The Good Asian Drivers broke into the national spotlight in 2008 when slam poet Kit Yan and songwriter Melissa Li launched an unforgettable cross-country tour, playing in over 30 states in 12 weeks. Together, this performance powerhouse emerged from their breakthrough debut as one of the most electrifying artists of their generation.
Melissa Li's music, a catchy blend of folk-rock and pop, has been heralded for its honest lyrics and bold sound. A seasoned songwriter, Li's voice and style are distinct, carrying both the urgency of Ani DiFranco and the charm of Alana Davis. Melissa started her career performing in Boston at the tender age of 16. In 2007, she received the prestigious Jonathan Larson grant for her talent in music composition. Her most notable appearances include Boston Pride, The Somerville Theater, and numerous colleges and universities across the nation. Her highly-anticipated debut album, "2 Seconds Away" released in 2008 to enthusiastic reviews.
Kit Yan's spoken word tackles race and gender with candor, eloquence, and humor. Hailed by the press as "a slam force to be reckoned with," Yan's resolute delivery packs a mighty punch, leaving his audience completely transfixed. Wittily crafted and genuinely passionate, his pieces are rare treasures amongst a new generation of slam poets. Accomplished beyond his years, Yan started competing in Boston with professionals twice his age when he was just a college student. Before the age of 21, he landed a coveted spot in the Lizard Lounge National Slam Team, competed in the Individual World Poetry Slam, and won the world's largest slam.
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