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.
Join Kristie in the release of her EP on Friday September 28 at the Establishment Lounge in Vancouver.
RSVP here. $10 admission includes cover, a signed EP, a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
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?
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.
Photos by Seungwoo Son