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Emerging Artist: Who is LP?

March 19, 2014

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Who is this Dylan look-alike who goes by the name LP?

Well, she may just be the next major singer/songwriter that the music industry will be raving about. While her short dark curls, black Ray-Bans, and suit jackets reflect a young Bob Dylan, in many ways she is a completely unique artist. There is no other female artist in the current music world that looks or sounds like her. Her style questions what a popular female singer looks like in 2014 amidst the glamourous images of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Carrie Underwood, the sexual personae of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Miley Cyrus, or the absurd costumes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, and Nikki Minaj.

LP has a vocal prowess that will captivate you with its distinct tone and unexpected power. It’s definitely a voice unique in itself – the way Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell’s vocal tones are immediately recognizable, so could LP’s be one day. Her range carries her soaring melodies with confidence and steadiness. Her talent is evident and it is still evolving.

LP, short for Laura Pergolizzi, is originally from New York but currently resides in Los Angeles. She’s been entangled in the music industry since 2001, writing for herself as well as others – she co-wrote “Cheers (Drink to That)” recorded by Rihanna as well as “Beautiful People” recorded by Christina Aguilera for the soundtrack to Burlesque. Her previous two albums, 2001’s Heart-Shaped Scar and 2004’s Suburban Sprawl and Alcohol, seem to be considered irrelevant to LP’s current sound – neither one appears on her official webpage.

A new chapter began for LP after signing to Warner Bros. Records in 2011. She returned to writing music for herself and began touring at music festivals in 2012 such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza among others. See her 2012 interview at SXSW here.

Her live EP, released in April of 2012, entitled Into The Wild (Live at EastWest Studios), showcases a seriously talented singer/songwriter. The title track, “Into The Wild” is the best known from the EP, however, “Tokyo Sunrise” is a stand out track with its acoustic and lyrical vulnerability and her signature soaring melodic arches. Watch LP perform it live at her EastWest Studios performance here.

LP’s online cover videos portray her eclectic love of music as well as her instrument of comfort, the ukelele. The “Ukelele Sessions” include covers of “Something” by The Beatles, “In the Pines” by Leadbelly, and “The Widow” by The Mars Volta, but most popular is her cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” which was taped live during her performance at EastWest Studios.

She is currently working on a full-length album with producer Rob Cavallo (the current Chairman of Warner Bros. Records and the producer of the historic album by Green Day, Dookie). She was also chosen to perform at the upcoming tribute concert of Paul Simon’s music at Carnegie Hall on March 31st among 20 other artists.

Already making history when she was named the first female Martin Guitar Ambassador in 2012, LP has the potential to become a legendary artist if she continues to develop her original artistic voice.

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