Originally from Saigon, South Vietnam, YENN’s been on the entertainment scene since the age of 13 as an accomplished singer and dancer. She has recorded and released 10 CDs in her native language, and is known for songs such as “Voi Anh Dem Nay,” “Adult Ceremony,” “Voulez Vous,” and “Dem Buon Nhu Thanh Ca,” which launched her into international fame.
Her love of music ranges from her childhood traditional Vietnamese roots; to Janis Joplin, Prince and Aretha Franklin; to Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins; to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble.
“I was initially drawn to that sound [Smashing Pumpkins] because it was so unglamorous, and yet so un-glorified, dirty and raw! But, it was simple and it made sense,” YENN says. Deeply inspired by Janis Joplin as a child, YENN says, she would sit for hours listening to Joplin’s chart-topping rendition of “Summertime.” YENN credits Joplin’s genius as a music arranger, as well as singer for inspiring her to sing. “Janis Joplin had a version of ‘Summertime’ that was the best I’ve ever heard. She sings from the heart – the gut,” she says.
YENN first debuted on the charts with the Dance/Electro single, “So Good to Be Wrong,” in 2010. After much success, YENN came back in 2011 with the electro-charged, single, “Pretty Ugly.” In 2013 YENN released another single titled “I Don’t Need You to Love Me,” featuring hit rapper Legacy.
Now, YENN has released her latest single, titled “Foreigner.” “It’s about being open to different cultures, and exploring the exotic in music, dance, culture and people”, says YENN.
You can tell when a lady has finally come into her own. It’s in the swivel of her hips, the style in her voice and the joy that brightens her face when she smiles. A lady filled with confidence is a force to be reckoned with. For singer-songwriter YENN – still only in her twenties – that exuberance shines through on “Foreigner”.
YENN’s vocals are clearly signature, but I can certainly hear the growth in her voice since the previously released singles. The content is relevant and illustrates the singer’s personal reflection of universal love and cultural freedom. Although it offers a different sound than her previous singles, it demonstrates her true ability to experiment with different sounds and genres.
YENN has stepped out; broken down, and sent the box that some may want her to stay in, to be recycled. She comes across as pure, genuine; so much sweeter, uplifting and glossily beautiful than ever before.
She is still very sensual and very erotic with a soulful delivery, but her overall package is just so much ‘neater’ to the eye and the ear. Meaning she keeps getting better and better with each release.
So does “Foreigner” meet my expectations? No, it exceeded my expectations! I wish more people knew about YENN. Her music is so genuine, beautiful, and flawless, both in its production, performance and especially in its presentation. This lady understands her music and knows how to communicate with it!
You’ll get it too, even if you are a “Foreigner”!