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"The Storyteller"

"Mellow, earnest and melodic, Shelley exudes an old school folk charm on Storyteller that's refreshing and timeless."
-MTV Asia.com
- MTV Asia


"Songwriters Round"

"The Shelley Leong song for me is 'So Good'. Mm. It isn't just her voice - though if it were just her voice that would probably do the trick too - it's also the way she moves on stage, hampered by guitar and perched on a stool...Her songs contain a gentle non-conformism."
-Sonia Randhawa,Kakiseni.com - kakiseni.com


"Album review"

"Good thing for Leong, her odes to romance never get drowned in sappiness and she's got plenty of song writing muscle to make all the tunes work. It's not all just love songs though; she also touches on other subjects close to her heart. There's a bit of Vonda Sheppard, Joan Osborn and Paule Cole in what Leong does that will keep fans of the genre interested."

- Adlin Rosli KLUE magazine - KLUE Magazine


"Shelley Leong @ Quiet The New Loud"

"Some people just have it all; the looks, the voice and the amazing talent. Shelley Leong is definitely one of those blessed few. Already the buzz in the Kuala Lumpur, she looks set to be Malaysia's answer to American singer/songwriter, Jewel. After taking over the show from Pat Chng, she began to charm the audience with her eloquence and amazing stage persona."

"An excellent performer, she's like a seasoned veteran on stage as she grooves into the soul of her music."

www.audioreload.com
- www.audioreload.com


"Storyteller: the Album , Review"

"There is something that remains authentic about the simplicity of acoustic singer/songwriters. No exception is made for Malaysian singer/songwriter Shelley Leong's album Storyteller, a mellow collection of acoustic songs that land somewhere between Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones.....Most of the songs are rooted in the comfortable feeling of Leong's gentle piano. Her voice at times reminds me of a harsher version of a 70s Joni Mitchell, and the jazziness of numbers like "Crime" are similar to Mitchell's Court and Spark era. Most of the album's songs are relaxed wine-sipping music, while other songs, like the album's best, "Innocent Girl," are driven and pop-ish.
Storyteller is slow--but a good slow (not drawn out). Leong's feelings are felt through her passionate songs, complete with stories about breakups, make-ups, and memories."
- Jeremy Stanifer, www.eomentertainment.com


"Album review"

"Her intimate debut album, Storyteller, is certainly a worthy addition to the local singer-songwriter catalogue. Self-released through Leong's own Soundtrax Productions imprint and produced by Nick Lee, the 13-track album contains radio-friendly folk and pop-rock tunes sprinkled with lazy Sunday jazz touches"
- The Star newspaper


Discography

EP 2002: Anacrusis
LP 2004: Storyteller
Vocals on:
2004: Acoustic Gestures - Az Samad
2006: Youth - The Night Visitors
Piano on:
2006: Midnight at St. Kilda - Broken Scar

MUSIC VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v-D_e59Y0

MORE AUDIO recordings available on:
www.cdbaby.com/shelleyleong

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Bio

With an unorthodox and clear voice,- multi-instrumentalist, Shelley Leong moves surprised listeners. She is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2005, Shelley was nominated for Best New English Artiste for the AIM (Malaysian Music Industry) awards. Her songs were awarded honorable mentions from the Billboard World Songwriting Contest in 2007.

She performs either as a soloist, duo or with her band. Her arrangements are a blend of contemporary styles of folk, pop/rock coupled with hints of jazz and ethnic. She also plays piano,guitar and frame drums. Her audience have often described her as having a strong presence with a warm, friendly vibe.

Performance venues have been wide ranging, including intimate settings like No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur, Caffe Trieste in San Francisco, scenic open air stages like The Esplanade in Singapore, Major Music festivals like the Mont Kiara Jazz Festival and Penang Jazz Festival, and celebratory large concerts like the New Year Concert at The Mines......she is happy to share her music everywhere.

Shelley was awarded for her popular single "Resident Fool" that recently charted number two on musiccanteen.com "Top Monthly Downloads." 4 of her songs in the album have received radio airplay on major radio stations in Malaysia. Acoustic and organic, Shelley's debut album - 'Storyteller' is the latest original album to stand out from Malaysia's independent music scene.

Shelley won a scholarhip to study at the famous Berklee College of Music in 2005 and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. Shelley produces Songwriter's Avenue, which features upcoming singer-songwriters. Her single "Forgiveness" is currently on Malaysia's English Top 10 charts (hitz tv).

With a keen interest in music education for all, Shelley also keeps herself busy with giving workshops and private lessons in voice and songwriting. She recently led a workshop for the KL SingSong Festival at the Kuala Lumpur Arts Performance Centre.

Shelley currently directs and plays keyboards and sings for Bogofusion, a world-fusion music band produced by Boris Goldmund Productions.
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REVIEWS

"Thanks in part to a vocal style that is as unorthodox as it is accessible, Shelley is one of those singers whose music is familiar yet differentiated."
- Songwriters Round organizer, Pete Teo

"Some people just have it all; the looks, the voice and the amazing talent. Shelley Leong is definitely one of those blessed few. Already the buzz in the Kuala Lumpur, she looks set to be Malaysia's answer to American singer/songwriter, Jewel. After taking over the show from Pat Chng, she began to charm the audience with her eloquence and amazing stage persona."

"An excellent performer, she's like a seasoned veteran on stage as she grooves into the soul of her music."

www.audioreload.com

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Previous performances include:

California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco Asian Art Museum

San Francisco City Hall

Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Old Federal Reserve Building, San Francisco

Caffe Trieste: Songsalive! Showcase, San Francisco

Swiss Human Rights Exhibition, Logan International, Boston

Marriott Copley, Boston

La Luna Cafe, Boston

David Friend Hall, Boston

Stain Bar, New York

Alexis Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

No Black Tie, Kuala Lumpur

Avanti's, Kuala Lumpur

Penang Jazz Fest, Penang Island

Mont Kiara Jazz Fest

Heineken Octoberfest

Fete de la Musique, French Music Festival

Traxx.fm Jazz Show @ Bangkok Jazz

Launch of Chulan Square

Merdeka Celebration @ Time Square

KL SingSong Festival @ KL Performance Centre

Traubadours

Songwriters Round

Moonshine @ Laundry Bar

Paul's Place

Le Benardin

TecAsia CEO Convention, Shangri-La Hotel

Sheraton Hotel

Equatorial Hotel

Actors Studio, Dataran Merdeka

Fasta Pasta

Sunday jazz @ BSC

Sunrise Annual Dinner

Launch of Dunhill cigar @ Tamarind Hill

Acoustic Jam @ Commonwealth Club

Esplanade, Singapore

Home Bar, Singapore

Singapore Art Museum

KLUE Starbucks Series


Radio & Television Live performances and interviews:

RTM, TV3, Hitz.tv, 8TV

Traxx.fm, Xfresh.fm, Red.fm

Hitz.fm, Light & Easy, Mix.fm

The Star's - football show webcast

The Mr.Brown show - live podcast

Workshops given include:

Vocal workshop @ The Music Hut

Vocal and Songwriting workshop @ KL SingSong Festival

Organizer of Songwriters Avenue