Laura Tate

Just released, Laura's fourth album, "Let's Just Be Real," awarded #5 Best Blues Album of 2017 by Vivascene. Here are some of her thoughts on the new album.

"Poets have written about romantic love for thousands of years, yet today’s songwriters still find a way to write music that makes you see love with new eyes. Love is fun – and funny. It’s surprising and sexy, tough and tender. This album looks at what I’d call the cycle of love – that dizzying fairground ride that takes us up and down and all around, from new love and passion to heartbreak and rebound.
 
I’ve ridden that big carnival wheel of love and I can identify with every song on this album. Let’s just be real for a moment: I bet you can relate to them, too.  -- Laura"

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Whether she is singing Broadway hits or ballads, pop favorites or original compositions, Laura Tate brings heart and soul to her performance and recordings. The versatile singer, actor, producer, and community advocate continues to mesmerize audiences in both intimate cafes and huge concert halls, reaching each listener with her smooth sultry torch singer voice and warm stage presence.
 

Coming Soon

New Album

Some listeners know that I took a break from music for a few years. Life intervened. Then, I asked myself, "What am I waiting for?" With more than a little help from friends from my past, I released three CDs in four years. Each was more fun than I could have ever imagined and this project has been no exception. All our recording sessions just reinforced the power of friendship and love.  

Poets have written about romantic love for thousands of years, yet today’s songwriters still find a way to write music that makes you see love with new eyes. Love is fun – and funny. It’s surprising and sexy, tough and tender. This album looks at what I’d call the cycle of love – that dizzying fairground ride that takes us up and down and all around, from new love and passion to heartbreak and rebound.  

I’ve ridden that big carnival wheel of love and I can identify with every song on this album. Let’s just be real for a moment: I bet you can relate to them, too.                                                                                                                                                -- Laura 
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Let's Just Be Real - Released May 1, 2017. This new album was recorded at Ultra Tone Recording Studio, and Jesi-Lu Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California. Three of the songs were written by the late Stephen Bruton. Other wonderful song writers featured are Terry Wilson, Doug MacLeod, Mel Harker and David Raven to name a few. The fabulous players on this album, who Laura can't thank enough for their talent, include:

  • Terry Wilson: Bass Guitar, all tracks
  • Teresa James: Back-up vocals
  • Billy Watts: Guitars, all tracks
  • Jeff Paris: Piano, B3
  • Tony Braunagel: Drums, all tracks
  • Lee Thornberg: Brass
  • Paulie Cerra: Saxophones
  • Leslie Smith: Percussion

Let's Just Be Real

Laura Tate - Singer, Actress

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  1. 1 Nobody Gets Hurt 04:36
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  2. 2 If That Ain't Love 04:32
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  3. 3 Hitting On Nothing 02:36
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  4. 4 Can't Say No 05:09
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  5. 5 Boys Are Back In Town 04:25
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  6. 6 Still Got The Blues 04:27
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  7. 7 I'll Find Someone Who Will 04:42
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  8. 8 Let's Just Be Real 03:38
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  9. 9 I Know You Lie 03:21
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  10. 10 I Need A Man 04:35
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  11. 11 Big Top Hat 04:09
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  12. 12 Wildest Dreams 04:12
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LaMusicCritic@gmail.com    May 3, 2017
Laura Tate - Let's Just Be Real - 811 Gold Records

While the blues are usually a dark form of music, Laura Tate’s music is anything but.  While the undertone is definitely the blues, it is married with an upbeat jazz tone and soaring vocals, accompanied by brilliantly hopeful lyrics about love, and guitar riffs that chase away the shadows, ushering in a new day.   The horns also complement that process, creating a new form of the blues that encourage hope and lift the listener’s spirits.  Every song has that special dynamic, making this an album that you will want to listen to from start to finish, over and over again.  Favorite cuts include “If That Ain’t Love,” “Can’t say No,” “Still got the Blues,” “I’ll Find Someone who Will,” “I Know you Lied,” and the nostalgic “Big top Hat.”  We also love her truly original cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town.”  The final track, “Wildest Dreams,” provides the perfect cherry on top of a treat of an album.

Recommendation Let’s Just be Real is scheduled for release on May 16, and we strongly encourage you to Get it.  It believe it will be one of the best releases of this year, and a worthy addition to your musical collection.

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