Kristie Yung
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Kristie Yung

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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"Enter Kristie's Musical Journey"

Meet Kristie Yung, a young acoustic singer and songwriter from Vancouver looking to inspire the world. With a music background that's surprisingly unique from other artists, Kristie reveals the importance of learning as much as you can from other people and other cultures, and to work on all aspects of the music industry. Read below as we explore Kristie's journey as an artist, her tips for aspiring artists, and her future plans!

(Article in digital magazine - Can we read at the link below). - CHARGED Magazine


"Kristie Yung to Release Debut EP"

QUESTION: Which artist has been a marimba player for a West African band, wrote, choreographed and performed in an r&b/pop girl group, and topped the international charts by way of a duet with the Elvis of the Middle East?

ANSWER: Why Kristie Yung of course. These are but a few of the myriad of stops along the musical journey of this beautiful and multi-talented musician.

An expressive, soulful and authentic artist, Kristie has been perfecting her songwriting and singing throughout the years. Hot off the recent release of her single, “It’s You”, Kristie is preparing (for) the release of her debut EP, “The Setlist Project” on Friday September 28.

Kristie is the epitome of commitment. From teaching herself guitar at 16 years old, to getting a Communications degree, and continuing to work full-time at a children’s charity while cultivating her music career, Kristie embodies what it means to be passionate.



Yet it’s her genuine enthusiasm and dedication to excellence which inspires others, and drives her through her days, “I can’t express to you how much passion I have for this. Some days are difficult in juggling both my day job and my music, but then I’ll be in the studio and the producer will play the smallest thing back to me, like a bass line, and I’ll have that moment when I am just absolutely loving this.”

Following the parting of her girl group at the end of 2010, Kristie was keen on continuing to perform live. No longer wanting to sing just covers on YouTube, Kristie began to establish herself as an original artist and songwriter to begin “The Setlist Project”, an endeavor to develop an original setlist for live venues.

While Kristie doesn’t like to distinctly label her sound, be prepared to hear some old school, acoustic soul/funk with modern pop elements. We can’t wait!


Who were your biggest musical influences for this record?
Allen Stone, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Justin Nozuka, John Mayer,and Adele.

Who are your fave fellow Tunezy musicians?
Tori Kelly and Kina Grannis.

What was your “Aha!” moment in realizing music is what you wanted to pursue and create?

I had always known, ever since singing a solo in 2nd grade. But when I was 16, I went to writing camp on Gambier Island. Everybody was writing stories for an assignment, but I chose to write a song. I was in the middle of this island, surrounded by the forest and I wrote my first song on the guitar. From that moment forward, it was no longer about wanting to be a musician, I knew I could be a musician.

If you could perform at any event in the world, what would it be?
Coachella.

What is the guilty pleasure band on your playlist?
One Direction. Although I did blast this in the car with my girlfriend the other day when I found out she secretly liked them too.

After the release of The Setlist Project, what should we expect from you??
*smiling from ear to ear* It’s a surprise. Something very exciting is in the works but I can’t say just yet. Stay tuned. - Tunezy Music


"Ella Fitzgerald Meets Taylor Swift"

Kristie Yung - an up-and-coming singer/songwriter described as ‘Ella Fitzgerald meets Taylor Swift’, is one of Vancouver’s musicians to watch. Getting her start in musical theatre and competing in various competitions and music groups, Kristie shares the journey she’s taken in completing and releasing her first EP.

Can you share a little about your background and how your journey into music began?

I’ve been singing my whole life. It started when I went on stage in a grade 2 musical play and I got the lead. That was my first exposure to music and auditioning. When I got the part, I was so happy and I knew at that moment that music was something that I had to do.

In high school, I was involved in vocal jazz band, school musicals and I took a very active leadership role. In 2003, I joined a world music performance group and I had the the amazing opportunity to tour internationally.

I entered Fairchild Television’s New Talent Singing Competition, earning a spot as the 2nd Runner up and later performing as part of a four-piece girl group called Am3ition.

Ultimately, the group went their separate ways due to timing. It was a good experience; it was a big part of my life.

How does your family feel about your musical goals?

My family is very supportive of me, but they want me to have a back up plan. I’m a realist and I know that bills need to be paid and sometimes music doesn’t pay the pills. My family supports me as long as I have some stability.

How would you describe your sound?

For the most part, I’m a pop singer but I have lots of roots in jazz and blues. You could say I have an acoustic soul sound.

