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5/8/2017 3:39:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Tsabmim Xyooj Returns To Music

By Amy Doeun

Tsabmim Xyooj said, "Actually, I became a singer by accident. In 1990 I was only 13 years old and because my parents didn't have money for school I had stopped going to school." Growing up in Thailand Xyooj had few options, "Since I didn't want to go out and farm with my family, I started learning how to sing. A friend of mine and I were bored so we participated in a dance group for a band called, 'Phoojywg Roobsiab'." This band had two lead singers, Khu Vang and Povmeem Hawj. Povmeem Hawj was a well-known singer from the 1980s. When the band was ready to record an album Khu Vang wasn't able to participate. Xyooj was selected to fill in, "Povmeem came to me and showed me Mai Moua's picture and her cassettes and said that if I had the voice and courage to follow this path that I would be able to become like Mai Moua." So she did.

At just 13 years old she recorded her first album. As a singer and songwriter she was able to write and sing. "Certain songs that I wrote touch people's feelings deep inside. I felt great about my music and career." Yet Xyooj decided to take a break from music. "I left the limelight of the Hmong music world to become a wife and a mother at the peak of my singing career. In 1999, I got married and shortly after I had a beautiful daughter. It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life, but unfortunately, it wasn't."

Xyooj shared candidly that she struggled with her role of being a wife and mother. After two years of marriage she filed for divorce, it took another five years for the divorce to be finalized. "It was especially difficult for me because my parents and families were in Thailand. I couldn't just run to my parents for help like many Hmong sisters. I also grew up in Thailand and I didn't have an American education so it was extremely difficult for me. I felt lost like a child in an unwanted foreign land. My heart and soul were in Thailand with my family, but I was living here in the U.S. it was loving friends that helped me survive and overcome my obstacles in my life. It was God who saw that I needed help and he led those precious people into my life and helped me with every aspect of life including helping me to raise my daughter who is now 16 years old."

Now, after a 15 years away from the music scene, she is back. "I am not done with music yet. After a 15 year absence, I hope I am smarter, wiser and more mature on various topics in life, love and relationships. I hope that it will come through in my lyrics and the songs that I choose."

Her conversion experience plays a big part in what music she chooses now. "It was during my time of trials and tribulations that I turned to Christian music because of my faith and the good people I've met at my church. Both Christians and non-Christians alike have criticized me personally and professionally. I felt Christian songs are songs to honor and praise God just as we honor our mother and father here on earth. Christian songs are songs about brotherly love and love for our parents and Savior. Mainstream or love songs are songs about romantic love which can cover a wide variety of topics, but ultimately it can help to strengthen us when we are weak and alone. Because we all need love in our lives, any type of message regarding love is a great message for the soul. As God's message to all of us, 'Love one another as I have loved you.'"

Xyooj has now started her own company called Tsabmim Xyooj International Entertainment Services. "We will provide music, voice and singing lesson and many other services."

That hasn't kept her from working on another album. "It is not yet completed, but I am very excited because it is something a little bit different from what I have done before. I don't really know what to expect after all these years. I don't know what my fans are expecting, however, I will just sing the songs that I like and that touch my heart and hope it still resonates with my fans. I hope that my fans will continue to support me in this next phase of my life and career."

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