The leading single from Jett Kwong, “Away” is a cultural and stylistic amalgamation of textures and moods. A Denver-born musician of Chinese descent, Kwong’s new release is modern in its foundations. Warm and brooding synths sit at the base of “Away,” beneath a drum beat rich in R&B/chill-hop flavors. Kwong’s training as a classical vocalist is on full display throughout her soulful leads, breezy falsetto vocal hooks, and lush choral-like harmonies. However, the most striking and resonant element in Kwong’s writing is her use of the Chinese Guzheng, proving a guitar-like arpeggio that gives “Away” a delightfully international and distinctive profile in a genre that thrives on innovation.
Lamentful, reflective, and beautifully colorful, Jett Kwong’s “Away” is the soul food you need today.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in Denver, Colorado, artist Jett Kwong was introduced to singing at just five years old. Since then, she has gone on to perform and teach around the globe, lighting up venues from Shanghai to Berlin. Jett found her home in Los Angeles, California, where she now captivates audiences with her voice and Chinese guzheng music.
Jett’s work is colored by themes such as family, her identity as a mixed heritage woman, and the complexities of colonial history. “Our identities are colored by the context in which we are in – the way we grow up, our appearance, and our basic interests and beliefs”. It is through this belief that she channels her desire to seek out the true roots of individuality.
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