Happy New Year Stargayzers! I cannot think of a better way to welcome in the feeling of renewal and flush away the heartburn and heartache of ’16 than by sharing a rathe stunning live Wing performance. Perhaps you are already familiar with Wing? I have been a certifiable WingNut for years now and I am hopeful that 2017 might just be the year that the Chinese-by-way-of-New Zealand recording artist breaks big. Though she has already created a prolific body of work—over 15 albums—that run the gamut from show tunes to AC/DC and has even been satirized on South Park, she is still a fringe artist. Mature folks like me will appreciate that Wing is truly a Mrs. Miller for the hipster set, no?
Unlike other singers who have questionable vocal talent, like say Ke$ha, Nelly Furtado, or really almost anyone you can name who had a hit since the 1990s, Wing is neither sexy nor young. She cannot dance, moves poorly, and has no stage presence whatsoever. She is a personality with no personality, a celebrity who is really not famous (yet). She is a singer who cannot sing (I mean that in the best sense) and I find her simply mesmeric. Indeed Wing belongs to a small group of vocalists who are in no way inhibited by the fact of possessing no vocal or performing talent at all and, bless her heart, she doesn’t even rely on studio gimmickry like auto tune to compensate. In short, she is essential listening!
As an additional gift for reading this far, here is her rousing version of Mariah Carey’s Make It Happen, which really showcases almost all of the qualities that make our girl Wing soar: her unpleasant tone, abject lack of rhythm, approximate pitch, and overall inherent lack of musicality. After one listen, I promise you that you will never hear Mariah’s jaunty song the same way again. In fact, you may find yourself asking, “Mariah who?”
You may also enjoy:
Barbara Cartland’s Album of Love Songs Sung Especially For You and the Cartland/Justin Timberlake Connection