If you haven’t already succumbed to downloading TikTok, you’re one of the rare few left. The short-form video app has taken the world by storm since its launch worldwide in 2018, with everyone from Gen Z teens to celebrities like BTS and Justin Bieber having hopped on the trend. TikTok has also produced many rising musicians due to its algorithm that lays the groundwork for their virality.
If you haven’t already seen these musically-gifted TikTokers on your #ForYou page, here’s a list of 9 Asian TikTok musicians you need to check out.
Who is he: Filipino TikToker Francis Greg rose to fame after his cover of ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ achieved virality on the app. From covers of songs from LANY to Bruno Mars, his TikToks often feature him belting out lyrics effortlessly while slapping on a cajon. Take a listen to his smooth vocals and you’ll have no problem wondering why he has amassed a following of more than 1 million on TikTok.
It will rain by Bruno Mars ##cover ##foryou ##fyp ##acoustic♬ It Will Rain Cover - Francis Greg
Followers on TikTok: 1.4M
Who is she: If you recently spotted a TikTok of a girl playing the saxophone on your For You page, it was probably Amanda Sze. Born and raised in Canada, many of Sze’s TikToks have garnered hundreds of thousands of views, if not millions. According to Sze, she’s mastered how to play songs by ear without even checking the pitch of individual notes. Apart from the saxophone, Sze also plays the violin, piano, and clarinet.
sax version? thoughts?? ☺️🎷##good4u##oliviarodrigo##music##musician##saxophone##sax##cover##DoYouYuzu##asiantiktok##good4ucover##good4uoliviarodrigo♬ good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo
Followers on TikTok: 992k
Who is she: Chevy is a TikToker who started writing music since 2018. Born in Australia, the young singer-songwriter now films and uploads her TikTok covers from California. Her soft, soothing vocals and ethereal vibes set her apart from the rest, making her TikToks the perfect remedy after a long day.
the alphabet song 💗 ##fyp ##alphabetsong ##cover ##uke♬ original sound - chevy
Followers on TikTok: 256k
Who is she: Undoubtedly one of the largest breakthrough music artists from TikTok, Filipino-American Bella Poarch was everywhere on the app after her entrancing lip-sync TikToks caught everyone’s attention. Her first TikTok to achieve virality, a lip-sync video of Millie-B’s ‘M To The B’, has garnered more than 50 million likes to date. Her debut single released this year titled ‘Build A B*tch’ also managed to land a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
To the 🐝 🐝 🐝 ##fyp♬ M to the B - Millie B
Followers on TikTok: 77M
Who is she: A young Filipino-American singer with huge potential, Emilee Estoya is a name to look out for. Her ‘Ariana Grande accent challenge’ TikTok managed to amass more than 600k likes, where she belted out snippets from Grande’s hit songs that sounded eerily similar to the A-list singer. Only 20 years old, she’s also already released her 3rd EP titled Interlude.
reuploading cause tik tok is bein weird... but anyway i got this idea from @fatty956 and @christidavinci !♬ original sound - emilee
Followers on TikTok: 343k
Who is she: Singaporean singer Emma may only be 19 years young, but her voice is a force to be reckoned with. Her velvety vocals only serve to bring out the emotions in each of her song covers, which is no wonder why she has more than 200k followers on TikTok. Apart from music, Emma also has a podcast titled ‘four seasons hoetell’.
ib @pxrxvi !!! ##fyp♬ original sound - emma 🐻❄️
Followers on TikTok: 200k
Who is she: Amy Oh is a TikToker who posts casual videos about her life as a student at the renowned Juilliard music school. While she uploads fun videos such as vlogs and playing with TikTok filters, her TikToks where she plays the violin are the ones that gain the most views and likes. Her mother also makes an appearance in a few of her TikToks, where she plays the piano alongside Amy on the violin.
playin experience by ludovici w my mom. go sub to me on youtube! link in profile 🤩##voiceeffects♬ original sound - amy oh
Followers on TikTok: 502k
Who is she: Ghea Indrawari’s bright demeanor and euphonious vocals are sure to bring a smile to your face when you click on her TikTok page. You’ll often find her with her launchpad when she uploads a music cover, where she taps on the device while singing at the same time.
ga tahan pengen bikin ini 😂😂 ##baby ##cleanbandit ##cover ##fyp ##foryoupage♬ original sound - ghea indrawari
Followers on TikTok: 1.6M
Who is she: Alsa Aqilah is a young Indonesian powerhouse singer whose TikToks have appeared on many users’ For You pages time and time again. Her melodious voice makes every video an instant hit, regardless of whether it's a cover or a TikTok challenge. With more than 700M views combined on the app, she’s definitely one of TikTok’s rising music stars.
the lyrics✨🧚♀️ @bellapoarch♬ original sound - alsa
Followers on TikTok: 10.2M