Kevin So | Leaving The Lights On: A Day In The Life Of Victor Woo (2008)

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Leaving The Lights On: A Day In The Life Of Victor Woo (2008)

by Kevin So

R&B influenced by Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. Average Asian American
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2. Flashback to 1982
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3. New Day Begun
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4. Henry
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5. Short End of the Stick
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6. Crush On You
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7. Abacus (You Do the Math)
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8. What Goes Around Comes Around
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9. Somehow We Will Get By
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10. Streets of Chinatown
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11. I Had a Dream
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12. Shirts N' Skinz
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13. Not Alone
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14. Mi Casa Es Su Casa
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15. When It Rains It Pours
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16. Call It a Day
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17. In the Blink of An Eye
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18. Lewnleyenterlewd
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19. The Loneliest Person in the World
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20. If It Were Up to Me
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21. Tonight and the Morning After
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22. Don't Blow It, Kid
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23. Calm Before the Storm
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24. Stanley Chin
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25. End of Your Rope
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26. Upstairs
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27. One Big Happy Family
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28. When I Come Home
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29. Rainonconversation
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30. Frank
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31. Leaving the Lights On
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32. 4th of July
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A 32 track double CD. My Asian American "Songs In The Key Of Life" - my "Kwan-drophenia." Influences: Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Tom Waits, Marvin Gaye - with a little bit of Richard Pryor thrown in. Confronting identity, sexuality, history, family, and racism. It took me over 2 years to complete this. A day in the life of Victor Woo - my alter ego I suppose. "I guess to know where you're going, you must remember where you're coming from." A artistic response to my Dad's sudden passing in 2000.

"This is an EPIC MASTERPIECE." -iTUNES

about KEVIN SO ...

"Kevin So is beginning to do for young Asian-Americans what Woody Guthrie did for Dust Bowl refugees and Bob Dylan for the '60s generation. Carving his songs from sweet r&b, hot rock, hip-hop, and folk-pop, he presents his life and times in brash strokes of insight, all underscored by a deeply felt pride in being both Asian and American."

That's what Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says about Kevin So, one of the most exciting and powerful singer/songwriters to emerge from the Boston music scene.

In a decade of performing his original music around the country, Kevin So has earned the respect of his fellow musicians (Keb’ Mo’ and Amos Lee, for starters), won over members of the press and radio (the Boston Globe, WFUV, many more) and built up a substantial fan base coast to coast. With the sky still the limit, he has spent more than 15 years giving free rein to his musical imagination.

Born and raised in Boston, So channeled his early passion for singing and playing piano and guitar into the start of a career in music with his appearance, in 1990, on a nationally broadcast Fox show hosted by Natalie Cole called “Big Break.” In 1994, So toured the country as a member of a pop/r&b cover band that later had some of its musicians moving on to Britney Spears’ band. When not playing keyboards with the group, he spent a considerable amount of time listening to the recorded music of Bob Dylan early in his career and to the Delta blues of Robert Johnson.

By 1995, So had quit the cover band and was a regular on the open-mic folk scene in Boston. His strong musicianship and natural showmanship as a solo singer-songwriter caught the attention of Boston Globe pop critic Steve Morse — who wrote that Kevin was “unusually talented.” The next year, Kevin took to the interstates for his first road work. At the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, an Austin Chronicle’s music writer took notice, writing that So was “the big discovery.” The release of Kevin’s first full length CD, Pendulum, in the same year signaled the arrival of a top-flight storyteller who kept his every blues, folk or pop stylistic flourish in the service of his melodically rich music. The release of So’s Individual album, in 1997, was accompanied by a sold-out performance at Club Passim. So emphasized the plaintive clarity and maturity of his tenor voice and the cool compassion of his guitar playing on Blackout Road, a limited edition EP released earlier in ’97 that saw him making a convincing turn toward electric folk blues.

So moved to Chicago in late 1999. He booked his own gigs, performing shows in the Midwest and elsewhere. Busking on the street at SXSW time in Austin, Texas, Kevin was “discovered” by the big-league talent Agency Group. Subsequently, he opened for venerable pop-soul belter Joe Cocker, then toured as the opening act for visiting English agit-rocker Billy Bragg. On the down side in the new millennium, Kevin’s ever-supportive father passed away suddenly due to a heart attack. In 2001, So moved back to Boston, encouraged by the renewed affirmation of his standing as one of the most popular performers in New England with two SRO nights headlining Club Passim. Musically, he was shifting from folk in a pop/r&b direction. The day after September 11, 2001, Kevin hooked up with popular bluesman Keb’ Mo’ in Los Angeles to collaborate with Mo’ in writing the wonderful song, “Talk,” which Keb’ would eventually record.

So continued touring in 2002, becoming a favorite performer/speaker for dozens of Asian American student organizations around the US. The double-disc Leaving the Lights On, stylistically based in contemporary r&b, appeared to an avalanche of praise in 2003. In August, Kevin relocated to Brooklyn and got busy on the vibrant NYC music scene there. His next CD, The So Must Go On: Live in Concert, appeared in 2005. Always making new friends, So continues to tour the country at a vigorous clip. In August 2007, Kevin was the proud recipient of the "Overall Excellence Award" (Outstanding Music & Lyrics) for his work in "VICTOR WOO: THE AVERAGE ASIAN AMERICAN," a musical production loosely based on his life and times, which debuted at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival to packed houses. The release of So’s new album, A Brighter Day, quite possibly his most compelling work to date, is supported by concert dates in 2008.


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Mr. Curt

Magnificent chronicling of Life's little moments set to rockin' soul raps with a
Having shared the stage with Kevin So at the beginning of his career (when he sounded like an early "talkin' blues" folkster) and watching him develop his talent for years with clever pop ingenuity and profound truths, I was suprised last year when I saw him perform with a tremendous jazz soul band. Every bit as convinvcing as R&B masters Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder (or even pop-wizard Todd Rundgren), he was set on purging himself of the 9/11 tragedies and other life reflections through two delicious sets of brand new tunes. This new album is the culmination of those convictions. Masterful, confidant, melodic, swingin', groovin'...there's hardly a slack track evident throughout the two discs. A valid candidate for one of the year's best albums!!!

J

Awesome!
This new CD is absolutely amazing. Having heard both his music live and from this album, I can guarantee that everyone who listens to it will be amazed. He's just an incredible musician, performer and lyricist. His songs have a lot of meaning, especially for people of color. I really urge everyone to grab this CD while you still can!

Bryan

This guy is AMAZING
I have never heard lyrics that made so much sense!

Mike

buy it
I definately recommend this CD

Jason

WOW
His voice can blow away a crowd and I definately recommend purchasing this album!

Cathy

A MUST HEAR
It's everything piled into one- pop, jazz, folk, hip hop- actually I don't even know if Kevin can be marginalized into a category. All I know is that there is definitely a variation in his music that needs to be heard. Not just his tunes, but the powerful issues he addresses in his music.

Rickard Malmsten

Sounds great Kevin
Sounds great Kevin and great to play with you the other night in Hong Kong! Lets do it again soon! All the best Rickard

Aimee

What a Talent!
Got the CD. His lyrics stick in my head, they're so deep. Seeing him in concert soon!!! Dec 2nd

Eddie

Mr So rocks!
I only found out about Kevin So a couple of months ago and decided to buy this album to try his music out. What a superb compilation of songs and catchy tunes.
"Henry" has got a great beat to it, "Crush on you" a vibrant tune and "Upstairs" is simply magnificent! I've now also purchased "The So must go on" and "The Brooklyn session" and will definitely buy the rest of his earlier CDs!
Kevin So deserves to make it big without a doubt!