The true crime series from Peacock, A Friend of the Family just shared that Fil-Am and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) actor Ella Jay Basco joins the cast as a recurring role. No details have yet been shared, but the series is based on the true story of the Broberg family. It follows the daughter, Jan (Hendrix Yancey) who was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by Robert “B” Berchtold (Jake Lacy), a charismatic, obsessed family “friend.”
According to Variety, “The Brobergs are devoted to their faith, family and community.” Their lives were forever changed when their charismatic neighbor drove their family apart with manipulated tactics, turning their own daughter against them. The limited series will portray how the family survived these events.
Ella Jay Basco has also appeared in episodes of “Veep,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Teachers,” “Superior Donuts” and “Happyland.” Also a musician, one of her most recent tracks, “Bubble Tea” came from the EP “Middle School.”
Cover Photo Credit: Ella Jay Basco Instagram
Before Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close, there are artists you should know about to keep the pride going. These artists have been on our playlist and we’re here to share them with you. Check out the list below of rising APA artists to watch!
THUY: the Vietnamese singer-songwriter from the Bay Area is following her dreams as a soulful R&B artist inspired by the 90’s era. After getting a glimpse of the music industry, she traded her pursuit in medicine and looked towards becoming a musician to inspire others.
ELLA JAY BASCO: the Filipino-Korean singer and actor who you may have seen in Birds of Prey is gearing up to release her upcoming album starting with the single, “Eye to Eye” and her latest release “Bubble Tea.” She is also the niece of actors Dion and Dante Basco.
ASHLEY MEHTA: the Filipino-Indian R&B artist is starting to take the music scene by storm. She melds pop, R&B, hip hop and electronic music creating an ebullient, yet unique sound. Also from the Bay Area, Ashley takes pride in melding her music and cultures together.
KIYOMI: the Filipino-Japanese Bay Area born artist is a breath of fresh air with her music. The young artist has managed to rack up nearly 1 million plays across all digital streaming platforms with her sound filled with R&B, pop, and a sprinkle of your favorite genre.
BOHAN PHOENIX: born in China and immigrated to America at 11-years old, he was unable to speak English. When he found hip-hop, Bohan Phoenix was able to learn the language quickly by rapping along. Today, he meshes his cultures in his music by including both Mandarin and English lyrics to reflect his dual identity.
MIYACHI: New York based, Japanese-American rapper blends hip-hop sensibilities with East and West collaborating with Jay Park, Yameen, and more. His music takes aim at Asian-American stereotypes and flow it effortlessly over boom-bap and trap-laden instrumentals.
AUDREY NUNA: the New Jersey singer and rapper is best for her singles, “damn Right” and “Comic Sans” featuring Jack Harlow. Taking a break from NYU’s Clive Davis Music Institute to focus on music, her sound can be described as a combination of the pop, R&B, rap, and trap genres.
LIKKLE JORDE: reggae artist from O’ahu Hawai’i is setting the tone for island music with his authentic sound. His love for reggae music started at an early age and since then crafted his own sound. He was recently nominated for an Island Music Award.
SATICA: the Cambodian-American singer and songwriter performs sleek pop music infused with electronic textures and R&B/soul. Her sound is influenced by Bon Iver, Lykke Li, Frank Ocean, and Panic! At the Disco. She’s collaborated with Manilla Killa, AOBeats, BLKNZ, and Kiana V.
KELANDY: singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawai’i creates music inspired by a mix of Soul, Reggae, Pop, and Rock. His dynamic sound is matched with catchy lyrics, smooth voice, and island sounds.
ELI-MAC: Born in Makati, Philippines, Eli-Mac (Camile Velasco) and her family later moved to Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. An American Idol alum, she’s since then taking her music career as a solo artist.
ANA VEE: This female artist is bringing an emerging style of island music. Her hit song “HAWAII” has topped charts and became the #1 shazamed song in Honolulu. Her music reflects the idea of self-empowerment as a young women living life on her own terms.
Actress, Singer, and Songwriter Ella Jay Basco hit us with an A Capella Cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s deja vu alongside the talented members of The Filharmonic last week. Ella’s tone and the harmonies from The Filharmonic mesh so well together. The video is definitely a must-see.
The group has brought back “Filharmonic Friday,” so we hope to see even more awesome videos like this coming from them in the near future.
Ella, as most of you know as Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey has released a handful of songs in the past few years which you can check out on her Youtube Channel. But just this week she releases her latest single Eye to Eye out now on all streaming platforms. Make sure to stream Eye to Eye and get to know more of Ella’s music here.