Priscilla Ahn is pleasantly surprised by how many people turn out for her performances, which not only speaks to her down-to-earth yet sunny disposition, but also to how much a burgeoning audience appreciates her music.
It’s of little wonder, though, that her music appeals to people as it does. With her splendid debut album, A Good Day, the singer/songwriter imparts her serene folk/pop songs with a voice undeniably striking in its purity and allure.
Presently on her first headlining tour, she’ll subsequently join an all-female lineup – along with such artists as Rachel Yamagata, Meiko, and Jenny Owens Young – for this fall’s installment of the Hotel Café tour.
Graciously taking time to engage in an email interview, Priscilla Ahn discusses topics including how she perceives success, how living in Los Angeles has fostered her songwriting, and what classic songs she wishes she’d written.
You recently started your first headlining tour. How is it going so far?
So far so good! I’m actually surprised at the turnout at the shows. I expected maybe 30 people to know me in each city, but around 100 – 200 people have been showing up, which is a really good feeling and a really nice surprise!
A Good Day has such a serene vibe, reminiscent of records that came out of Laurel Canyon in the '70s. How has living in California affected your songwriting?
Well, the reason I moved out to L.A. was because of its vibe. It’s a little mellower to me than living in New York City, and the weather is always pretty calm and nice. I've always sort of written mostly mellow songs. But I have done a lot of growing up since I’ve lived in L.A. and that definitely gives me a different point of view when I start writing a song. I have more confidence; I know what kind of music I really like, and how I like to sing it.