Zee Avi at PopTech 2009

A YouTube sensation: Shortly after posting self-styled videos on YouTube, singer-songwriter Zee Avi woke up to 3,000 emails one morning. One offered her a recording contract with Brushfire Records. Since then, Avi left her home in Kuala Lumpur for Los Angeles. She performs melodic, melancholy songs tinged with irrepressible optimism.