Dubbed the “Hookmeister” by one California Bay Area recording engineer, Laurel’s knack for framing the tone of an album and creating infectious melodies has saved more than one client’s song from the chopping block.
Classically trained, though also possessing an exceptional ear, the ability to improvise on the spot, and a mature emotional sensitivity, Laurel presents an attractive package for songwriters and bands looking to add string parts to an album. Every song is unique, and Laurel can easily read and perform parts already written, work to bring a client’s rough sketches to life, or create new string arrangements from scratch. Though chord charts and/or lead sheets may be helpful in these latter situations, they are also not necessary. Laurel can easily hear and interpret chord changes and is quick to memorize lines and progressions. Recording engineers appreciate her ability to consistently play well in tune, to both follow a click track or intuit rubato of less strictly metered songs, and to capture dynamics and various tone colors, complementing vocal lines and other instruments with carefully matched vibrato, articulation, and stylistic approaches. With a rich and expressive tone and an interpretive style that can both rock a solo or add backup texture or groove, she has performed on Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Latin, Gypsy, Jazz, and Cabaret style tracks. Sample songs from some of the albums she has recorded on can be heard on her site or by request.
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