Vienna Teng | Waking Hour

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Waking Hour

by Vienna Teng

As featured on LETTERMAN and NPR. Waking Hour takes listeners on an emotional ride through gentle piano ballads to multi-layered productions with lush landscapes.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Tower
3:50 album only
2. Momentum
5:23 album only
3. Gravity
3:39 album only
4. Daughter
3:15 album only
5. Between
3:34 album only
6. Say Uncle
5:27 album only
7. Drought
4:05 album only
8. Enough To Go By
4:19 album only
9. Unwritten Letter #1
3:36 album only
10. Eric's Song
5:08 album only
11. Soon Love Soon
4:37 album only
12. Lullaby For A Stormy Night
3:53 album only
13. Decade And One
4:58 album only


Album Notes
"I've heard the entire CD and there's not a dud on this. You get your money's worth here" - David Letterman

"That Norah Jones chick ain't got nothing on self-described "music geek" Vienna Teng." (San Francisco Examiner)

"Teng's voice and piano skills will knock you out." (Sports Illustrated)

"sharp and and layered songcraft" (Washington Post)

"pure poetry...Teng's deep lyrics work because of her appealing and distinctive melodies, which immediately grab your attention and make you want to hear more." (American Songwriter)

"she is like a child of Chopin and Sarah McLachlan" (San Jose Mercury News)

Acclaimed San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and classically trained pianist Vienna Teng's music defies any attempt at simplistic classification. Far from being pressured into studying music, Vienna asked for piano lessons on her own, at the tender age of 5. While she delved fully into classical works by composers such as Bach and Chopin, she was drawn more to the act of improvisation, and in expressing the ideas that were emerging in her own imagination. She wrote her first song at age 6, and had an album's worth of instrumentals composed by age 16. As if the challenges of collegiate life weren't enough, she released a 4-song EP at Stanford and finished recording the tracks for her first full-length album before she graduated.

Her compositions range from gentle piano ballads featuring pristine vocals to multi-layered productions with lush landscapes. Waking Hour features explorations into not just pop, folk and rock, but also new age and world beat stylings. The album's 13 melodic songs take listeners on an emotional ride through the haunting, the ethereal, and the comforting.

As a result of her captivating live performances, Vienna has earned increasing recognition from the press and a dedicated fan base throughout the country. Highly unusual for a non-major label artist, Vienna performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and was profiled on NPR and CNN. She has opened for Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, & more. Waking Hour was co-produced by David Henry (Cowboy Junkies, REM, Josh Rouse) and features guest musicians Will Kimbrough (Kim Richey) and Craig Wright (Steve Earle).



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I heard Vienna play live last week -- having previously after listened to Waking Hour for, well, hours!!! Others have said this is an "amazing debut" album. That's an understatement. This is an amazing album regardless of where it will ultmately fit into Teng's future works.


Sounds Just As Good As Her Sophmore Album
Vienna continues to amaze me with her music I absolutely love her songs on this album and the stories she paints with her lyrics. Gravity and Between are absolutely amazing and Tower should have been a chart- topping single. I love her voice, I love the way she crafts the songs- this album is a true gem.


If you do not have this CD...Get it today!
Absolutely Outstanding Music. Thank you Vienna for such an ear pleasing CD. I have to believe David Letterman was correct in saying “Not a dud on the entire CD” Vienna you are off to a great start. Also kudos for CD Baby, great place to get music.


Great CD. Music that is a breath of fresh air. For those who know good music, this is one for your collection.


This is by far the best album I've bought all year. Vienna sings great, and her piano playing is even better.

joe dirt

Take a break from the tired old stuff on the radio, sit down with a favorite drink, and listen to this album. Beautiful songs, heartfelt lyrics, and a voice that is angelic, for a lack of a better word. Forget the reviews and just take a listen.


in a word... wow
This is a wonderful CD, filled with beautiful songs that all have memorable melodic lines. Vienna's voice is perfect for the songs, and her playing is amazingly lyrical. All in all, this is a real gem of a CD, an album you can definitely listen to over and over.

Hero Ngauv

Beautiful music. Been listening to this CD ever since I got it a week ago. Can't wait to see her in concert the next time she comes to the Boston area.

Jason Dufair

Stunning, simply stunning
The raw emotion and connection you feel listening to Waking Hour is stunning. I heard her music on Radio Paradise ( and it just JUMPED out at me amidst the rest of the otherwise decent stuff they play. She writes a ballad like no one can. I guarantee you'll be singing "Soon Love Soon" in your head for months on end after you hear it once.

Just me

A real pearl
A CD that you can listen through without stopping and afterwards feel like you can take on the world and come out shining.
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