Seattle-based Lijie is a classically trained pianist who spends 36 minutes on her new record, The Music Maker, shoving her substantial instrumental and vocal chops through the prism of a pop record. The result is an easy-listening, ambitious effort that demonstrates both here impressive vocal range and disciplined focus on her own ideas.
The Music Maker is one of the rare local records that has no feel for indie, not a hint of folk, and no sign of the garage, influences that abound in Seattle these days. In that sense, it's refreshing that she can exist in this atmosphere, and not take talking points from it.
On the other hand, this polished record sometimes flirts with piano recital territory, and could stand for a smear of the grit and soot that can be found along Ballard Avenue -- where she debuts her record at Conor Byrne, Thursday.
Song "LA" receives Runner-Up at the 2009 UK Songwriting Contest for Indie/Rock Category.
Lijie's song "LA" is added to the soundtrack for "Black & Blue", an indie-film about a 17-year-old teenager girl and her tumultuous family life, and how she finds an unexpected friend at a run-down music store in Los Angeles.
Blue - Rock/Indie Finalist
Love Me If You Can - Pop Category Finalist
So High - Pop Category Finalist
Bar Song - Rock Category Finalist
..."Like a porcelain Hummer H2, her lyrics are fragile yet forceful, echoing a heartache familiar..."
Roam - Pop Category Finalist
Blue - Miscellaneous Category Runner Up
"Like the best chocolate...Lijie's smooth vocals will take you on a journey of hurt & healing."
..."Lijie's music is a sublime blend of delicate pianos and guitars paired with her intoxicating voice..."
"Not only can this chick sing, strum a guitar, and play the piano, she also knows how to live her life to the fullest. Lijie Yang, 29, musician and songwriter, rebelled against the image of the stereotypical Asian American in order to follow her dream, even though it meant going against her parentsâ€™ wishes..."