ABOUT THE CONCERT
Youth Creators' Night Benefit Concert was held on August 10th 2019, at West Houston Chinese Church. The concert showcased 6 unique youth creators, each excelling in their field. Being a creator is one step further than being a performer, it means being able to call a piece of art one's own.
The organization benefiting from our concert is Crystal's very own SOAR, a student-led nonprofit aiding cancer patients throughout the nation. We were able to raise $15,168.49 from concert sales and donations.
Thank you to our performers, SOAR volunteers, event planning team, West Houston Chinese Church facility and administrators, and everyone who came out to support!
A special thank you to Mayor Sylvestor Turner, Congressman Al Green, Congressman Pete Olson, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee for presenting these official proclamations.
Another thank you to our event sponsors and donors for your generous and charitable donations:
Bellaire Shooting Range; Kaneyama Japanese Restaurant; Pepper Twins; Allwin Insurance; Meimei Realty; QQ Realty; HCYA; To The Top Education Group; Advanced Academy; Hua Song; Mary Li; Tracy Xu; Lei Deng; Guiming Liu; Xuan Li; Casey Chen; Susanna Yu; Clarence Miller; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's Representative: Ling Luo; Aspiration Foundation; China Star Restaurant Group LLC; Yuxin Fan; Yan Liu; Tiancong Hong; Yuanhui Sun; Danting Yin.
Crystal's love for performing started at just 3 years old. Since then, she has learned to play the piano, guitar, pipa, as well as explore the depths of songwriting. By age 13, she created her stage name, Crystal King, and released her first single on iTunes. Though such a young musician, Crystal is often praised for writing lyrics well beyond her years. She has acquired many accolades including Winner of US Division of The Voice of China in 2017, Finalist in the UK International Songwriting Contest in 2017, Winner of the Akademia Music Awards in 2018, etc. This fall, Crystal plans to attend a Dual Degree Program with Harvard University and Berklee College of Music. Crystal's passions also lie in giving back to her community, which is why she is so excited to be headlining this benefit concert.
Liangston is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. He began performing and competing within the Houston community at the age of 12, winning competitions such as US China Superstar in 2016 and placing top 20 at the Beijing global finals for Shuilifang. In 2016, He started writing songs and producing music. Liangston recorded and released his first album, “Balance”, on Spotify/iTunes in September 2018. This album which consists of 6 r&b tracks surpassed 115,000 streams in 9 months. His most popular song, titled “You”, has amassed over 50,000 streams alone. He is currently working on his next album, and plans on releasing it soon.
No Rehearsal is an American indie rock trio from Houston, Texas consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Cobb, bassist Christian Mireles, and drummer David Shorey. No Rehearsal strives to create music that communicates vulnerability and rawness, allowing the listener to disconnect from the scary reality of the world, while still retaining emotional and technical value through substance in the instrumentation, delivering a sonically and lyrically concise indie rock piece of art.
Crystal Wen is a 17 year old graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School. She will be attending New York University in Shanghai, studying Computer Science. Her creative interests arose in her spare time in high school, manifesting mostly in video editing and animation. She edited music videos and designed some ideas for Crystal King, created a promotional video for West Houston Chinese Church, and made a few Korean Drama edits, gaining almost 4k views, as of June 28. Crystal’s animation experience started 3 years ago entering a contest called Talk! talk! Korea 2016. Though she lacked proper animation technology, she created her own techniques such as tracing drawings on paper over an ipad and using flipagram to time the frames. She continued animating her school projects, short story lines, and most recently, videos to songs. In 2019, Crystal won 2nd place in the Fort Bend ISD Film Festival for her animation, “Life, Again.” Crystal hopes to continue her passion of animation and other creative fields throughout college.
Catherine Larsen is a dancer on Soreal Dance Studio’s JV team Soreal and is also a member of the Memorial Markettes. Catherine has been dancing since the age of two ranging in diverse styles such as hip hop, ballet, contemporary as well as jazz. Catherine has won multiple dance awards at her old studio and is currently (along with her team) 1st place champions of World of Dance Dallas. Catherine is beyond excited to be part of this event and she hopes you enjoy her performance.
Tristan Nigos is a 16 year old upcoming senior at Austin High School. He has been making video projects in his free time for the past two years. Tristan holds important roles as a videographer/photographer for three clubs at his school, and he has made video projects for five different clubs.
SOAR (Students for Oncological Aid and Relief) is a student led nonprofit organization founded by Crystal 3 years ago after her cousin was diagnosed with cancer. Their mission is to bring joy and aid to cancer patients across the nation and inspire other youth to make a difference.