What is your process when it comes to songwriting?

It’s always different. Because I’m a writer, sometimes I come up with the lyrics first and then I’ll sing it out and put a melody to it. Other times, I might have a nice melody in my head and then I work back.

Three songs on the EP I wrote by myself but the remaining two were co-written by Jonathan Wu, my guitarist. One of the most amazing experiences is working with other musicians because they help to make your ideas better. It always takes more than one musician to make a great song no matter what anyone else says.

Launching a musical career definitely has its challenges, what are some that you have faced or are currently facing and how has it helped you?

One of the biggest things I know musicians complain about, but it’s still a problem is that it is difficult to make a career out of music. In a blunt sense, musicians don’t really get paid. Musicians are entrepreneurs and their initial investment into musical career is all themselves. No one is going to pay for your recording studio time.

All of my start up investments including printing cds, booking shows, designing merchandise, it’s all me. I had to play shows for free to get my name out there. Financially, it’s quite difficult. If you don’t have the resources, it can be quite discouraging. I work in a marketing position that I love from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then I come home to work on my music till 2 a.m. I want it that badly, and I hope that it will show.

My EP is going to be released on Oct 1 on iTunes. This is the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. It’s the opportunity that I have created for myself.

Yung worked with Pakistani music legend Alagmir for "Keh Dena", a song from the soundtrack of South Asian show "Mangoes".

A lot of musicians achieve a certain celebrity from social networks like YouTube. How has social media impacted your musical endeavors?

Social media is awesome. For me, I’m kind of weird. My inspiration comes from people who do covers on YouTube in their bathrooms. What inspires me is their interpretations [of a song] and their unique sound. It impacts who I am as a YouTube artists as well as who I am as a musician. It has developed my sound.

I discover new artists from social media because it provides another avenue for artists to promote themselves. People have relied on radio for music, but there is new media out there where artists can control their fan base and how their music is promoted. It has helped me make a lot of connections and friends. It’s a community where people want to help each other and cross promote.

How would you describe Vancouver’s local music scene?

It feels like family because a lot of us know one another and we support each other. I don’t know what it’s like in other markets because I’ve only experienced Vancouver but I think one of those meaningful and inspiriting things about our music scene is that we rely on each other. It means so much when we are playing a show and other bands that you love come to support you.

I would think that in other communities you might have a lot of a competition. In Vancouver, there’s some competition, but it’s the attitude of “when I make it, I’m going to bring you with me”. We work hard because we know it’s not just about us, it’s about making Va - The Vancouver Observer


"Ella Fitzgerald Meets Taylor Swift"

Kristie Yung - an up-and-coming singer/songwriter described as ‘Ella Fitzgerald meets Taylor Swift’, is one of Vancouver’s musicians to watch. Getting her start in musical theatre and competing in various competitions and music groups, Kristie shares the journey she’s taken in completing and releasing her first EP.

Can you share a little about your background and how your journey into music began?

I’ve been singing my whole life. It started when I went on stage in a grade 2 musical play and I got the lead. That was my first exposure to music and auditioning. When I got the part, I was so happy and I knew at that moment that music was something that I had to do.

In high school, I was involved in vocal jazz band, school musicals and I took a very active leadership role. In 2003, I joined a world music performance group and I had the the amazing opportunity to tour internationally.

I entered Fairchild Television’s New Talent Singing Competition, earning a spot as the 2nd Runner up and later performing as part of a four-piece girl group called Am3ition.

Ultimately, the group went their separate ways due to timing. It was a good experience; it was a big part of my life.

How does your family feel about your musical goals?

My family is very supportive of me, but they want me to have a back up plan. I’m a realist and I know that bills need to be paid and sometimes music doesn’t pay the pills. My family supports me as long as I have some stability.

How would you describe your sound?

For the most part, I’m a pop singer but I have lots of roots in jazz and blues. You could say I have an acoustic soul sound.

What is your process when it comes to songwriting?

It’s always different. Because I’m a writer, sometimes I come up with the lyrics first and then I’ll sing it out and put a melody to it. Other times, I might have a nice melody in my head and then I work back.

Three songs on the EP I wrote by myself but the remaining two were co-written by Jonathan Wu, my guitarist. One of the most amazing experiences is working with other musicians because they help to make your ideas better. It always takes more than one musician to make a great song no matter what anyone else says.

