CJ Li

CJ Li

BandPopRock

Asian-Canadian Rocker Girl- I write all my songs & will one day be a rockstar. :)

Biography

CJ Li has a passion for music that breaks all boundaries -- she speaks her mind and stands up for what she believes in. Born in Vancouver and raised on the tropical island, Mauritius, this pop-rock talent is in the music industry to stay.

CJ is an active member of Vancouver 's local music scene and has a rapidly growing fanbase. This summer, CJ made an appearance at Vancouver's popular "Anime Evolution" and performed for over 5,000 fans. Currently, this confident songwriter is increasing her exposure by playing various gigs around town & selling dozens of CDs per show.

On the web, CJ has created an empire. Her YouTube videos have attracted favorable attention, especially in Japan. To date, CJ's videos have had over a quarter-million views (www.youtube.com/cjlimusic) and she has been crowned the "24th Most Viewed Musician in Canada" and "80th Most Subscribed Musician in Japan".

Previously known as the timid 7 year old who wrote melodic harmonies in her room, CJ has spawned into the in-your-face rocker that fans have come to love. The Canada Music Fund Council has acknowledged CJ's potential as a musician by granting her assistance in producing original music. The young artist, who has earned her diploma in Vocal Jazz, has also been nominated "Best Songwriter" for the International MusicAid Contest. Recently, CJ has been endorsed by Daisy Rock Guitars.

CJ's tunes hook you in while her lyrics keep you thinking. Each song is a story in itself and her music always leaves you craving for more.

What Others are saying about CJ:

"CJ Li's lyrics can be syrupy sweet, but her music comes complete with a hard edge." - Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby (sivers.org).

"CJ Li's music is equally as infectious as her tomboyish charm. She bluntly hits you with sharp lyrics, raw emotion and pure talent. Keep both eyes on CJ- she's an artist that would be foolish to ignore." - Janelle Chung, Radio Host CiTR 101.4fm

"CJ is really, really good with an amazing voice…
It is rare that you come across an artist with a voice as beautifully haunting and rocking as CJ Li's. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with and Daisy Rock is proud to endorse her and be part of her team." - Tish Ciravolo, President/Founder, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Lyrics

Something Beautiful

Written By: CJ Li

It’s getting harder each day
Don’t know if I will awake
Tomorrow brings new things
I don’t want

So in the dark I await
Can someone help me escape
This life that I cannot take
Has gone wrong

In the dark now in the corner
Knocking for hearts on anyone’s door
So I lie here all alone
I imagine no one’s out there
Nobody cares, not even the phone
So I lie here all alone, alone, alone, alone

Chorus
And wait for something
Beautiful and magical
And wait for something
Beautiful, unnatural
I starve for something
It’s all or nothing
And wait for something beautiful, no, no

Catch me laughing in the gutter
How can I not when everything’s wrong
So I lie here in my home
Now I’m falling into winter
Walking on ice and knowing it broke
So I lie here all alone, alone, alone, alone

Chorus

How can you tell me nothing will progress
If I don’t give this a chance
How can you say that life is just that way
If I let it get the best

Chorus

Halfway There, Not Halfway Dead

Written By: CJ Li

Some of us have somewhere to go
But you never know
What’s coming up behind you instead
So if you found that place for sure
Would you really go
Or leave it all behind you

And now that all your work’s put forth
Would you let it show
Or have it all play in your head
So if you found a place for sure
Would you really go
Or leave it all behind you

Chorus
Hey now, don’t you give it all up
You’re halfway there, not halfway dead
And hey now, don’t you give it all up
You’re halfway there, not halfway dead
Oh

And when you hit the bumpy road
Where do you look
When you keep on finding more instead
And now you have a little sore
Where do you go
Do you leave it all behind you

Chorus

I know it’s hard to keep an optimistic track
But looking back
You just can’t throw it all away
Away

Chorus

You're Nothing More

Written By: CJ Li, Mike Southworth

Find out what they want you for
It's money and it's nothing more
Find out that they've got you down
On your knees

Find out what they say's a lie
And tell me who'd care if you died?
Find out that they're using you
Open your eyes
Open your eyes

Chorus
It's money
They're dirty
So greedy
Why can't you see?
It's money
They're happy
So greedy
Believe me that you're nothing more
You're nothing more to them
You're nothing more
You're nothing more to them

Find out they don't care for you
Everything they say's untrue
Find out all they wanna do
Is wreck your life

Find out that they're insincere
They spit out words you wanna hear
Find out all they wanna do
Is mess your mind
Mess up your mind

Chorus

Won't you give it up for another chance?
To prove to yourself
Fix up your mess
Won't you wake up from your big lie?
And realize they've stolen your life

That's How the Story Goes

Written By: CJ Li

What a cruel motivation
What a heartbreaking nation
Can you see, can you see
Can you see right through me

What a cruel population
That’s harder than fiction
Can you see, can you see
Can you see right through me
See right through me now

Chorus
And that’s how the story goes so far
That’s not what’s meant to happen
That’s how the story goes
To sicken, sicken your plastic minds
That’s how the story goes so far
That’s not what’s meant to happen
That’s how the story goes
To sicken, sicken your plastic minds

What a scary conclusion
From a soul in seclusion
Can you breathe, can you breathe
Right through me

And a final illusion
Of a world in confusion
Can you leave, can you leave
Can you leave still knowing
Leave still knowing that

That’s how the story goes now
That’s how the story’s told
That’s how the story goes now

And that’s how the story goes now
That’s how the story’s told
That’s how the story now

Chorus

Count Me in the Circus

Written By: CJ Li

I can’t help seeing the lines and spots
The polka dots are pretty
My eyesight’s breaking up when I talk
I think I’m going crazy

What happened to my umbrella’s heart
It rained on me baby
And so I threw away all the drugs
The sugar pills don’t fail me
And I’m feeling great

Chorus
Count me in
The circus is about to start
I will I won’t forget you
Count me as
The Circus “Featured Star”
I will let’s not forget you

I can’t help looking out for my clothes
In case they recognize me
That sideline’s tickling cause he know
Conductor’s feeling hazy
And I’m feeling great

Chorus

Conversation’s not relating
So I end up in this place
Conversations’ not relating
So I talk to myself instead
Dah, Dah, Dah, Doo, Wah, Bop!

Chorus

Serves You Right

Written By: CJ Li

You’re so beautiful in such a tempting way
So I stayed to play
Love is always found in such a complicated game
Where I don’t run away

Pre Chorus
Yes I heard the warning
I know you heard the warnings

Chorus
Serves you right when there’s fire in your eyes (Hey!)
Serves you right once you’ve been told (You should know!)
Serves you right when you
Just let it go
Serves you right when you can’t say no

Take my heart in two and babe, don’t forget the tape
‘Cause along comes the pain with the smiles
You know we wouldn’t have it any other way
And now we’re here the stay

Pre Chorus

And we’re fighting but we’re trying
Laughing and we’re crying

Chorus

My heart is beating out of time
So won’t you rock it down now
My heart is bleeding out of my
Soul don’t you know now, so don’t you know now
So don’t you know now, so don’t you know now

Chorus x 2

Serves us right
‘Cause we’re out of control

Discography

Album: "What If", "Something Beautiful"
Radio Airplay: Japan, Canada, United Sates.
YouTube Awards: "24th Most Viewed Artist in Canada", "75th Most Subscribed and Viewed Musician in Japan".

Set List

1 hour of original tunes. (sometimes add 1 cover song depending on the venue)