Listening to singer-songwriter Jane Lui’s music is like watching a Michel Gondry film. There's a whimsical, homemade feel that's inventive, magical, & intimate. Handmade music boxes, found objects, percussion pipes, and cardboard boxes, all a part of a handcrafted sound that makes her music enduring and lovable. It began this way though - “You’re poor in college -- don’t have stuff, so you make it up."
"I'm can be pretty shy, and learned that I feel most earnest and outgoing in music. More than anything, I want to be honest in music; it respects intelligence." With a sensitivity towards the interplay of sound, space, & subtlety, Lui's artistry is fierce with utmost musicianship & self-respect.
“As a kid, I spent a lot of time alone in my room listening to the radio with a headful of fantasyland. That’s where I started singing, making up stories, imaginary friends, and occasionally got electrocuted. There was a time when I decided to be the class clown - lied & cheated, the teachers had nothing good to say about me in any subject EXCEPT in music." .. and was chosen to conduct the class choir in fourth grade!
Jane is classically trained in piano & voice, yet her voice is husky & soulful. It’s not a story of growing up listening to Stevie Wonder and Beatles. "Assimilating to western culture as a teen meant I lacked any historical context at all, everything was a shock and I absorbed music randomly & openly: Allison Krauss, Bjork
, Michael Jackson, Brazilian jazz circus music, all on the same playing field."
Showcased at CMJ 2010, critics liken her to Cat Power, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright. She has opened for Jason Mraz, Kate Earl, Jim Bianco, & Vienna Teng. With 2.8 million views on YouTube, she has played at venues such as Ford Amphitheatre, The Shrine, & Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her latest record, Goodnight Company, was nominated for Best Recording in San Diego Music Awards 2011.
This record, Goodnight Company, was co-produced with Aaron Bowen (San Diego). With her loyal YouTube following and a DIY spirit, she raised over $11,600 directly from her fans through PledgeMusic.com to fund the album. "My fans made me feel more responsible for my work than ever!" Bursts of electronica, funk, old-timey, & folk give away her eclectic influences with uses of melotron, dixieland jazz, field recordings, gospel choirs, and music boxes.
The 2-disc album contains a short film on DVD format: Making of Goodnight Company, which explains their production processes with a look into her personal life that explains the difference from the two previous albums.
Jane has toured US East & West coasts, Canada, Sydney (AU), London (UK).
"Amazingly Sexy..." - CityBeat
"Lui is a thinker..." - San Diego Troubadour
"...introspective, elegant, tremendous vocal talent..." - San Diego Music Matters
"...Quirky yet undeniably charming personality.. an absolute must-hear." - 944 Magazine