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History

by Angela Ai

Beautiful and passionate singer/songwriter who has cultivated a distinct identity with incredibly powerful, inspired, original lyrics and music in an acoustic unplugged album - currently performing around the country.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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2. world war three
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3. i really miss that
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4. daddy
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5. raw
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6. just a dream
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7. whole
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8. you gave me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"I have never seen a performer affect an audience the way that Angela has - eliciting joy and tears and everything in between . . . her stage presence, her strong connection to her audience are truly rare."
Bob Leone, Projects Director for The Songwriters' Hall of Fame

"Angela never ceases to amaze me! Truly inspiring, Angela always approaches her artistry through new eyes and ears using all of her senses. She is a true artist."
Lorraine Ferro, Artist & Song Guru, Songwriters' Hall of Fame Teacher, recipient of Dove award, #1 cuts with Gold and Platinum albums

". . . powerful, shining, amazing, incredible, creative genius."
Elynn Diamond, Performer, Producer, Teacher/ Owner and Founder of Elynn Diamond Studio in NYC

Feisty singer, impassioned songwriter, maverick entrepreneur, Angela Ai is destined to become one of the top female singer-songwriters of this decade.

In an era of cloned commercialism, it takes guts for an artist to cultivate a distinct identity and Angela has definitely created some of the most powerful, original, inspired music you will hear in a long time.

Angela Ai was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Her passion for the performing arts began at the age of 5 when she began studying ballet. She studied classical piano at the age of 7 following with brief studies on the violin and flute. While in high school, she began auditioning for and was chosen to be the lead in many of the school musicals and plays.

After graduating from The University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) with a degree in Finance, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in investment banking always with music in the background. "The problem is when I began calling in sick to work, I actually started getting sick!" Angela laughs. She then decided to apply to The Manhattan School of Music where she was accepted and began studying Jazz Vocal Performance with teachers including Peter Eldridge from New York Voices and Chris Rosenberg who has played regularly with Ornette Coleman.

Since then, Angela has performed in some of New York's most renowned musical proving grounds including The Bottom Line, Mercury Lounge, The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, CB's Gallery and Makor.

Most recently, Angela's second CD, "History", was chosen as a Performing Songwriter Magazine's DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Top-12-Pick. In February of 2001, Angela was selected as The Songwriters' Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship recipient for "Excellence in Songwriting" which was featured in Billboard Magazine. In July of 2001, she was chosen as the Featured Artist for the SHOF and again, in March of 2001, Angela was selected to perform in the 37th Songwriter Showcase which she had previously participated in June of 1999.

Angela has also performed twice in the BMI Songwriters' Circle, has had feature vocals in films and TV and was a featured guest on WBAI 99.5FM. She has worked with several successful writers/producers including Jeff Franzel (Shawn Colvin, "N Sync, Taylor Dayne, Robyn); Lorraine Ferro (Dove Award); Michael Colina (David Sanborn, George Benson, Patty Austin); and Mark Godwin (Janice Robinson).


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John Johnson

Style, unbridled expression, and substance are back!
With all these - one hit wonders and copy cat wannabe artists currently annoying us lately with their so called music it is so refreshing for an artist to show us and remind us that true music is still alive. One does not hear this nowadays: The spirit expressing itself. With this CD - and all her previous ones - you can hear this gorgeous woman's spirit expressing itself in a way it was truly meant to be. style, energy, attitude, divine artistic expression, and substance are back! Angela Ai will be a force to be reckond with. To paraphrase Muhammad Ali, "Angela Ai is often imitated, but she's never duplicated. Simple, yet so sophisticated!"
You go girl!

Shari Kalina

Extremely powerful and poignant
Powerful, intense, emotionally honest and affecting. I love this CD!

John de Clef Piñeiro

The Most Satisfyingly Expressive Pop-Song Writer/Vocalist Today
Angela Ai is easily the most satisfyingly expressive pop-song writer/vocalist today. If you think that sounds like an exaggeration, listen to "History" or, better yet, listen to the whole disk. This is stripped-down vocal power pure and simple, without all the technoprocesing one is likely to hear elsewhere. And as for subtlety of inflection, no one does it better. Go ahead! Treat yourself to something special and wonderful: listen to Angela Ai.

Rita Kirk Powell

History
What an interesting and strong voice. Memorable!

Mark Marino / Choreographer NYC, LA and Las Vegas

Move Over Tori, There's A New Girl At The Piano
Angela's CD History is an inspiratonal fire that melts your heart and burns your libido. Challenge yourself to listen to this cd and not become overwhelmed with her artistry. This is the kind of music that only a true prodigy can create. Don't Miss out on Daddy, Whole, History, and Free... It won't be long before Angela is standing on stage receiving her first Grammy Award.... Move over Tori, there truly is a new girl at the piano!

Gwen Goldsmith - Actor, Filmmaker


HISTORY is an event! Every song tells a story - intimate, honest and emotionally intense. Ai's greatest vocal gift is the ability to deliver acoustically the rawness of feeling present in her lyrics. This album is deep, fun, playful and angry - in other words - FULL. Angela Ai has arrived.

Keo Woolford - Grammy Nominated Songwriter

Contemporary popular music doesn't get much better than this.
There is no question that Angela is a fantastic musician and technician. But those are a dime a dozen. What is outstanding about her is that she combines her artistry with passion and truth. With a mesmorizing and dynamic delivery, her lyrics and perfectly married melodies are relentlessly captivating. The fact that her sole accompaniment is her piano might have left lesser performers sounding like a work-in-progress rough demo, but she commands the keys with much authority and leaves you wanting for nothing...except more songs.

Rachael Sage

Very Impressed!
I first heard Angela at a showcase at Fez in NYC, and was immediately impressed with her command of the piano and her powerful stage presence, as well as her warmth/intimacy with the audience. I was even more taken with the cd "History", as it focused on the rawness of her solo piano/vocals, which is a very brave way to present one's work, with no flashy production to hide behind or distract from the songs themselves.

Angela seems to have enormous range not only as a writer but as a singer, and on this CD she reveals a sense of empathy and desire to communicate her own personal story that borders on startling. From her first song on this album, she makes you sit up and listen - not only because she sings of her own experience as a passionate, intelligent woman, but also because she naturally reflects universal truths in her lyrics. I am exciting to see where this and forthcoming albums will lead her! I'm sure her talent, insightfulness and drive the moon's the limit...