While studying acting, Lin found herself writing songs on the guitar during downtime backstage, and she soon began performing at local coffeehouses. Equally influenced by jazz vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald
and singer/songwriters in the mold of Joni Mitchell
, Lin dubbed her style "acoustic folk jazz," and in 2005 she released an independent EP of her songs, Blue and Borderlined. By the time Lin released her next project in 2007, a seven-song EP called Doppelganger, she had relocated to New York City, and was regularly touring the country playing her songs. For her third release, 2010's Microscope, Lin took control of the technical as well as the musical side of the project, serving as her own producer, engineer, and mixer. Near the end of the year, Lin released the first of what would become a series of seasonal digital singles, an interpretation of Vince Guaraldi
and Lee Mendelson's "Christmas Time Is Here." In 2011, Lin began rediscovering the ukulele, and she released a digital single of "That's All," accompanying herself on the uke.
By 2014, Lin had relocated to San Francisco and formed a band, the Blue Moon All Stars, who backed her as she sang and strummed the ukulele. Playing both originals and standards, Lin and her group became a fixture in San Francisco and their fame began to spread across the country, especially as a new interest in the uke bloomed among musicians. In 2017, Lin released an album celebrating her favorite instrument, Ukulele Days; she also gave uke and vocal lessons, both in person and via Skype, with Lin encouraging her students to embrace creativity as a means of personal expression. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi