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Zee Avi

One of my favorite things to do here at Monalle is find these rarely seen “Before they were famous” videos of some star doing their thing ‘back in the day’… Zee Avi became famous by doing her thing, her way, back in the day…

In this video she’s about 22 years old, she filmed it herself, in her room, in Malaysia about a year ago. Here’s the story, Zee was born in 1986 in Borneo, she plays guitar ukulele, and writes her own songs. One day she had a small local concert in Kuala Lumpur and videoed some of that show. She put it up on Youtube for a friend of hers, who asked that she leave it up for a others to see…

A few week’s / months passed and video got sent from friend to friend around the web eventually finding itself at the desk of Jack Johnson himself who sought her out and signed her to Brushfire records.

No demo, no audition, no real recording or first album, just Zee, bringing her huge spirit to the microphone in a good old fashioned low quality reproduction shared on youtube…

So what makes Zee so special? So Special that Jack Johnson (Big Daddy Jack) jumped to sign her? Just listen to this and you’ll see why she’s become such a huge star al over the world now… There is a rawness, a gentleness, an integrity and honesty in everything she does… Definitely a lovely voice, no doubt of that, but there is something more here, if I had to name it, I’d say, “She sings with integrity and you can feel it…”

Good luck Zee! …and thanks for all the wonderful tones you’ve shared with us along the way!

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