“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”
- Tom Waits
Piao is a Chinese-Canadian Pop/R&B singer and the 2016 Slaight Family Foundation Presidential Scholar from Toronto, Canada. Born in Shanghai and raised in Toronto, her unique background has led her to uncover and bridge the gap between Chinese pop music, and American R&B music. Growing up with both Asian and Western cultures has shaped her both individually, and musically. Her soulful, heartfelt, and dynamic performances reflect the world as she experiences it.
Piao’s musical journey began at the age of three, when her mother had recognized her great interest in their living room piano. In 2006, she was accepted into the prestigious Young Artist Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music, where she studied classical piano performance with Alla Zacarelli of the Glen Gould School. In the space of four years, Piao received first place standings in seven provincial competitions under the ARCT Conservatory division.
In 2008, Piao extended her musical realm and discovered her voice. In 2015, she was selected as one of the only two singers representing Canada to compete in The Voice of China in Shanghai. In the summer of 2017, she opened for the Junshu & Co. summer tour in China. Piao has since performed at various recognized venues and festivals in collaboration with VYBE Dance as L.O.V.E (Ladies of Vybe Entertainment) throughout her hometown Toronto.
Piao is currently in her fourth semester at the Berklee College of Music, double majoring in Music Business and Performance, with a minor in Music Production and Engineering. During her first semester at Berklee, she was featured in Berklee's Singer's Night, Groovalicious, Chinese New Year celebration, and Berklee’s very first video honoring Canadian musicians in tribute to the 2017 JUNO awards. In her two years at Berklee, she has been a part of numerous performances, including Berklee’s premier series Singer’s Showcase where she was selected for two consecutive semesters, and Chinese Pop Music Showcase where she performed alongside SingChina!’s artist 徐歌阳.