Vienna Teng (featuring Alex Wong)
“An incredibly accomplished singer with a delicate, amazing voice” – NPR All Songs Considered.
“Engaging voice, insightful lyrics and reflective piano-driven chamber folk packs quite the punch…simmers and soars.” – LA Weekly
Not so long ago, being a singer-songwriter was merely a hobby for Teng, a Stanford computer science grad who was on the fast track to a lucrative career, working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. But she gave all that up to pursue her musical passions – a risky career move, but one which has paid off. Teng has already released two critically acclaimed independent albums: 2002′s ‘Waking Hour’ and 2004′s ‘Warm Strangers,’ which landed on three Billboard album charts and reached #2 on Amazon’s best-seller list. She’s appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and toured widely, opening for such artists as Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls.
‘People used to ask what kind of music I played and I never knew how to answer that,’ says Teng. ‘I work a lot with classically trained musicians, but most of my influences are from 1970′s-era folk music. So now I call it chamber folk.’ She adds: ‘I’m always looking for the perfect pop song combined with an unexpected amount of depth- that’s my idea of great music.’