Launching a musical career definitely has its challenges, what are some that you have faced or are currently facing and how has it helped you?

One of the biggest things I know musicians complain about, but it’s still a problem is that it is difficult to make a career out of music. In a blunt sense, musicians don’t really get paid. Musicians are entrepreneurs and their initial investment into musical career is all themselves. No one is going to pay for your recording studio time.

All of my start up investments including printing cds, booking shows, designing merchandise, it’s all me. I had to play shows for free to get my name out there. Financially, it’s quite difficult. If you don’t have the resources, it can be quite discouraging. I work in a marketing position that I love from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then I come home to work on my music till 2 a.m. I want it that badly, and I hope that it will show.

My EP is going to be released on Oct 1 on iTunes. This is the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. It’s the opportunity that I have created for myself.

Yung worked with Pakistani music legend Alagmir for "Keh Dena", a song from the soundtrack of South Asian show "Mangoes".

A lot of musicians achieve a certain celebrity from social networks like YouTube. How has social media impacted your musical endeavors?

Social media is awesome. For me, I’m kind of weird. My inspiration comes from people who do covers on YouTube in their bathrooms. What inspires me is their interpretations [of a song] and their unique sound. It impacts who I am as a YouTube artists as well as who I am as a musician. It has developed my sound.

I discover new artists from social media because it provides another avenue for artists to promote themselves. People have relied on radio for music, but there is new media out there where artists can control their fan base and how their music is promoted. It has helped me make a lot of connections and friends. It’s a community where people want to help each other and cross promote.

How would you describe Vancouver’s local music scene?

It feels like family because a lot of us know one another and we support each other. I don’t know what it’s like in other markets because I’ve only experienced Vancouver but I think one of those meaningful and inspiriting things about our music scene is that we rely on each other. It means so much when we are playing a show and other bands that you love come to support you.

I would think that in other communities you might have a lot of a competition. In Vancouver, there’s some competition, but it’s the attitude of “when I make it, I’m going to bring you with me”. We work hard because we know it’s not just about us, it’s about making Va - The Vancouver Observer


"Alamgir Comes Right Back with 'Keh Dena'"

"Whether it is deliberate or not, some of the bits in the original ‘Keh Dena’ that Yung sings, she sings better." - The News International


"Kristie Yung Live and Single Release Party"

"I have enjoyed seeing her progress, singing and performing. Always a talent, she has come a long way in a short time, developing her sound, voice, and presence performing on stage." - Vancouver Daze: Vancouver Is Awesome


"Kristie Yung Live and Single Release Party"

"I have enjoyed seeing her progress, singing and performing. Always a talent, she has come a long way in a short time, developing her sound, voice, and presence performing on stage." - Vancouver Daze: Vancouver Is Awesome


"Exclusive Music Interview with Kristie Yung"

"Vancouver’s very own Kristie Yung has been blasting up our music scene here with various performances across Vancouver’s diverse venues. Topping it off with her recent musical contribution to the new TV series, Mangoes, we were excited to get a closer look at the inspiration behind her music and what we can expect from her next." - ADFM


"Music Mondays: Kristie Yung Sings in Hindi/Urdu"

"Kristie was asked to re-vamp the song and pay tribute to it; for Kristie it meant paying respect to Alamgir’s contribution to music as he was the first to introduce Pop music to Pakistan. 5 days into the release of the music video it got 100K hits and 50K shares. If that’s not impressive enough Keh Dena was also #1 in Canada under Film/Animation last week on YouTube and #2 most favourited under Film/Animation last week in Canada." - VancityBuzz.com


"Music Mondays: Kristie Yung Sings in Hindi/Urdu"

"Kristie was asked to re-vamp the song and pay tribute to it; for Kristie it meant paying respect to Alamgir’s contribution to music as he was the first to introduce Pop music to Pakistan. 5 days into the release of the music video it got 100K hits and 50K shares. If that’s not impressive enough Keh Dena was also #1 in Canada under Film/Animation last week on YouTube and #2 most favourited under Film/Animation last week in Canada." - VancityBuzz.com


"Multicultural Collaboration Creates YouTube Sensation"

"Vancouver singer Kristie Yung never expected her musical tribute to an ailing Pakistani pop singer would attract such attention from Bollywood fans and become a hit on YouTube almost overnight.

Born and raised in West Vancouver, the 23-year-old Chinese-Canadian musician writes, produces and performs her own material in a variety of genres, including pop, jazz, electronic, rock, hip hop, Afro-Cuban and African." - Diversity Reporter


"Let Them Eat MUSIC!"

