By John Isaac
SARAWAK’s Jolynn J Chin is currently in the United States and is set to take the world by storm in America’s Got Talent Season 16 which premiers over NBC today.
The modern crossover pianist began her music education at the age of five and by the age of 13, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in music.
She was trained to play music from classical artists like Liszt, Chopin, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and while playing the music of classical greats, Jolynn, 25, also discovered a love for more modern music. She took a liking to classical crossover musicians like Maksim Mrvica and Asia’s Got Talent judge David Foster.
“My love for other genres such as pop, cross-over, electronic music, and jazz has drawn me to experiment with the fusion between them and my classical background,” Jolynn said in an interview with Talentrecap recently.
This led up to her being awarded the Gold Prize at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival Competition in 2016. She’s also won prizes in a other major music competitions. Jolynn also became an ambassador of the Children’s Music Fund to help sick children in California heal through music therapy.
“I want people to be able to relate to my music, in whatever they are going through in their lives, and for them to get inspiration, positivity, confidence, and to be uplifted,” she said.
With NBC getting her portraits taken (Facebook)
In 2018, Jolynn released her debut single “Toccata.” It’s a take on Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. She added a bit of jazz and a more modern flair to this piece. The song was mastered by Howie Weinberg who has worked with legendary rock bands like Metallica and Aerosmith.
This led up to Jolynn dropping her five-track EP Beyond Classical in 2019. It was up for consideration in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category for the 62nd Grammy Awards. This EP is the perfect balance of classical music, jazz, and modern music like pop and EDM.
During quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolynn created a video project where she uploads a 1-minute track every month. The track is based on what happened that month and what is going on in her life at that particular time. She teased that all of these quarantine tracks will be compiled into her upcoming EP set to release this year.
Along with her quarantine tracks, Jolynn has regularly uploaded unique piano covers to her YouTube channel and on TikTok. Her most popular cover on YouTube with over 21,000 views is a mashup of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” and Beethoven.
When announcing that she would be competing on Season 16 of America’s Got Talent, Jolynn also thanked the show for inviting her.