Bill Kwan: San Francisco, California
Bill Kwan, Contemporary Vocalist
San Francisco, California

San Francisco-based Bill Kwan is noted for delivering an impeccably curated collection of songs by the some of the most transcendent songwriters of our generation. With lyrics filtered through his own heartbroken lens, he delicately reconstructs the tracks much like a jazz singer interpreting the great classics. A lovelorn rendering of these painful-yet-beautiful songs, Poison & Wine was recently released, with “Blindsided,” “No Distance Left To Run” and “Missing” impacting on the radio. Kwan also launched a headlining tour in support of Poison & Wine, beginning with a series of shows in the Bay Area. 

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What is your favorite word to describe San Francisco?


What word best reflects the people of San Francisco?


What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in San Francisco?

The Bay.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in San Francisco?

Doing an urban hike.

What is your favorite indoor activity in San Francisco?

Playing guitar.

What is your favorite sound or noise in San Francisco?

Fog horns in the middle of the night.

What is your favorite smell or taste in San Francisco?

My favorite smell: the sea air. My favorite taste: Roast chicken and Caesar salad at Zuni Cafe.

What drink best reflects San Francisco?

Craft cocktails like the Jackal at %ABV (my personal favorite).

What song or type of music best reflects San Francisco?

Jazz seems to fit the mood of the fog, the City and the Bay. It has a historic presence here and now with the new SFJazz Center, it's an integral part of the culture. 

If Heaven were San Francisco, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Welcome. Eat great food and party!

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