VIVI HU BRINGING FORTH HER SPIRIT AND WORD WITH NEW ALBUM by Nick Christophers
You would never believe that she is from China with her soulful voice that glows with each verse of her original works. Her command of English is astonishing. Her new album entitled “New Creation” delves into how spirituality has had an effect on Vivi. Each track envelopes the meaning of life and the beauty it offers to mankind.
Tracks like “Genesis” touches upon the need to look ahead to better things the birth of newer opportunities however slow they may come. Her voice is reminiscent of a Nora Jones type and the music composition is pure smooth jazz. Each track has a theme behind it which is derived by her life experiences and her spiritual connection.
“I wrote “New Creation” at the end of 2017, it was a time that I just graduated and was trying to find a job, figuring out my career as a singer and my visa. There was a lot of pressure and there were some bad memories that came to my mind and made me feel depressed. I often blamed myself for not doing good enough, even though I was actually doing ok. When I went into a dark place, this verse came to me and set me free: The old has gone, the new has come!”
One of her more celebrated tracks is “Rest In You” that won Global Music Award (Silver Medal) for Gospel music, female vocalist and lyricist/songwriter. Vivi has come a long way after embarking for America. She has made her mark in the jazz and gospel world between performing at such venues like the Silvana Club, the City University of New York Gospel Festival in New York City and more. It is no surprise how well she has developed.
She is also a bandleader for her group “Bubble Dream” which fuses jazz, R&B, Chinese folk and a splash of gospel. Now with this soulful, jazzy album that is refreshing in many ways Vivi is riding the wave to success. This is a must have for anyone looking for music that heals and revives.
WHO IS VIVI HU
Vivi Hu is an award-winning New York-based Chinese vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader dedicated to fostering international arts exchange. Specializing in jazz, folk, and gospel music, she works to bring Chinese jazz and folk music to contemporary America and traditional Western gospel to Chinese audiences.
Through her performance and directing, Vivi’s passion for building a cross-cultural appreciation of Eastern and Western music roots results in a distinctive artistic voice that continues to captivate audiences internationally.
Vivi’s vocal and performance styles connect the traditional and the popular that evoke a rhythm and dynamic reminiscent of renowned jazz and gospel artists such as Anita O’Day and Kirk Franklin. To date, she has lent her talents to several high-profile performances and festivals in both China and the United States including Gulangyu Music Hall and Le Meridien in Xiamen, the Summer Music Festival in Shanghai, and the Taihu Midi Festival in Suzhou, as well as the Silvana Club, the 2017 Lunar New Year Celebration at Queens Library, and the City University of New York Gospel Festival in New York City, among many others.
Born and raised in Xiamen China, Vivi trained as a vocalist and flutist before launching her performance career in 2011. Her first exposure to jazz came in 2013 at the JZ Music Festival in Shanghai, sparking a passion for infusing traditional Chinese music with the art form. Her love for jazz and its improvisational qualities led her to quickly earn a reputation as one of the most sought-after jazz musicians in Xiamen. At the same time, she worked to incorporate gospel into her musical style for Chinese performances.
In addition to singing, Vivi has built a reputation as a leader in music composition, arrangement, and concert producing. Her enthusiasm for jazz and performance brought her to New York City in 2015 to further her studies at Queens College, where she earned a master’s degree in music with a focus on jazz performance for voice. She continues to bring the traditions of Chinese folk and jazz to her work in New York, most recently for Shanghai Memories: Golden Songs from the 1930s and 1940s at Flushing Town Hall in 2017. As the producer of the event, Vivi provided the jazz arrangement for traditional Shanghai songs and English translation of lyrics, in addition to facilitating communication between Chinese traditional instrumentalists and jazz musicians.
Today, Vivi continues to pursue performance as both an artist and a bandleader. She serves as lead singer for Vivi’s Bubble Dream, a group that blends jazz, R&B, Chinese folk, and gospel elements. She is currently producing an album comprised of original gospel music in both English and Chinese, slated for releasing in Feb. 16th 2018. A second album, in the style of Hokkien folk fusion jazz, is also anticipated for March 2018.