R&B Motor City Soul Experience

Fri. Jun 3, 2022 at 8:00pm MDT
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R&B Motor City Soul Experience



The last two years has been quite a flurry of activity for songwriting team Laura Rain and George Friend. Their smashing Motor City soul band Laura Rain and the Caesars released a non-stop carousel of singles, signed a UK record deal, collaborated on a successful sample collection, took home three Detroit Music Awards, and recorded their fifth full length album "Rise Again", to be released April 8, 2022.

The pair navigated the pandemic working from home non-stop; writing, recording, and collaborating with other artists and producers. Landing a vinyl record deal with LRK Records, and a sample placement with producer Jermaine Dupri's artist, LaTheGoat on "You Wouldn't Believe Me", proved to the songwriters they were getting somewhere.

"Rise Again" is a showcase of their recent inspiration. Channeling the spirit of her native Detroit, Laura Rain delivers her music with a fearless sense of emotion and range, offering up a signature blend of contemporary soul and vintage r&b. From the stomping Motown flavored northern soul opener "I Am" to the synth driven retro dance music of "I'm Yours", Rain uses the power and

finesse of her own voice to deliver the group's unique blend.

The title track "Rise Again" is a focal point for the production, resulting from a collaboration with Seattle based beat maker/producer UNKWN. "We were fortunate to meet, and write a bunch of material together" says Friend of "Garnet", a sample collection which was released early 2021. The track is composed around a sample from the release, and arranged with the addition of the live band in the recording. Rain sings a message of triumph and hope, climaxing with an inspirational note of unity and equality. "The world is clearly out of sorts with itself" says Rain, "the song embodies an idea of what I wish us all to feel as humans, and to know we're not alone...we're all here together to comfort and take care of each other, and to lift each other up".

From the heartfelt and romantic slow jam grooves of "Take My Hand" and "Bring
it on Back", to the hard-driving southern soul strut of "Diamond in the Rough", Rain sings with pure passion, with an effortless command of melody and dynamics. "I Can Fly" and "Runnin' in Circles" demonstrate her melismatic vocal mastery over old school r&b backbeats. The music is diverse, and the group demonstrates a versatility few can ignore.

Producer and songwriter George Friend says "Since our very first album, we've always stayed true to ourselves and remained authentic. We mix genres in interesting ways, and have performed our mix of soul, blues, retro r&b/dance music from the start...there's a lot of variation in style. We try not to worry about the categories imposed on our music...it's all very natural to us ". Laura adds "We don't imitate, we originate. When we're live, I really want to keep our audience engaged and excited. It's tougher to do that in the studio, but we've written our music with the live show in mind".

"Rise Again" is slated for release April 8th, 2022 on LRK RECORDS on LP, CD, and digital. PRESS INQUIRIES/INTERVIEWS AND PLAYLIST/REPORTS: CONTACT lrcentertainmentlc@gmail.com

Laura Rain and The Caesars

Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and r&b into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.

Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. The two garnered many accolades within the music press and radio with their debut release “Electrified” in 2013. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums the band developed it’s signature sound, and cultivated a vintage toned energetic foundation. The second release “Closer” (2014) expanded the sound exposing the bands’ love for Memphis soul, juke-joint blues and tough Detroit funk and r&b.

Starting in 2014, the band began touring heavily within the U.S. and Canada. Starting in Chicago with regular appearances at the House of Blues and Buddy Guy’s Legends, Laura Rain has stunned audiences with her intensity and powerful voice. Performing in over 25 states from California to New York, the band has delighted audiences with their dynamic performances. Featured at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival, the Legendary Blues Cruise and many other top tier clubs and festivals, Laura Rain and the Caesars continue to grow making new friends and fans along the way.

In October 2015, the release of the third album “Gold” broadened their audience considerably thanks to substantial Triple A airplay of the single “Work so Hard” (a pounding homage to Motown). “Gold” also propelled Laura Rain onto the national radio charts making the top 50 on Roots Music Report for numerous months, and holding at #1 in the state of Michigan for over a year! 2016 highlights also included a tour of France and winning a prestigious Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Songwriters.”

With the summer 2017 release of the fourth recording “Walk with Me”, Laura Rain pushes the envelope of her unique soul music. Channeling inspiration from Detroit’s long history of dance music, funk, blues, soul and r&b, Laura Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart.

Ghalia Volt

One Woman BandnReleased 2021 on Ruf RecordsnNever underestimate the power of a woman with her back to the wall. In March 2020, as Covid blew across the planet, the shutters came down on live venues and recordingstudios, and the music scenefellsuddenly silent,Ghalia Volt faced the same dilemma as every otherartist. What now?nThe answer was One Woman Band.nFor Volt, the rebirth as a solo performer wasn’t a decision made lightly. Since the early days, she’s been amusician who thrives on the buzz of the hook-up, surrounding herself with the best players and soaking uptheir vibe. Back in 2017, it was the Belgium-born songwriter’s taste forcollaboration that led her to New Orleans, for the meeting with local blues legends Mama’s Boys that became her smash-hit debut album, Let The Demons Out.nTwo years later, it was that samespirit that luredVolt to the fabledhill country of Coldwater, Mississippi, to hold her own at second-albumsessions with greats likeCody Dickinson, Cedric Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolmand Watermelon Slim.nWith the breakout success of 2019’s Mississippi Blend – a record that broke into the Top 3 of the Billboard Blues Chart on three separate occasions – it seemed the world was Volt’s for the taking,her seven-year transformation from Brussels busker to the adopted daughter of American rootsgathering pace. Now, with One Woman Band, the journey takes a thrilling left-turn. Ifher apprenticeship on the mean streets taught Volt anything, it’s thatshe alreadyhadeverything she needed to make magic – and in March, she reconnected with that one-woman philosophy. “I started playing on a real drum set,” she recalls.“Playing a kick, snare and hi-hat plus a tambourine with my two feet, while playing slide/guitar and singing at the same time.”n

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