Reaching the national spotlight at the end of 2002, pianist Vienna Teng had been an important part of the California singer/songwriter scene for a few years before then. A pianist since the age of five, Teng took piano lessons before moving on to improvisation. Writing feverishly throughout her youth, she eventually had a full album's worth of instrumentals by the age of 16. Going to Stanford to further her education, she released an EP while going to school and recorded most of Waking Hour before she graduated. After releasing the record independently and taking it on the road with her, she scored an agreement with Virt Records and got national distribution. Comprised of many intimate songs that detailed the issues of a young adult, her music fell between the up-tempo approach of Ben Folds and the theatrical chamber pop of Rufus Wainwright. She followed up with the matured and critically acclaimed effort Warm Strangers, which charted on three separate Billboard charts. Three years after stepping away from a full-time music career to attend graduate school in 2010, Vienna has returned to the studio with a new sound, a new producer, and a new approach to songwriting and recording. What’s emerging from that process is her most up-tempo, pop-influenced album yet—and full of surprises, even to its creators.In advance of the September 2013 release of her fifth studio album, Vienna Teng returns to Charlotte for the first time in four years and makes her debut at the McGlohon Theater with special guest Alex Wong.
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