"A Guitar and a pair of feather earrings sums up the organic nature of her music." - Bake for the Quake


"Let Them Eat MUSIC!"

"A Guitar and a pair of feather earrings sums up the organic nature of her music." - Bake for the Quake


"Let Them Eat MUSIC!"

"A Guitar and a pair of feather earrings sums up the organic nature of her music." - Bake for the Quake


"Tuesday Night Music Club: Kristie Yung + Jon Wu x The Cellar"

"She's a crooner with class and style. I've noticed her sharp inflection and the way she closes her eyes when she hits certain notes."

"I say, the more I hear from her, the more I affirm the talented stylings of the lovely Miss Yung."

"Her best songs are the ones tempered with lyrics from the past and tales of the heart."

"Kristie, needless to say, is a great local singer/songwriter, all around songstress..." - Rick Chung, Broadcast Media (RickChung.com)


"Kristie Yung feat. Alamgir - Keh Dena (Music Video Review)"

"Kristie Yung’s voice is sweet and mesmerizing to the core and she needs brownie points for her lively performance" - Pakium.com


"Kristie Yung feat. Alamgir - Keh Dena (Music Video Review)"

"Kristie Yung’s voice is sweet and mesmerizing to the core and she needs brownie points for her lively performance" - Pakium.com


Discography

'Won't Let You Hurt Me Anymore' - Single (2011)
'It's You' - Single (2012)
'The Set List Project' - EP (September, 2012)

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Bio

Offering a unique ‘Ella Fitzgerald meets Taylor Swift’ sound, this acoustic-soul singer/songwriter marries music and lyrics with expressive lightness and sophistication. Her debut EP 'The Setlist Project' (September, 2012) is already generating all sorts of buzz and features her hit singles 'Won't Let You Hurt Me Anymore' and 'It's You'. Kristie Yung is best known for her performance and co-production of the International chart topper, 'Keh Dena' (TV Series 'Mangoes' Title Track) and her cover videos on YouTube. Look out for Kristie on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kristieyungmusic), Twitter (www.twitter.com/kristieyung) and at kristieyung.com (www.kristieyung.com).

“Growing up, I just knew that singing was the right path for me. Music has an incredible power to unite people and places. I wanted so much to just be a part of that.”

Her influences include Justin Nozuka, Adele, Ebrahim, John Mayer, Kina Grannis and Ella Fitzgerald.

Kristie has performed at various events, pubs and cafes across Metro Vancouver, including TEDxSFU, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Ceilis Irish Pub, The Cellar Nightclub, Gossip Nightclub, Cafe Montmartre, Library Square, City Hall, Canvas Lounge, to name a few. Last Fall, she competed as a finalist in The 2011 Ceili’s Acoustic Battle of the Bands with ‘The River and The Road’ and ‘Grace Under Pressure’.

Kristie first stepped on the stage at the age of 7 as the lead of her elementary school musical. Since then, she has performed on stages across Canada and Internationally.

In 2003, Kristie became a member of world music performance group Jabulani. The group played Samba music from Brazil, North African Drumming, Afro-Cuban percussion and the Zimbabwean Marimbas. In 2004, the group independently released their debut album Take it Easy. In 2005, the group toured to Cuba where they performed and taught African and Brazilian music to Cuban children enrolled in the Cuban arts school. They were featured by various media including CTV’s Good Morning Canada and the Vicky Gabreau Show, The Georgia Straight and CBC Radio.

In 2007, Kristie entered Fairchild Television’s New Talent Singing Awards competition and earned a spot as the 2nd Runner Up winning additional awards such as the Most Glamourous Performance Award and the Most Sentimental Performance Award. From 2007 to 2010, Kristie has performed under Fairchild Television on nationally televised programs such as Miss Chinese Vancouver and TVB Artists Showcase. She also landed a spot as guest performer and award presenter in the 2009 New Talent Singing Awards.

In 2008, a four-piece r&b/pop girl group called Am3ition formed, which Kristie was a member of for two years. The girls performed their debut full-length concert in August of 2010, featuring 16 original English and Mandarin r&b songs. With over 15 years of dance training in hip hop, break and jazz behind her, Kristie trained the group in hip-hop and video dance. In the Winter of 2010, the group split and Kristie began a new chapter in her musical journey.