A page from a singer-songwriter’s story on her album
When I was in elementary school my dad, who is an OBGYN, told me that I had perfect surgeon hands. I remember telling him that he was the one who had the perfect surgeon hands and that my hands were better suited for the piano. Yes, I was also the kid who pretended to sing country songs on my tennis-racquet-turned-banjo when my dad had me play on the middle school tennis team. Needless to say, Papa Lim had to adjust his expectations because I became a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.
I started writing songs at the age of seven and started classical vocal and piano training early too. I started to publicly perform my originals with a band during sophomore year of college and sang as an award-winning soloist for UC Berkeley’s a capella singing group, Golden Overtones. I just released my debut full-length album, thanks to the help of my fans and supporters from Singapore to Germany to the good ol’ United States.
Some people may know the backstory to my album, but I wanted to re-tell the story to some of the new friends of FAME’US magazine. I was so enraptured by the process of making my album that I unknowingly kept a bit secluded during the process of creating it. So, allow me to share a bit of how I was able to accomplish a life-long dream of mine: release an honest and meticulously crafted album.
In November 2012, I successfully got my first full-length album funded via Kickstarter. Many readers may be wondering why I would put myself through the trouble of making a full length album during an era of singles and EPs. It’s true that on the digital platform the single and the EP is king. However, at a live show, the album is a perfect way to solidify the link between the audience member and me. In 2012, I went on a series of nationwide tours selling my The Hunted EP. I figured that it was time for me to also have a full length CD available at the merch tables while I perform live. Merch sales are everything for touring independent artists these days, and I wanted to pad my arsenal with more music to sell. More merch equals more metaphorical and literal fuel for my journey.
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