THE STORY Asia (pronouced ah-sya) Mei was born in Russia in a town called Ribinsk, close to Moscow. Moved to Jerusalem at the age of 7 with her family. Asia studied classical piano, composition and theory for 10 years in Jerusalem's music conservatory as well as singing in a classical choir. Growing up in Jerusalem took it's toll with developing a dark side to the person that the grown-ups always called "Asia, serious girl", a dark side that is quite prounced in her lyrics and musical mood. At 17 Asia moved to Boston to study Contemporary Writing and Production in Berklee College of Music. She absorbed all that she learned with all she had known to create her own unique style. Now, 4 years, A magna cum laude degree, internship at Interscope records, an orchestra recording and hundreds of gigs later, Asia is playing around Boston and New York, working as a freelance writer, producer and arranger, is a session pianist and vocalist and is excited about her debut CD. THE MUSIC - PIANO DRIVEN CLASSICALLY INFLUENCED ROCK Asia combines her abilities as a classical pianist with her love for rock and blues as well as other influences she grew up on such as world middle-eastern music. Her lyrics talk of personal emotions, relationships and frienships, social criticism and doubt. Asia is constantly being comapred to other piano playing women such as Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Norah Jones, problem is, she never listens to them. Her influences come from guitar driven music such as Jimi Hendrix, Metallica and Israeli rock band Hayehudim (the jews). You will love her music if you like piano driven rock bands such as Coldplay, Keane, Doves, Radiohead, Queen, Dresden Dolls as well as her latest favorite band Muse, to which she would most welcome a comparison. Her debut album 'shards' is a great combination of styles and moods that only emphasize Asia Mei's unique style as a writer, prformer and all-around musican.