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    Thu, 01 Dec 2011 13:14:26

    Introducing...Lauriana Mae - She signed to Atlantic and is an artist to watch

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    • Ella Fitzgerald - LONDON - JULY 17:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white. )  Liv Dawson poses during a photo session on July 17, 2012 in London, England. Liv launches her new single 'Here's That Rainy Day'. At the age of 13, Liv brings her own refreshingly unique style and an interpretation that defies her age to Here's That Rainy Day - a classic fifties melody, originally performed by musical legends, such as Dolores Grey, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among others to be launched on July 26, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
    • Ella Fitzgerald - LONDON - JULY 17:  Liv Dawson poses during a photo session on July 17, 2012 in London, England. Liv launches her new single 'Here's That Rainy Day'. At the age of 13, Liv brings her own refreshingly unique style and an interpretation that defies her age to Here's That Rainy Day - a classic fifties melody, originally performed by musical legends, such as Dolores Grey, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among others to be launched on July 26, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
    • Ella Fitzgerald - (From L-R) Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, trumpet player Christian Scott, and actor-comedian Bill Cosby joke about the height of a microphone as musical director George Duke looks on during the opening gala of the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012. First opened in 1910 in the 'Black Broadway' neighborhood of the capital,  it has remained closed for the past 32 years until reopening  on April 09, 2012. In its heyday, the Howard Theater featured vaudeville, live theater, musicals and local talents shows, bringing the newest and biggest names of the era in black entertainment. Some of the most celebrated entertainers who performed there include Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.

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    Recently signed to Atlantic Records, Lauriana Mae is one of 2012's artists to watch! She is so cute and talented that we've developed a massive crush on her.

    Sample her new EP Love Mae here.

    Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James, singer/songwriter, Mae melds soulful jazz vocals with contemporary pop, R&B and hip-hop music. She is at once a throwback and modern, with her fingerprint distinct voice. It's going to get hot under the spotlights for Mae soon. We're grooving on "Money Mae" and the sweet 'n' sexy "Love."

    The debut EP entitled Love Mae is available exclusively to fans via her website. The EP will then be available via all DSP's Dec. 6.

    Mae collaborated with producer Kwamè (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige) on the three-song EP, which features lyrics and melodies penned by the singer herself. It kicks off with her anthem "Money Mae"- the singer’s moniker, a shiny, horn-laden throwback banger that captures flapper-era bliss. Also included is the melancholic ballad "Love," a reflective conversation between Mae and the emotion itself, and the punchy, percussive track "Like a Drum (Beat It.)"

    Lauriana began singing at home inspired by her mom who spotted her talent at an early age. She joined the church choir, which gave her the confidence to audition for a performing arts high school where she was accepted at a young age, and majored in vocal music. Eventually, Lauriana began performing at local talent shows, auditioning for various gigs, and working with different groups. The experience gave her the confidence needed to enter the studio to record songs of her own, and to establish herself as a solo artist. With her backing band "The Pains," comprised of a band of friends that stood by her along the way, Lauriana is gearing up to break the mold of popular music. She is reinventing the essence of great soul music from the past and present and bringing it to fans in a way that is distinctly Mae.



    Did you check out the Love Mae EP?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    12.01.11



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