November 11, 1980 |
|Occupation||Media executive, artist and missionary|
Jaeson Ma (Chinese: 馬正遠; pinyin: Mǎ Zhēngyuǎn; born November 11, 1980) is an American talent manager, producer, writer, musician and missionary who is best known for his work as a media consultant, artist and inspirational speaker.
Early life and education
Jaeson Ma was born on November 11, 1980 in Lubbock, Texas of Chinese descent. Jaeson was the youngest of three children. According to a CBN article of Ma's testimony, he had a difficult childhood in San Jose, California, and was involved in stealing and selling drugs. When the police showed up to Ma's house one day with a warrant for his arrest, Ma decided to "[get] his heart right with God" and "came clean of all his wrongdoing". Following his conversion, Ma served as a missionary, church planter, and writer before becoming an artist and media executive.
Ma founded EWA (East West Artists) a global media company. Currently, EWA manages Mark Chao, Godfrey Gao, Van Ness Wu, Cung Le, Agnes Monica, and others in partnership with Untitled Entertainment. Jaeson's passion and mission is to break Asian talent into mainstream pop culture. He has always believed in the power of talent to change and reconcile the cultures of east and west.
Jaeson formerly worked with Plan C agency and Adventures Corp which managed known Asian talents Far East Movement, Jin the MC, Daniel Wu and other top tier Asian global artists.
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Ma is also known for his work as a rap musician, actor, and pastor. Zoe Li, a CNN reporter, referred to Ma as the "world's most prominent Asian hip-hop pastor, travelling the globe and spreading the Christian word of God through music".
Ma has been described as a friend and mentor to various Korean pop artists such as 2NE1, Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Sooyoung, Super Junior's Choi Siwon, ex-UKISS member Alexander Lee Eusebio, Jinusean's Sean, Big Bang, 2NE1, After School, and many others. According to some sources, Ma seemed concerned with the increasing rate of suicide among "Korean artists & entertainers".
His company UNEW (Universal Network East West) is a production company for East West media and entertainment.
Ma spent three months working on the film touring China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia to document the explosive growth of Christianity in Asia. While on tour, he filmed interviews with church leaders, Asian celebrities, artists, and entrepreneurs representing both Christians and non-Christians.
In September 2009, Ma's hit single, "Love" (featuring Bruno Mars), was produced by KevNish from Far East Movement. In the first two weeks of the music video's release, it received 60,000 hits on YouTube and was #10 on Amazon's mp3 sales.
Ma released a new album, Glory, on December 7, 2010.
Jaeson is releasing a new mixtape album called "Confession X Resurrection" in 2013 based on his life experiences between 2010-2012.
- Ma, Jaeson (Aug 2007). The Blueprint: A Revolutionary Plan to Plant Missional Communities on Campus. ISBN 978-0-8307-4408-4.
- "Jaeson Ma: Redemption of a Wild Child". CBN.
- "21 Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow". Charisma Magazine. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- Zoe, Li (2009-09-24). "Asia is the Next Big Christian Thang". CNN. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Sean and Jaeson Ma ask you to pray for Korean artists and entertainers" (in Korean). AllKPop.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
- "Pastor Jaeson Ma and Sean Ask For Prayers For Korean Entertainers". Daily K Pop News. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "2NE1's Park Bom & Minzy with Jaeson Ma and Sandra's updates". KoreanTopNews. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Documentary '1040' on Christianity in Asia Premiers in Hollywood". The Gospel Herald. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Hip Hop Pastor Documents Big Christian Movement in Asia 10/40". The Christian Post. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
- "Documentary Explores Modern Asia Revival". Charisma Magazine. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Jaeson Ma's "Love" Song Produced by Kev Nish of Far East Movement". aznraps.com. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- "Entertainment". Ink Magazine University of Florida. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- "Fresh 2009". Last.fm. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2010-07-22.