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Priscilla Ahn Leaves Blue Note Records, Finds Inspiration

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Fri, May 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM
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Priscilla Ahn found her new album This Is Where We Are difficult to write. Why? Because, notes the 30-year-old Laurel Canyon resident, she's in love.

"A lot of my older songs are about wanting to be loved or feeling like I belonged somewhere," says the singer-songwriter, who performs at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Masonic Lodge tonight.

But then she married actor Michael Weston (House, Six Feet Under, Scrubs) in 2010 and things fell into place. She was suddenly finding it difficult not to write, in her words, "super happy cheesy songs."

After collaborating with soul-folk singer Amos Lee on his 2006 release Supply and Demand, put out by Blue Note Records, Ahn joined him on the label. Also on the imprint? Norah Jones, to whom Ahn is often compared. With her delicate, acoustic guitar-driven folk songs, Ahn was part of a wave of artists that helped usher in a new sound to the historically jazz-focused label.

Her debut album, 2008's A Good Day, received international acclaim - especially in Japan, though the half-Korean Ahn isn't sure why. Her singles "Dream" and "Find My Way Back Home" were featured in films like Disturbia and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance. After touring with Joshua Radin, Ray LaMontagne, and Willie Nelson - and collaborating with Tïesto on his 2009 track "I am Strong" (above) - expectations were high for Ahn's second project.

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But when the sophomore work When You Grow Up was released in 2011, Ahn felt like she was left hanging. "They didn't really do anything for it," she says of the label. "It was like it never came out."

So, Ahn left Blue Note and took to the desert.

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