Priscilla Ahn

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Priscilla Ahn
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Background information
Birth name Priscilla Natalie Hartranft
Born (1984-03-09) March 9, 1984 (age 30)
Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Acoustic, folk, Indie folk
Instruments Guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, banjo
Years active 2003–present
Labels Blue Note
Website Priscilla Ahn's official website

Priscilla Ahn (born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft; March 9, 1984)[1] is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She released her single “Dream” from her debut album, A Good Day, produced by Joey Waronker for EMI's Blue Note Records, in 2008. After growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from high school, Ahn moved to Los Angeles, California, adopted her mother's Korean maiden name and began to pursue a music career.

Ahn has toured with Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Ray LaMontagne, Devotchka and Joshua Radin and her collaborative efforts include Tiesto's “I Am Strong,” Cary Brothers “Maps” and Ashtar Command's “The Breakup Song.”

Ahn has released several albums, including A Good Day, When You Grow Up, and This Is Where We Are. She has toured internationally, including tours in Japan, China, Korea, and the USA.[2]

Early life and beginnings[edit]

Ahn was born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft in Fort Stewart, Georgia, to Kay (née Ahn) and Harry Hartranft, spent her childhood growing up in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and attended Tulpehocken Area High School. She started playing guitar at the age of 14 and performed in choirs and musical productions throughout high school.[3] After graduation her music professor encouraged her to pursue her music career full-time.[4]

Career[edit]

After years of performing at open mic nights, Priscilla Ahn played a showcase in New York City for Blue Note Records and was signed to the label. In 2008, Blue Note Records released her full-length debut album, A Good Day, produced by Joey Waronker. The following June, Ahn went on a national tour.[5] Her album, A Good Day included musical contributions by keyboardists Greg Kurstin, Keefus Ciancia, guitarist/film composer Mike Andrews, musical saw player Ursula Knudsun, cellist/string arranger Oliver Kraus, keyboardist Larry Goldings and singers Jim Gilstrap and Orin Waters.[4])

Ahn playing a guitar and harmonica
Ahn performing at SPACE in Chicago

Priscilla Ahn, has toured with Joshua Radin, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne and contributed vocals to the albums Supply and Demand, Mission Bell and Kaleidoscope.[6] was selected as Artist of the Week in Paste magazine in June 2008.[7]

Ahn's songs have appeared on the television shows Grey's Anatomy,[8] Knight Rider, Make It Or Break It, Married Single Other, several episodes of the Ghost Whisperer,[9] and in the films Disturbia,[10] Bride Wars, Love Happens, My Sister's Keeper, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.

After contributing to the compilations album, His Way, Our Way, Priscilla Ahn collaborated with Inara George, Sia Furler, Eleni Mandell, Charlie Wadhams and Jake Blanton on her album When You Grow Up which was produced by Ethan Johns.

Ahn appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 2011 and ABC's Dancing with the Stars, performing songs from her debut A Good Day and the title track from When You Grow Up.[11]

After a period of writers block, Ahn isolated herself in a remote desert hotel to create new music for the album This is Where We Are. "I found the whole thing really inspiring, and suddenly, all these songs came pouring out. I just needed a little isolation and focus, some new sounds to play with, and a care-free, 'this is just an experiment' attitude to begin writing again."[2] This Is Where We Are was released in the USA on 15 February 2014.[12] It was released in Japan on 19 July 2013 and later in Korea and Taiwan.

Ahn's music is described as grounded in folk, country and pop.[4] Ahn explored electropop music in the album This Is Where We Are.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Ahn married actor Michael Weston in May 2010.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Priscilla Ahn (2007, self-released)
  • Live Session, (2008, iTunes)
  • Sweet Hearts, (2012, With Charlie Wadhams)

Singles[edit]

  • Dream” (2008, Blue Note)
  • “I'll Never Smile Again” (2009)
  • “I Am Strong” by Tiesto featuring vocals by Priscilla Ahn (2009)[16]
  • “Where The Leaf Starts To Fall” feat Taiwanese music band Sodagreen (2013)
  • “從一片落葉開始 (Where The Leaf Starts To Fall)” by Sodagreen featuring vocals by Priscilla Ahn (2013)

Music videos[edit]

  • “Dream”
  • “Red Cape”
  • “Vibe So Hot”
  • “I Don't Have Time To Love”
  • “When You Grow Up”
  • “Torch Song”
  • “Home”
  • “Remember How I Broke Your Heart”

Compilation appearances[edit]

Contributions[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Credits of Priscilla Ahn as a vocalist and/or songwriter

Year Film Recording Title Notes
2009 Bride Wars Dream Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Loving Leah Dream Hallmark Hall of Fame
2010 My Sister's Keeper Find My Way Back Home Warner Bros. Pictures
2010 Brand New Day (f/k/a Traveling) Dream Universal City Studios Productions LLLP
Legends of the Canyon Dream Impact film Sales LTD
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove Find My Way Back Home Warner Bros. Pictures
2011 An Invisible Sign of My Own “In a Tree” Invisible Indelible
Red Flag Find My Way Back Home Hands On Productions, Inc.
2013 Missing Pieces Find My Way Back Home Contraction Entertainment
The Goats Wallflower The Goats, LLC
Pacific Rim “Mako”[23] Warner Bros. Pictures & Legendary Pictures
2014 When Marnie Was There “Fine on the Outside” Studio Ghibli

Television[edit]

Credits of Priscilla Ahn as a vocalist and/or songwriter

Television appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ a b Izzy (2014-05-02). "Priscilla Ahn Deliberately Deserted and Back Again". 'Philthy Mag'. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  3. ^ Priscilla Ahn (1984-03-09). "Priscilla Ahn | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "Priscilla Ahn Biography". LetsSingIt. 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Priscilla Ahn Pictures, Albums, Ringtones, Videos". Starpulse.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  6. ^ (Feb 21, 2011) Amos Lee on World Cafe NPR News, Retrieved April 212012
  7. ^ Leahey, Andrew (2008-06-04). "Artist of the Week: Priscilla Ahn". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Grey's Anatomy Music - Singer-Songwriters From the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack". Folkmusic.about.com. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  9. ^ TV.com (2010-09-02). "Ghost Whisperer - Season 4, Episode 5: Bloodline". TV.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Disturbia Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  11. ^ Chagollan, Steve (2011-05-05). "Priscilla Ahn’s angelic charms". Variety. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  12. ^ "Priscilla Ahn Plugs In for February 25 'This Is Where We Are'". Hot Press. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  13. ^ Monger, Timothy (2013-12-05). "Priscilla Ahn This Is Where We Are". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  14. ^ Lim, Vincent (2011-06-28). "On Growing Up: Priscilla Ahn album review". US-China Today. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  15. ^ "New Best of Album in Japan". Priscilla Ahn. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  16. ^ "Tiësto* - Kaleidoscope (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  17. ^ "The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs - Various Artists | Credits". AllMusic. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  18. ^ "We Were Here - Joshua Radin | Credits". AllMusic. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  19. ^ "Underwater - Joshua Radin | Credits". AllMusic. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  20. ^ "William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow And The Crow (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  21. ^ "Popservations™". Popservations.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  22. ^ "Priscilla Ahn & Rachael Yamagata Feature on Ashtar Command’s ‘American Sunshine’ Album". a-Tunes.net. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  23. ^ "Pacific Rim: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". WaterTower Music. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  24. ^ グローバル・プラス株式会社. "プリシラ・アーン、美しい日本語でドラマ主題歌を担当 | Priscilla Ahn | BARKS音楽ニュース". Barks.jp. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 

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