Giana Nguyen really means it when she thanks you for listening. Much like fellow songstresses Sara Bareilles and Sarah McLachan, Nguyen's piano-based pop/acoustic rock sound finds its gravity in inescapable melodies that communicate her story through authentic, personal lyrics.
Giana’s debut EP, “For Now,” is a major milestone in her career. Featuring 6 original songs that epitomize the best of singer/songwriter acoustic pop and showcase her clear, evocative voice, “For Now” beautifully and immediately pulls her fans right up close to the heart of a woman. Her songwriting and vocal performances, both perfectly-pitched for today’s Top 40 market, communicate perspective and wisdom while sonically tipping the hat to her musical paragons.
How do you describe your music to people?
Pop with substance: singer/songwriter sentiments delivered through catchy melodies, expressive vocals, and layered instrumentation.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been singing since I was 4 or 5 years old. From elementary through high school, I studied classical piano and learned to sing through school choirs. Music has always been a part of my life, but it only recently became front and center.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I can't name just one thing! Variety is the spice of life! I have to mix things up between the exhilarating, adventurous, outdoorsy excursions and the relaxing, comforting, pampering activities. Overall, anything that combines good people, good food, good memories.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
First of all, I like that you recognize it's a business! Art is one thing, but when you're trying to make a living through your art, you have to embrace that it's a business. But to answer the question, the challenge is to balance passion with practicality. You have to create like a musician, but think like an entrepreneur. The glitz and glamour is a facade...the reality is that it's nonstop work!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always knew that I would pursue a career in health care or music. I spent a good number of years in the first, but have now transitioned full-time to the latter and am so happy with that decision. For the first time in my life, my passion and occupation are one and the same!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I grew up in Orange County, California, but didn't tap into the wealth of arts, culture and community that surrounded me until recent years. Who knows...if I would've been involved sooner, I may have skipped the health care career and gone straight to music! There are so many supportive people and organizations, within the mainstream and Vietnamese-American communities, that create safe spaces for artists to be artists. I'm also very fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who believe in me and have watched, without judgement, as I became more and more comfortable within my own skin as a musician. It would be a very, very lonely existence without my immediate and extended community.
What other artists out there do you love?
To name a few...Sara Bareilles, Michael Buble, Colbie Caillat, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer, Norah Jones, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Phoenix, Muse, The Temper Trap. And man, oh man, the community of indie artists and the talent that lies within is unbelievable!
What does your future hold?
Lots more music, and less could've/would've/should've.