Laurin Talese

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Background information
Born (1982-08-23) August 23, 1982 (age 40)
OriginCleveland, Ohio, US
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Traditional Pop
  • Soul
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • Recording Artist
  • Vocalist
Websitehttps://www.laurintalese.com/

Laurin Talese (born August 23, 1982) is an American vocalist, recording artist, and composer[1]. She has performed and recorded with musicians such as Adam Blackstone, Christian McBride|Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, and Patti LaBelle.[2]

Early Life

Laurin Talese was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. At 14, Laurin received a scholarship to study classical voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of A. Grace Lee Mims. Later, "Rigorous training at the Cleveland School of the Arts in grades 5 through 12 convinced Talese that she had to become a singer. So she left her native Cleveland for the University of the Arts (Philadelphia)|University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, where she majored in vocal performance and graduated in 2004."[3][4]

Music Career

Laurin has named Oscar Peterson, Nelson Riddle, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson (jazz singer) as some of her influences.

"I walk around this city listening to Henry Mancini’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ soundtrack. I walk around listening to Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle’s record,” [5]

Her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos[6], was released in 2016 and charted at 14 on Billboard. [7]

In 2018, Laurin won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal competition.[8] The following year she made her debut at the world renowned Newport Jazz Festival.[9]

In 2019, Laurin Talese represented the United States as a cultural ambassador with American Music Abroad - an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

In 2020, Laurin was awarded the New Jazz Works grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.[10]

Discography

  • Gorgeous Chaos (2016)

In the media

  

References

  1. "The ASCAP Foundation "Songwriters: The Next Generation" Showcases ASCAP Artists at The Kennedy Center". www.ascap.com. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  2. "August 23rd: Patti LaBelle, Gregory Porter & Laurin Talese". The Dell Music Center. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  3. "Laurin Talese". University Of The Arts.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Reich, Howard. "A splendid new voice blossoms in Philly". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  5. Owens, Cassie (December 27, 2018). "Philly jazz vocalist Laurin Talese steps into the spotlight". The Philadelphia Inquirer.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ""Gorgeous Chaos" by Laurin Talese". www.newswire.com. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  7. "Laurin Talese". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  8. "Laurin Talese Wins Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition". downbeat.com. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  9. mrabrams (2019-07-31). "WhatsUp Interview: Laurin Talese, Playing Newport Jazz Saturday". What's Up Newp. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  10. "CMA Awards More Than $1.2 Million in Grants to the Small Ensemble Music Field | Chamber Music America". www.chamber-music.org. Retrieved 2021-03-29.

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