Since surfacing with her remarkable debut, Unspoken, back in 2007, Laurie Levine has meticulously crafted a career that has turned her into a singer-songwriter of real substance.
Over seven records and countless live performances, the South African-based artist has taken her original material to a growing fan base, earning multiple accolades along the way. Among these were four nominations at the annual South African Music Awards (SAMA), the most recent being for ‘Tigerlily’- her duo project with singer songwriter Josie Field. Over the last few years her performances at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival led to two Standard Bank Ovation Awards. Her music has also received some recognition abroad- the UK release of ‘Six Winters‘ led to two successful UK tours in 2012 and 2014 and rave reviews internationally (No Depression gave it 10/10 and Uncut gave it 8/10).
Laurie Levine is best known for her fresh blend of Americana and folk music. The release of her new solo record, ‘Canyons’, brings with it a whole new sound and outlook. She has moved away from the acoustic terrain of country and folk into a lush world of electric guitars, beats, synths and spacious reverbs.
‘Canyons’ delves deep into the recesses of longing and nostalgia, with a burning hope as the undercurrent that gently washes through the record. Dark at times, introspective and pierced with a sublime beauty, the songs reverberate and shimmer with otherworldly elegance and intelligence. While some songs are intoxicating with ominous lyrics and black staccato beats, others glow with optimism and a rich lyricism that is bought home by the intimacy of Levine’s vocal delivery.
Whether solo or with onstage collaborators, Levine has supported her releases with a slate of live performances that have cemented her standing as an artist of real power – and helped mark her out as a melodious, soulful singer capable of carrying emotion without any hint of histrionics.
These include performing at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and opening for Rodriguez in London. She has also played at a number of Africa’s premier music events and festivals, including Oppikoppi, the Joy of Jazz Festival, the FORR festival in Mozambique, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Mieliepop, Splashy Fen and the Lush Clarens. Levine was selected as the opening performer for international singer-songwriter Joe Jackson during his South African tour in 2008.
Laurie Levine is a prolific songwriter with a soulful voice that breathes life into her songs and embodies the emotional core of her lyrics. Her songs touch our unspoken corners and her sounds are a contemporary interpretation of true folk.
- Two South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations and 2012 SAMA winner for best producer for Dan Roberts
- Toured the UK November – December 2012 after signing with UK based Bob Paterson Agency (BPA) to rave reviews in Uncut, the Observer and other publications, with headline and key support slots.
- Second album “Living Room” in the top 10 albums of 2009 in The Sunday Times
- Won two Standard Bank Silver Ovation awards in 2011 & 2014 respectively for her performances at South Africa’s biggest festival- the Grahamstown Arts festival
- Support act for Rodriguez, Kim Richey, Joe Jackson, Martin Stephenson
- Performed at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and CBGB’s in New York
- Has performed at South Africa’s leading festivals – Oppikoppi, The Joy of Jazz Festival, Splashy Fen, The Old Mutual Emmarentia Concert Series, The Cape Town Folk N Acoustic Music Festival, Splashy Fen, Mieliepop, Lush, The White Mountain Folk Festival, FORR and many more.
- Her single, ‘Tonight’ was placed in the Defy TV ad campaign– 2011-2012, South Africa
- Her song, ‘Every little thing’ was placed in the Eskom TV ad (SA’s power supplier)
PRESS QUOTES & REVIEWS:
- “Superior Americana … remarkable for the quality of Levine’s writing, for her delivery … it all hangs together easily and with a touch of beauty” – UNCUT (UK)
- “Her songwriting insights and vocal delicacy will be warmly welcomed by those who like folk and country with an individual sparkle”. – Daily Mirror (UK)
- “Her Contemporary Folk sound draws on the American tradition and Bluegrass, with elements of Eastern European Gypsy ballads and French chanson. Her voice blends the sweetness of Katie Melua with the quirkiness of Joanna Newsome.” Mail and Guardian
- “Levine sings alternately with the seductive suppleness of a Norah Jones, the emotional devastation of a Duffy, the poetic conviction of a Regina Spektor and the doggedness of Fiona Apple. From the sixteenth second of the album – when Levine’s voice announces itself – you’re caught up in the tales and anecdotes of Laurie Levine. Ritalin for the soul.” MK online