Chan Poling


Chan Poling is an award-winning pop songwriter, composer of theatrical scores, author, and a seasoned performer.

Chan's alternative rock band, The Suburbs, became a touchstone of the “Minneapolis Sound” in the 1980’s, recording albums for Polygram, A&M Records and Universal Music. Chan continues to record and perform with the latest incarnation of that groundbreaking group.

His trio, The New Standards, performs their unique jazzy spin on pop music in theaters and clubs around the world, whether with their large theatrical Holiday Show extravaganzas, performing with the world-class orchestras, or holding court in intimate clubs like Joe’s Pub in NYC or the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.

Chan's other great love is Musical Theater. A dedicated devotee of classic and pop music-theater styles, he has written the musical scores and songs for a variety of shows, including the American Theatre Critics Association's "best new play" award-winner "Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream" composed for the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune, “Heaven”, commissioned by producer Kevin McCollum, the Ivey Award-winning “Glensheen”, the wild musical comedy "Lord Gordon Gordon" and the teen fantasy “A Night in Olympus”, the last three written with the esteemed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

Music Licensing. Film and Television Producers also license from his extensive and varied catalogue (or commission Chan to write) tunes for TV shows, numerous commercials, award-winning documentaries, and indie films.

Among many honors for his work, including the "Best Overall" Ivey for “Glensheen”, two Emmys and a Cine Golden Eagle, Adweek Magazine "Ad of the Week" awards, and more, The Suburbs were voted by The Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the "100 Most Influential Minnesota Musical Entities of the Twentieth Century", and the Minnesota Music Awards recognized Chan with their lifetime “POP” (Perpetually Outstanding Performer) Award.