Press Kit

Tai Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk singer, composer and songwriter known for her 50+ songs inspired by works of literature —everything from Stephen King’s Carrie to Dr. Seuss—that span a wide range of themes and musical styles. A Cornish College of the Arts- trained classical and jazz composer, Tai is a favorite wedding and event performer because of her versatility. Her covers range from Eva Cassidy to Garth Brooks to Queen.

Tai Shan is a pop-folk singer, composer and songwriter known for her 50+ songs inspired by works of literature. Her second album, Living Fiction, featured the catchy ode to individuality, “Cool to Be Weird,” which was chosen as the anthem for the Girl Scouts of America’s Power Up Program. In 2016, Tai was awarded a Jack Straw Cultural Center artist recording grant to complete her third album, focusing on female narratives. A Cornish College of the Arts- trained classical and jazz composer, Tai draws from a treasure chest of musical know-how. Her catchy, layered melodies echo John Mayer and Jack Johnson while her soprano soars somewhere between Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrisette, and Adele. Tai has played live on NPR, sang for the Pope, and performed at nearly every major venue in Seattle, down the West Coast, and at the famous Bluebird cafe in Nashville.

Tai Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk singer, composer and songwriter. Her catchy, layered melodies echo John Mayer and Jack Johnson while her soprano soars somewhere between Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrisette, and Adele. Tai has has performed on NPR and at nearly every major venue in Seattle, including Benaroya Hall, the Moore Theater, the Tractor, Bumbershoot, and Seattle Comicon.

CultureMob raves, “Tai Shan sings as if the world was unaware of beauty, and it is her task to describe it.” A Cornish College of the Arts- trained classical and jazz composer, Tai is known for her incredible versatility, in both music and subject matter. Though she has plenty of her own life stories to draw from—including singing for the Pope, watching all of her belongings ignite in a house fire, playing a music tour through Yellowstone National Park, and teaching music at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (Mo-Pop), Dusty Strings, and Seattle Girls School—Tai prefers to mine literature. She’s penned over 50 songs, in collaboration with Bushwick Book Club, that give musical voice to literary characters and immerse the audience in the story, the same way a novel does. Her last album, Living Fiction, featured the catchy ode to individuality, “Cool to Be Weird,” which was chosen as the anthem for the Girl Scouts of America’s Power Up Program. In 2016, Tai was awarded a Jack Straw Cultural Center artist recording grant to complete her third album, focusing on female narratives.

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“Tai sings as if the world was unaware of beauty and it is her task to describe it. She knows each goosebump-raising frequency and proves that whole worlds can exist in a 5-minute song.” —CultureMob

She believes music should serve the song and its story, even if that means hopping from do-wop to country. Tai gives musical voice to literary characters and fully immerses the audience in the story." - Grady Harp

"There must be something in the water in Seattle because the music scene is ripe with great artists, yet Tai Shan seems to stand head and shoulders in her genre[...] Industry if you are out there listening, sign this act while you can – this is solid gold!" - AllAboutVocals

Tai is a Seamstress of Melodies.” —Jovino Santos Neto, Latin Grammy Nominee

"Songs like 'Last Thing On My Minde' or 'Before The Dawn' may be popped sometimes, but with beautiful ballads like 'Oldest Lullaby' she comes here with exceptionally good work. 'All I See is You' is also one to dream away with." - Rootsville

Tai Shan’s music is like “hugging a total stranger, kind of awkward and totally wonderful” —CityArts Magazine

“Tai Shan evokes Sarah McLachlan at her most reflective.” —Eugene Weekly

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Tai’s voice and artistry flow freely from the heart first, but what is most striking is the timelessness to her melodies...”

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