Rising Pop/R&B Artist, Minh, Warms up with Layers

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As Asian-American artists are becoming more prevalent in pop music, Minh is a triple-threat as a rising songwriter-producer-performer with his latest album release, Layers.

There's a lot of upbeat dance music out right now, which I love. But, I wanted to bring something different to the table as a new artist

Minh, a rising artist-producer based out of the DC area, has released Layers on October 14, 2010. The self-produced album marks the beginning of his aggressive push into the industry after the release of his “primer” album, Dreamgirl’s Heart, earlier in February 2010. Incorporating a blend of pop, r&b, and electro, Layers is a concept album that depicts the journey of finding love, losing it, and self-realization in the process. Displaying his ability to do it all, Minh wrote, produced, mixed, and mastered this entire album over the course of four months in his home project studio. As Asian-American artists are becoming more prevalent in pop music, Minh is a triple-threat as a rising songwriter-producer-performer with his latest album release, Layers.

The album’s leading single, “These Blinds Shut”, is a counter-intuitive slow jam about a lover’s plea for more effort on the part of the other to save their relationship. The decision to highlight this song before the more upbeat songs came easy. “There’s a lot of upbeat dance music out right now, which I love. But, I wanted to bring something different to the table as a new artist,” Minh explains. “So we chose ‘These Blinds Shut’. Plus, every girl I’ve played it for absolutely loves it.”

Layers showcases some dance-floor friendly production chops on “Fresh”, “Get In or Get Out”, and “Top That”. It gets sexy with the throwback “She Feels Good”, which sounds like it should be the backdrop for a high-fashion catwalk. “Layers”, the title track, is a frustrated admirer’s cry. “Broken Lover” paints a perfect picture of the ugly cycle of heartbreak. After it’s all said and done, Minh makes a statement about his challenges in pursuing his dream of musical success in “I Must Go” and “Star”. Minh ends the album with “Every Word”, an inspirational song about loving one another.

“I was tempted to put out only singles, but I’m too in love with the idea of an album,” says Minh. “There’s something special about sharing a collection of songs that is a window into a period of your life. It’s art. I love the process of weaving grooves and thoughts into a song, and then, weaving the songs into an album that means something – something personal to me, and, hopefully, something personal to the listener.”

More information on Minh can be found on his official website, http://www.minhmusic.com.

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