Magdalen Hsu-Li bigraphy, stories - Design

Magdalen Hsu-Li : biography


Magdalen Hsu-Li is an American singer-songwriter, painter, speaker, writer, and cultural activist. She identifies herself as bisexual, and is Chinese American.

Performance and recordings

She began public performances in 1996 and released her first full-length album "Evolution" on her own Chickpop Records label in 1998. Her second full-length album "Fire" was released in 2001 and was named one of Performing Songwriter's Best top 12 DIY Albums of The Year, and Best Producer at the Outvoice Music Awards. Her song "As I am" was featured on Performing Songwriter's 9th compilation album in 2003. Performing Songwriter Magazine, 2003. Her third full-length album "Smashing The Ceiling" was released and featured performances by drummer Matt Chamberlain, violinist Eyvind Kang, and guitarist, Timothy Young. After releasing "Smashing The Ceiling" she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College Of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2008. While attending Berklee she was a piano principle in the Songwriting Department, and a recipient of the Berklee Achievement Scholarship, and Jack Maher Scholarship for Excellence in Songwriting. She is a multi-instrumentalist who writes most of her songs and tours with her partner EverGreene.


r==External links==

Category:Living people Category:American female singers Category:American musicians of Chinese descent Category:Bisexual musicians Category:American singer-songwriters Category:Bisexual women Category:LGBT musicians from the United States Category:Rhode Island School of Design alumni Category:Berklee College of Music alumni Category:Cornish College of the Arts alumni


Hsu-Li was born in the southern Virginia city of Martinsville to Chinese immigrant parents. She began piano lessons at age 8 but was mainly interested in painting in her early years.Charlotte Dillon. at Accessed 15 January 2007.

She attended college at the Rhode Island School of Design where she won accolades including the Florence Leif Award for Excellence in Painting, the Talbot Rantoul Scholarship, and the Chicago Institute Of The Arts Oxbow Fellowship. After graduating from she moved to Seattle, Washington and discovered a passion for music over visual art. She matriculated at the Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied classical music and jazz and won a music scholarship in 1995.


Hsu-Li's music can be considered derivative of alternative rock, pop, folk, and jazz. Ectophiles' Guide. Accessed 15 January 2007. and is described as having "vocals comparable to Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette and music at times reminiscent of Ani DiFranco’s solo albums and other times of percussion-driven Rusted Root."

Hsu-Li describes her music as "pop rock alt folk singer songwriter music with a tinge of country, jazz, and punk."


Hsu-Li's music has received generally positive reviews. It is described as "exquisitely furious, beautiful, and exciting" by Performing Songwriter Magazine, "sweet, melodic, and real" by the New York Times, "an achingly gorgeous collection of piano based rock recalling the finest moments of Tori Amos or Ben Folds Five" by Yolk Magazine and a sumptuous feast for the ears by Curve Magazine. "A Magazine" wrote, "her blend of hard-grounded folk and sweet siren lyrics makes an enduring impression upon the American music scene her distinguishing factor is her cool, edgy, sound and courage to be sensitive, tender, and feminine. As she carves her identity as an artist in an industry where Asian women are not thought of as musical powerhouses or innovators - Magdalen is a rare force with which to reckon."

About Fire, the Advocate wrote, "finely crafted, melodic, piano-based songs that borrow equally from pop, folk, jazz, blues and even punk."

In her own words

Living octopus

Living octopus

In countries which are located near sea coasts, sea food is an important part of national cuisine