Before joining the first Hmong children’s choir in her Midwestern hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Pagnia Xiong could only imagine being a selected soloist in any of her school’s music programs. That all changed at the age of 10 when she made her first public appearance as soloist in a local Hmong children’s choir, performing throughout Wisconsin at area schools, community events, television shows, and cultural celebrations. What she did not know then was that it was just the beginning of what would become a passionate love for music.
In 2001, she began competing vocally throughout the Midwest and earned several winning titles. In the winter of 2005, she took three vocal competition titles: 1st Place in the Hmong Contemporary Song competition (St. Paul Hmong New Year), 1st Place in the Hmong American New Year (HANY) vocal contest, and also winner of the first ever Hmong Idol competition. In July 2006, Pagnia released her debut album titled, “Nyob Ib Sab,” a powerful and unique display of her vocal abilities, which included hit songs such as “Nyob Ib Sab” and “Niam.” Pagnia’s latest release, her sophomore album titled, “Ntseeg Kuv,” includes the popular ballads, “Cia Rau Txoj Hmoo” and “Txoj Phuam Txoom Suab.”
On stage, Pagnia has performed with various world-renown Hmong artists such as The Sounders, Touly Vangkhue, Ly Dang of Xanakee, Destiny, The Kong & Shu Project, and Duce Khan. In the many years of her performing, she has also entertained thousands of people throughout the United States and France. She was a featured artist on the highly-acclaimed 2011 rendition of the popular 1980s Hmong ‘anthem’, “Hmoob Yuav Tsum Hlub Hmoob.”
Currently, she is discovering new grounds on growing as a vocal artist and pursuing music professionally.