PHS students win national La La Land competition

Out of all of PHS’ alumni, one of the most familiar names is that of director and screenwriter Damien Chazelle. Of the films that Chazelle has helped produce, one of the most popular is La La Land. Recently, a national contest was held by La La Land social media accounts in search of the best cover of the Oscar winning song  “City of Stars”, which was featured in the movie. The winners of the contest were none other than a musical group with PHS students: Jackie Hua ’17, Coco Mi ’18, Easha Nandyala ’19, and Shravya Nandyala ’20. The group recorded and posted a cover of La La Land’s “City of Stars” in late January 2017, with the Nandyala sisters on vocals, and Hua and Mi, on piano and violin respectively. The cover had been prerecorded, not for the contest, but for posting. Coincidentally, Mi found this  contest on @lalaland, the official La La Land Instagram page. The contest was held by Lionsgate, the official film company behind La La Land, and winners would be chosen on a basis of both creativity and originality. Not expecting much from their submission, the group was thoroughly surprised when they were sent an email notifying them about their win. Not only was their cover retweeted by the official La La Land Twitter page, but they were also awarded a Kronos performance synthesizer like the one Sebastian (played by Ryan Gosling) used in the film.

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