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Laura Vecchione: Vocalist, Private Voice Teacher, Songwriting Coach, Music Educator, Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music.
Rich, lush, and full of emotion, singer and songwriter Laura Vecchione’s voice is a force of nature. Having been compared to artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton, Gladys Knight, and Koko Taylor, Vecchione’s voice evokes wide rivers of the south that seem far from her origins in New York and Boston. Her songwriting skill proves equally diverse.
She pens “Penelope,” a poetic homage to the Odyssey from the woman’s perspective, as seamlessly as she crafts her Muscle Shoals inspired “Keep Knockin’.” What sets Laura Vecchione apart as an artist though, is depth and maturity. She is a singer who can look you in the eye with compassion and playfulness, connect you with the heartbreak of humanity, make you leap at her message of hope, and clap along with her celebration of resilience.
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On the release of Vecchione’s 2007 debut album, Deeper Waters, The Boston Globe proudly proclaimed, “This bluesy songstress…is all ours.” Girl in the Band, Vecchione’s triumphant sequel album, also boasted an all-star cast of seasoned Nashville musicians including George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) and a roster who backed artists like Dolly Parton and Lyle Lovett. It was mixed in LA by multi-Grammy-Award winner Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco). Maverick Magazine, UK raved, “This album establishes Laura Vecchione as one of the most powerful talents to come from America.” Both albums garnered critical acclaim, rose to prominence on the Americana Music Association’s radio chart, and received national television placements.
In October of 2008, inspired by the historical US election and the words of Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, Vecchione wrote and released “Tell Them About the Dream.” Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) then a 21-year-old Juliard student from New Olreans, arranged and played on the song and is featured in the video. The single gained special mention on Dream On, a compilation CD honoring the Dream of MLK, Jr.
After an eight year recording hiatus, (with the exception of “Apple From the Tree” written for an independent film and released on SoundCloud) during which she performed locally, nurtured young talent, and built a thriving private teaching studio, Vecchione returned to Nashville. She recorded a completely-fan-funded third Studio album, Love Lead. This release revealed an artist who had matured and embraced her power. With the release of Love Lead, Grammy nominated co-producer and engineer, Doug Wayne beamed, “Laura is finally allowing herself to be the vocal diva that she is! She is world-class singer that people need to hear.”
Born in New York City, and raised in Connecticut, Laura Vecchione’s classical and Broadway voice training began at age fifteen. As an American Studies major at Barnard College, she soon found herself in the warm embrace of the Columbia/Barnard Gospel Choir while studying Jazz Voice at Manhattan School of Music and Classical Lessons through Julliard. After earning her M. Ed. from New York University and teaching First Grade, Laura relocated to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. She later studied guitar with local maestros John Curtis (Patty Griffin, Jon Pousset-Dart Band) and Ksenia Mack (Porch Party Mamma’s). She began writing and performing original material. Vecchione has toured the country and opened for major label artists in support of her music.
Behind her powerful voice is also a humanitarian. Vecchione has produced, played, and curated concerts in support of causes and non-profits including Family Promise Metrowest, The Children’s Room, Sister District MA/RI, and MEDA.
Laura lives in Massachusetts, has a busy private music teaching studio, and in addition to singing and performing, is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music.