Praise for Deeper Waters, Girl in the Band, Tell Them About the Dream, Love Lead and Laura Vecchione:
Laura Vecchione reveals immense talent on Love Lead album
By Bill Copeland on November 25, 2016
“Laura Vecchione’s latest album Love Lead grabs hold of the listener’s ears from the first track and never lets go. On fire for 13 songs, this Boston-based singer rocks, struts, and sometimes lulls her listener into a special place in each track…
..Wow, what a voice…
Vecchione reaches a lot of musical heights with this Love Lead album. She rocks right out on some tracks and on others becomes a sultry R&B singer as well as a singer-songwriter with a beauteous voice that always hits her listener’s tender spot. Let’s see how many awards this album racks up in the next several months. ”
I’ll start with Boston’s Laura Vecchione’s latest disc Love Lead. Vecchione’s immense talents shine through from the first track to last. She does some singer-songwriter stuff. She belts out rockers. She sings bluesy and sultry on R&B material. Her voice is a force of nature, one fined tuned to please the ear at every twist and turn in her lyrical explorations.
–Bill Copeland Music News.
Welcome back, Laura Vecchione. Her new album, Love Lead,is her first in eight years but makes up for lost time. It’s a tasteful yet uncompromisingly honest view of love’s highs and lows, polished but real. Her voice has a theatrical flair (not surprising because she trained in theater), yet she also writes songs steeped in soul, country, melodic pop and Judy Collins-like art songs. Vecchione writes 10 of the 13 tracks here, often backed by Bonnie Raitt’s guitarist George Marinelli. They range from the passionate ballad “You’re the One” to the firmly self-reliant “Lone Wolf,” which suggest the R&B/jazz of Anita Baker. If you enjoy candid love songs with an adult flair, check this out.
–Steve Morse, instructor of Rock History for Berklee College of Music and former staff pop critic for the Boston Globe.
“Her voice is powerful and full of emotion.”
Laura Vecchione hails from New York, lives in Boston, and recorded her debut album in Nashville. Keep this quick bio handy to remind yourself that she’s not from Chicago, because Deeper Waters sounds a whole lot more South Side than Soho, Allston or Grand Ole Opry. This is a sassy mix of hard-driving R&B, soul, rock, power ballad, and genre-benders. When she covers The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” the only thing blaring louder than the saxophones is Vecchione’s brassy voice. The way she belts out the chorus to her own catchy “Fool’s Gold” would make Koko Taylor proud. Some records fan you like a cool breeze; this one scorches like the blast from a five-alarm fire.
—Rob Weir, Valley Advocate
Laura Vecchione was born in New York and lives in Boston, but you sure can’t tell that from her music. Her new album, Deeper Waters, was recorded in Nashville, and you’d swear from listening to it that she’s the love child of June Carter and Blake Shelton (after some fortunate accident with a time machine). Nevertheless, Vecchione is all ours…
–The Boston Globe
Laura’s voice is superb…It’s a heady mix of country-soul, with touches of Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. Recorded in Nashville with additional mixing in LA by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks) the songs cover the blues, folk-pop, R & B and some strong ballads with the title track standing out.
It takes a certain chutzpah to christen your debut CD “Deeper Waters”, but Laura Vecchione enjoys boldness…Vecchione (rhymes with “Becky Tony”) penned most of these tunes, save two terrific covers, serving up an auditory gumbo. The musicians clearly share the enthusiasm for the material, with a loose leash policy all over the record for slide guitars, gospel piano and even clarinet. When called for, though, both the production and Vecchione summon a wicked whisper of a delivery to aim right for the emotional center of a song…Thematically and musically, Vecchione cements the listener’s trust on this collection, all through the simple persuasion of her own multifaceted vocal instrument.
-Country Standard Time
This soul-splashed country-rock CD (is) a winner!
“…gutsy, soulful, edge-of-country style.”
– Maverick Magazine, UK
The first song (“Jane”) makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time…”
–George Knight, Boston DJ
Her songs are always solid, often exceptional (“Fool’s Gold,” “Breaking Heart in NYC,” the title track), but it’s her soulful singing that really makes these tracks soar. Check her funky cover of “Lady Madonna,” as she and the backing musicians take the Beatles to New Orleans and make them shake their Liverpudlian asses. If Natalie Maines ever leaves the Dixie Chicks, Laura Vecchione should be her replacement.
[Girl in the Band is] an exciting sequel offering some of THE best songs and vocals of the year from a female singer and songwriter who’s largely unknown this side of the water. This album establishes Laura Vecchione as one of the most powerful talents to come from America….
-Laura Bethel, Maverick Magazine, UK
WACBIZ was proud to be a part of the screening process of the Dream On! project with Maya Armstrong. Laura Vecchione was one of a few artists, out of hundreds of submissions, that immediately caught our attention (with)…The video and song “Tell Them About The Dream.”…We welcome Laura as one of our talented artists joining Sinead O’Connor to Joe Jackson and musicians from Bowie’s Band to Petty’s Band, we believe Laura is is every bit as talented!
Don’t mess with the Veck…if you do, she’ll write a killer song about you and sing the *@#% out of it.
–Jim Scott (Grammy Award winning producer/engineer)