Two of my favorite music types are roots blues/jazz of the American South and surf folk (a la Jack Johnson). The two genres are normally worlds apart. But one budding singer/songwriter, a gal from Malaysia by the name of Zee Avi, artfully combines both styles.
Appropriately, she’s been picked up by Jack Johnson’s music label, Brushfire Records. Brushfire manager Emmett Malloy calls Avi a cross between Norah Jones and Billie Holliday, and she’ll make her first Brushfire appearance on the label’s upcoming Christmas CD. She has already recorded her debut album with Brushfire, but I haven’t seen a release date.
For now, the only way to enjoy Avi’s enchanting music is via YouTube, where she goes by stage name Kokokaina. One of my favorite vids is I Am Me, Once More (I’d embed it here, but she’s got embed disabled, dang her).
If her album turns out anything like her amateur YouTube recordings, it’s going to be awesome.