Representing Washington DC is Vatsana “Paradise” Luangrath, a singer hailing from Reston, Virginia. Paradise wowed the crowds at Kollaboration DC 5 with his emotional interpretation of Tupac Shakur’s “Pain,” using a combination of his smooth vocals and touching lyrics to bring home the title and the opportunity to represent the DMV at Kollaboration Star.
Born in Laos, Paradise came to the United States when he was two years old. Part of a musical family, one can say that music is in Paradise’s blood. Both of Paradise’s parents were singer-songwriters (his father in particular was also a talented comedian, juggler, and fire eater) and he learned how to play the drums, guitar, keyboard, and sing in spite of being diagnosed with a hearing condition at a young age. Singing from his heart and soul, he wishes to make his blessing a blessing to all as he continuously strives to evolve as an artist and reach for new heights.