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It’s simple: Once you see and hear LP, you remember. She’s a gripping
performer, a curly-headed force of nature looking kind of like a cross
between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan, albeit often wielding a
ukulele. A rockin’ ukulele, in front of a dynamic, versatile band, that is. And
her voice is instantly ear-catching, a natural instrument of power and
grace.
But there’s much more to it. There’s just something about the Los Angelesbased
singer-songwriter-artist that grabs hold - a spirit, an exuberance, a
belief in her gifts as a musician and in the power of music to reach people.
It comes through her songs, whether written for Rihanna (the 2011 hit
“Cheers”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People” from the movie
Burlesque), or for herself, such as “Into the Wild” (the song that has
tantalized ears through its use in a Citibank Card TV commercial) and the
hauntingly epic “Tokyo Sunrise,” also from a live EP to be released this
spring.
While writing songs for others was rewarding (artistically as well as in other
ways), her most natural habitat is on stage. It was playing the L.A. club
gigs that reenergized LP’s drive to write songs for herself and get back out
there as a solo artist. Thinking back about her earlier days, performing live
is what motivated her while living as a rock ‘n’ roll road warrior: “We were
doing 250 shows a year, driving around the country in a crappy van my
brother leased for me, one hotel room for all of us in the band,” she
explains.
Fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing, LP’s stage presence is
inherently powerful with a free-flowing, infectious confidence honed
through a few years of touring around the country with her band fueled by
a contagious, pure love of performing which has brought her to this point
as a solo artist in her own right. At a recent show at the Troubadour in
West Hollywood in January, it became abundantly clear after just one song
that the energy shared between artist and audience reflected a breakout
buzz gig confirming LP’s status as an artist to watch in 2012.
In fact Esquire Magazine has singled out LP as one of 2012‘s rising stars,
adding its voice to a growing, global legion of fans. All this comes before
she’s even released her Warner Bros. Records debut live EP, let alone the
full album she’s currently working on with producers such as Isabella
Summers (Florence and the Machine), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Alanis
Morissette), PJ Bianco (Metro Station, Veronicas), and Fraser T. Smith
(Adele, Ellie Goulding) among her collaborators.
And then there are the multitudes of people online Google-ing to find the
striking voice behind the mysterious “Somebody left the gate open”. A
vocal snippet (from LP’s song “Into The Wild” ), which can be heard
accompanying the daredevil rock climbers on the much-discussed Citibank
Card commercial. The success of this song and commercial was the
subject of a recent CNN news piece, not to mention the surge of popularity
of the viral videos of LP’s concert performances, whether she’s singing her
own songs or soaring versions of everything from Guns ‘N Roses’ “Sweet
Child O’ Mine” to Beyonce’s “Halo.” The beauty behind this kind of growing
awareness is what happens on its own when an audience begins to
discover an artist for themselves. It’s that pure word of mouth which
continues to be the catalyst for that organic curiosity and attraction. This is
not the work of the PR machine; it’s just the natural order of events which
has brought fans to the music of LP.
LP - born and raised in New York and now a Los Angeleno — came to
music early, despite coming from a “family of doctors and lawyers.” Her
mom loved to sing, though, and the youngster was not to be deterred. She
was drawn heavily to transformational artists, those who blended mystique
with the rare ability to make an instant connection with listeners, both as
performers and writers.
When LP talks about her favorite music or artists who have provided
inspiration, she admits: “I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan. Kurt Cobain’s another
one — he was able to make the most unique kind of music that stands on
its own. What about Chris Cornell’s voice or Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison,
Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde’s swagger…and I really appreciate rappers
like Jay-Z; the wordplay is really important to me. I’m into so much music
Trying to describe LP’s music can be a daunting task. There is an elegant
energy that rocks but does that make it rock music? The structures are
memorable and melodic but does that make it pop music? The lyrical
content has its own emotional depth that holds a universal appeal which
draws the listener closer but does that make it folk music? One might
detect traces of Roy Orbison, or the aforementioned Jeff Buckley, a hint of
U2 or maybe some suggestion of Edith Piaf but it somehow doesn’t really
sound like any of these per se. This is the music of LP.
Her performances were honed during her years of intense touring, and her
songwriting developed while working with such top songwriters as Billy
Steinberg and Desmond Child among others. “When I went in to sessions
with people, I had to make it rain really fast or they wouldn’t want to write
with me again. You learn to hit your mark pretty quickly.”
All of those factors are coming into play as LP makes her Warner Bros.
debut album, which she hopes will be worthy of her teachers and will also
satisfy her own creative expectations. “I want to make a journey of a
record, something that flows as a full and complete piece of work,” she
says.
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Saturday Jun 9, 4:00 PM on The Great Taste Lounge Brewed by Miller Lite

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