From her second album, Joanna & 王若琳, Joanna Wang sings Don McLean’s Vincent.
The daughter of music producer Wang Chi-ping (王治平), Joanna was born in Taipei but raised in Los Angeles. At 20 she released her first album, Start From Here, which went #1 in Taiwan and was popular throughout east Asia. Singing in both English and Chinese, she has four albums to her credit including her latest, The Adventures of Bernie the Schoolboy.
The one thing that I find striking about her voice is her vocal pitch, very relaxed and a little lower than most Asian singers. She also reminds me of Astrud Gilberto, the famous Brazilian vocalist who sang The Girl From Ipanema, with that same flat tone and straightforward style.
(more songs after the jump)
Similar to Jimi Hendrix, Joanna is also a left-handed guitarist.
This is from her The Adventures of Bernie the Schoolboy album, not a finished product but a snapshot of her developing a song. As you can hear, it’s very different from her previous work and quite peppy. I like it!
I couldn’t find a website for her but I did find her MySpace page. I’ll leave you with this beautiful old classic.