Hey guys, so if you’re looking for some good new music to listen to, boy do I have a treat for you.
Last year, I was mindlessly surfing Youtube for decent music when I stumbled upon a cover of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” performed by Lijie Yang. I started checking out the rest of her posts, and I was really impressed with her voice and beautiful songwriting abilities. I checked out her website, read her great biography, and I was absolutely hooked.
My parents took us to Seattle for a short trip over summer vacation. I’d read on Lijie’s website that she was having her CD release party in Seattle while we were there, but it was going to be held at a bar so I knew I couldn’t go. Instead, my parents took us out to have dinner in celebration of my birthday. After our meal, the most unexpected thing happened: Lijie walked into the restaurant, walked over to our table, and started talking to my mom like they’d met before. Apparently, my mom had arranged for me to meet her, even though I couldn’t go to her CD party. It was definitely a great experience—I got a signed copy of her album and the chance to meet one of my favorite musicians.
As someone who follows her dreams, Lijie is definitely a role model to me. Check out her website here for free downloads of a couple of her songs: www.IamLijie.com. While you're at it, check out and buy her albums:The Music Maker, and Roam. Some of my favorite songs of hers are: I Left a Part of Me, Love's Melody, and Time from the Music Maker, Roam, Blue, and LA from the album Roam.