May Cheung

May Cheung

Jess Leung, Peirson Ross, Drew Yowell

Sun, October 28, 2018

7:00 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

May Cheung
May Cheung
May Cheung is one of the most exciting up-and-coming singer-songwriters in the New York scene. Born in Calgary, Alberta, May grew up listening to vast array of music, ranging from jazz, folk, classical and pop music from her father’s LP collection as a toddler. Imbibing a broad spectrum of music, she was influenced particularly by her high school teacher, who encouraged her to pursue music actively. In 2003, May was accepted to McGill University's Jazz Performance program, where studied under the tutelage of Ranee Lee, C.M. and 2010 Juno Award Winner. in 2009, May received a prestigious Canada Council Grant to study with New York Voices leader Peter Eldridge. Diverting her focus towards the singer-songwriter genre, May has played in such highly-touted venues as Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, The Living Room, The Bitter End, The Hotel Cafe, Drom, Caffe Vivaldi, Sidewalk Cafe, and Pianos, just to name a few. In recent years, May has sparked the attention of publications and radio stations as she was featured on the cover of Richmond Review’s 2014 Edition of “Top 30 Under 30”; she has been interviewed by Girth Radio station, a notable online radio station from Toronto, and has been interviewed by Andrew Choi from New York’s Big City Folk Collective blog.

Hailed as "stunning from start to finish" by The Huffington Post, May Cheung's debut album 'The Departure' spotlights the glimmering combination of Cheung’s tranquil and consoling vocals and refined engineering of the record. 'The Departure' thrives on a remarkable attention to detail at the hands of a meticulously selected production team. Produced (and featuring the guitar work of) NPR’s “next great jazz guitarist” Nir Felder, mixed by The Shins’ Yuuki Matthews and mastered by Grammy Award-Winning Chris Gehringer (Katy Perry, Rihanna) the record creates an undeniably atmospheric environment for the listener. AVAILABLE NOW on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
Jess Leung
Jess Leung
With a sweet jazz-tinged voice, Jess Leung is a captivating singer-songwriter whose warm presence invites audiences to listen to her songs about self-discovery and life's intimate moments. With a sound influenced by folk, pop, jazz, and R&B, Jess captures listeners' attention with thought-provoking lyrics and her uniquely pure voice. 
Peirson Ross
Peirson Ross
Peirson is a Canadian alternative folk artist who tours by canoe
and plays blues written in a meadow.
Drew Yowell
Drew Yowell
Drew Yowell is a producer, songwriter and artist who has worked with legends like Phoebe Snow, David Lasley, Desmond Child, David Benoit, Dae Bennett, and Herb Alpert, and he has played guitar for Sophie B. Hawkins and Kristin Hoffmann, among many others.

​Drew was recently nominated for his original composition on an MTV pro social promo campaign and continues to compose and produce music for MTV, VH1, LOGO, and Centric, as wel as other companies through his partnernership with EarShock. Drew was also a top 20 Finalistin the 2007 American Idol Songwriter Contest for the song titled "Secrets and Lies" co-written with fellow artist Byron Zanos. (Drew produced 2 albums for Zanos). Drew also co-wrote 2 songs with the late Phoebe Snow including the title track to her final release “Natural Wonder". The song also appears on Phoebe's 2008 "Live" release. Phoebe Snow described the songs that she and Drew wrote as "Two of the most beautiful songs I've ever written with anyone”.

​As a producer, Drew works his magic in a modest but highly effective home studio, then finishes up at the legendary Grammy winning BENNETT STUDIOS. Drew has raised the bar for independent productions working with Byron Zanos; "Somewhere in the Middle" (2005) and "Still in a Fight" (2007) and John Taglieri's "Wide Awake and Dreaming" (2007)

​As a solo artist - Drew has brought people to their feet with his emotional performances from NY to Nashville - Summer of 2008 Drew was booked for a series of shows at Jones Beach Amphitheater playing the WaMu festival stage before headliners such as James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Chicago, Peter Frampton, Journey and Rod Stewart, among many others.

​As a songwriter - Drew continues to hone his craft with both solo material and songs co-written with fellow songwriter such as Ari Hest, May Cheung, Billy Sideman, among others.. Drew Yowell has a unique ability to capture different styles, utilizing his wealth of experience and vast talents.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca