Cynthia, Alanna, Alice: Singer-Songwriters

Three Taiwanese-American Female Singer-Songwriters

ss_0637_rtIt was an epic meeting as three Taiwanese American female singer-songwriters converged upon Berkeley and were introduced to each other for the first time. From left to right: Cynthia Lin from New York, Alanna Lin from Los Angeles, and Alice Tong from San Francisco. I was lucky enough to enjoy performances from all three of these musicians within a one-week span.

This is a photo of Cynthia Lin and Alice Tong chatting with Ho Chie for the upcoming spotlight series. In the meantime, check out the brief look at each artist below.

Cynthia Lin

Born in Chicago, currently based in New York City, Cynthia Lin is a singer-songwriter/actress/writer, and more. Her sound is jazzy-folky, and her songs are quirky and intimate. On a Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, Cynthia Lin gave a special living room concert at Ho Chie Tsai’s apartment, and Jenton Lee set up a live webcast of the performance.

ss_0702_rtCynthia’s set list.



Click to listen to Doppelganger, the title song off Cynthia’s second EP:

For more on Cynthia, visit
Watch the whole living room concert at ustreamTV.
Become her Facebook Fan
And watch more videos on Youtube.

Alanna Lin

Alanna Lin, a.k.a. Fascinoma, is perhaps best known for the hit single “I’m Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don’t Go),” which was aired in full on FOX’s animated show, American Dad. Alanna grew up in Ohio as part of the TAF family, and I mostly knew of her because her younger brother was always my counselor growing up. Now she’s based in Los Angeles, temping and working on a long-awaited album.

ss_0763_rtFascinoma flyers outside the SF Academy of Art venue where I watched Alanna perform.

ss_0656_rtFascinoma, kickin’ it atop Ho Chie’s roof deck. (That’s Alanna keeping drummer Brian in line).

ss_0726_rtPerformance in San Francisco.

Click to listen to a clip of the popular single, “I’m Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don’t Go).”

Visit Fascinoma on MySpace.

Alice Tong

I posted briefly on Alice when I went to see her perform at a small cafe in San Francisco. Her voice is immediately captivating because it’s unexpectedly deep and rich, full of jazz and full of soul.




Alice Tong – Now from Kevin Wang on Vimeo.

Visit Alice Tong on MySpace.
Check out her interview on TurtlistMedia.
View more videos on YouTube.
Purchase Alice’s Jazz Album “Small” from Blacklava.