At just 17 years old, singer-songwriter Lauralie has already begun to define her sound. The artist draws inspiration from industry tycoons such as The Weeknd and Lana del Rey, but her sound is like no other. She walks the fine line between R&B and pop, infusing a subtle jazz-like undertone from time to time.
While Lauralie is currently a high school student majoring in musical theatre, her talent goes far beyond the classroom. She began singing at the age of 3 and gained confidence in her abilities through performing at Church services on Sundays.
Since then, her talent has shone plenty, including while singing the national anthem in sports stadiums and starring in musical productions such as Annie.
Music has always been an important part of her life. Instruments are as ubiquitous as chairs in her house. Everything from guitars and keyboards to mbira and hosho lines the floors and shelves of her family’s home, and the songs she creates are an extension of every part of her identity.
2020 was a year of true musical blossoming for the young artist. With a little more time on her hands and newfound inspiration, her role as an avid consumer of music turned into that of a masterful creator. The process was messy and emotional, but the result was exciting and rewarding. Lauralie’s first song Bully, which is ripe with emotion and powerful vocals, is only a taste of what’s to come.
Don’t let her sophisticated lyricism and complex sound engineering fool you though; she’s still a regular teenager. She enjoys TikTok, uses slang that only her generation understands, and plays Sims religiously. Even so, she gives 110% of herself to her musical craft. Lauralie is a standout talent in this next generation of young musicians who are reshaping the industry as we know it, and her journey is just beginning.