Laurelle is an immensely gifted R&B singer and songwriter. She is notable for her ability to draw from a wide range of musical genres in her music and for her vocal agility that reminds one of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. As Laurelle explains: “No matter what song, style or genre I am working in, my goal is to ensure my music touches people in a positive manner.” Laurelle’s soul comes through both in her lyrics and in her masterful, impassioned vocal delivery. Laurelle has a promising career ahead of her!
A DMV native, Laurelle developed a passion for music at an early age. She grew up in a musical household and worked up her first demo in her early teens. In 2010, Laurelle’s career took off with her single “Compare to You,” which reached the #1 slot on the Top 50 Independent Charts for internet radio. This single landed her a spot on Hip Hop Weekly in October 2012. Her follow-up single “Years Ago” also received copious radio airplay. Now working in New York City, Laurelle has recently released her highly anticipated debut EP The Journey (2018). This work has received high praise from reviewers like Jamie Glenn of Elicit Magazine, who writes: “Beyonce better move over because a new soul and R&B act is on her way up!”
The Journey showcases Laurelle’s talent for moving fluidly between vocal styles. One of the most intriguing characteristics of the album is its eclectic fusion of genres, including hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and neo-psychedelia. The EP opens with “Speaking in Tongues,” which is Laurelle’s collaboration with hip hop artist Dreamcast McFly. “Speaking in Tongues” features Laurelle’s smooth, easygoing runs that create a surreal ambiance over the phaser effect in the synths. The effervescent “All Eyes on You” highlights a different side of Laurelle through her frequent register shifts, controlled vibrato, and acrobatic melismas. Laurelle’s vocal virtuosity shines through in the ending track “Alright,” in which the artist’s florid belting gives drive to the slow-moving harmonic shifts in the synths.
Laurelle is currently preparing to go on tour in spring 2019. Be sure to check out her music video for “Speaking in Tongues,” below!