Brenda Xu

Brenda Xu

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

San Diego Honoring Acoustic Talent Award Nominee, Brenda Xu's music is a blend of haunting melodies with a rock edge, most often compared to that of Aimee Mann and Suzanne Vega. Her voice is soothing with a raw intensity that both calms and stirs the senses.

Biography

Brenda Xu (pronounced “shoo”) was born in Northern China in the city of Harbin. At the age of 5 she moved with her grandmother to California. As a teenager, she would record herself singing along to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, and taught herself how to play guitar. After graduating from UC San Diego with a degree in Political Science, she wandered from job to job, ignoring her creative inclinations. It was not until she started writing her own songs that she found direction and purpose and finally pursued her true calling.

Brenda began her music career in January of 2007, playing 4-5 open mics per week for 4 months. After releasing a 6-song EP that year, she soon became a staple in the San Diego music scene and began playing shows at venues such as Lestat's, Dublin's Square, and festivals such as Ray At Night and Artwalk. Nominated for Best New Artist in San Diego's Honoring Acoustic Talent Awards that year, she has since opened shows for international touring artists such as Gregory Page, and Renata Youngblood.

Her music has been described as haunting and melodic with a rock influence, and has been compared most often to that of Aimee Mann. Her songs have received airplay on various radio stations, including San Diego's KPRI 102.1, Boston Progress Radio, and Insomnia Radio and her debut EP has been written about in The SD Reader, The North County Times and Performer Magazine. She has just released her first full-length CD this winter.

Lyrics

Count To Ten

Written By: Brenda Xu

Counting on diamond
waiting for the day
make him part of you
Saying it out loud now
couldn't wait to see
everyone see you
Say he is the only one
and you couldn't be farther to
give a promise to him

I'd count to ten before I dive in
I'd count to ten before I raise the stakes, yeah

Buy a house, buy the land
make the bread, and go out on the town
Wait to see, all made up
who you here for - in just a little while
he'll be here
'I do best to leave here now,' she thought
'I do best to leave before we...'

I'd count to ten before I dive in
I'd count to ten before I raise the stakes, yeah

And he was such a girl
And he was such a girl

I'd count to ten before I dive in
I'd count to ten before I raise the stakes, yeah

It's all the same, wash it down
couldn't be another one there for miles
There now, don't be shy
live it up just one day at a time, yeah
take it now
just take it now
take it now



The Space Between

Written By: Brenda Xu

See the shadows cross your face,
As you turn your head away
And you don't want to go home
Well, you can stay here for a while
This time we'll come out stronger
My love, you'll come around

My maker doesn't live in the sky
it's the space between you and I
Right now
And this rain it falls, tells me
The secret in your eyes

Tell me little lies
To help me on my way
And I'd go for miles
You write the story on your own
I'll meet you at the end

My maker doesn't live in the sky it's the space between you and I
Right now
And this rain it falls - tells me
The secret in your eyes

The rain it falls, like any other day in this sad place
For my memory of you - it falls and falls
without an ending,
without an end...

My maker doesn't live in the sky
it's the space between you and I
Right now
And this rain it falls - tells me
The secret in your eyes

Certainty

Written By: Brenda Xu

certainty come back to me, come back
certainty come back to me, come back
I want to wake up and feel at home in mind
some things were meant to be here in time
oh but time is leaving, moon is coming round
time is leaving, i am running still

and what happened to assuredness, timeliness, coincidentally it's right
oh I need it, I don't want to
lay awake at night
holding my pieces now
asking for you

what if the stars came out to play
would it be enough
maybe that's all it takes to dream
just a little illusion

I signed my life to the moon
and it gave me back all the things I did wrong
was it another life that we were living before
is it another time that we are living now
is it you who is holding me back from this
or is it myself
or is it my thoughts
oh..
certainty come back to me
once oh once can I make you stay
no matter how hard we try it goes away
no matter how hard we try it goes away

what if the stars came out to play
would it be enough
maybe that's all it takes to dream
just a little illusion

Discography

A Little Illusion available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major online retailers
It's True (EP) available on cdbaby.com and blacklava.com, songs available on myspace.com/brendaxu
Songs played on San Diego radio from EP and full album include "Count To Ten," "What I've Got Inside," and "Losing The Moment"

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes to an hour long, but can be as long as 2 hours.

I play mostly originals, but like to throw in a few covers if I'm playing a longer set.

Covers played include:
"Here Comes The Rain" by Eurythmics
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
"Lovesong" by The Cure
"Gotta Have You" by The Weepies
"All I Want Is You" by U2
Various songs by Aimee Mann