Fri, 12 January 2007
Artist - Laura Stevenson
Track 1 - Down
Following a two-year period of playing venues around Belfast, local singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson is finally receiving recognition in NI's music scene. Fans include Radio Ulster's Gerry Anderson, who has recently been giving 'Just Beyond My Reach' (from the 2004 EP 'Down') frequent airplay.
At the centre of the music is her voice - fragile, ethereal, haunting - providing an apt vehicle for songs which betray a rare kind of honesty. Stevenson doesn't shy away from wearing her heart on her sleeve in her songwriting, something fans tell her they appreciate. The songs are carefully framed with her trademark cascading piano lines.
Influences include Sarah McLachlan, Juliet Turner, Patty Griffin and Sheryl Crow, but comparisons reveal little about Stevenson's unique direction. Live sets include interpretations of songs by artists she admires: Radiohead, Iain Archer, Chris Isaak and Bill Mallonee, amongst others.
Currently sought after as a vocalist and songwriter, Laura Stevenson is continuing to play local venues to an ever-widening fan base. A five-track EP is due for release this summer.
Inhabiting the space where catharsis meets redemption, this is music to break your heart.... or maybe to heal it.
(Biog. courtesy of Richard Mitchell)