Mike and Laura Performance: July 27th 2014
About the SONGWRITERS:
Michael Laureanno, Providence, RI
Mike Laureanno is the real deal Americana: poignant themes, memorable refrains and unforgettable arrangements. Not your average singer/songwriter, his subjects cover a wide range of topics that include religion, politics, history and family. Mikes most striking effect is his ability to write melodies that remain with you long after the song is over.
Mike’s debut CD “Pushing Back Wintertime” released in November 2013 charted at #28 on the Folk DJ Radio Playlist, and the song “Summer’s Gone” charted # 7 for Top Songs played during November 2013.
Mike is also a recording engineer and veteran sideman. He produced and recorded his own album and played bass guitar for 12 years behind legendary New York City Fast Folk founder, Jack Hardy.
Laura Zucker, San Francisco, CA
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. She’s a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas and has received numerous accolades and awards from the organizations around the world.
Growing up in Highland Park, NJ, Laura was influenced by her family’s collection of essential folk music, contrasted with the rock sounds emanating from the radio. Her parents played Marais and Miranda, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Mozart, Bach … while she played James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Motown, the Beatles.
As she began crafting her own songs in high school, she drew from her own experiences as all songwriters do. While attending Rutgers University, she performed in coffeehouses, clubs and college pubs along the New York- Philadelphia corridor for much of the early 1980s.
She took a break to attend law school and practice law, but knowing she’d need something to fall back on, she kept her music skills honed.
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