Amy LaCour

Amy LaCour

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandR&BSoul

It's not quite soul, or jazz, or folk, it's a delicious combination of all three.

Biography

Amy LaCour is a contemporary musician with classic influences. Her music is rooted in soul and singer/songwriter traditions while drawing loosely from jazz, folk and blues.

Since 2007, Amy has released two CDs under own label, Voice Recordings. The first, Bitter Suite, featured a stellar line-up of backing musicians including Curt Bisquera, Reggie Hamilton, Randy Jacobs, James Harrah, and Debra Dobkin. The set was richly textured, moody, and highlighted the jazz influence in Amy’s singing and songwriting. Urban Network described the sound as “a thinking man’s cross between Norah Jones and Bill Withers. Rooted,” and named the lead single, “One Man’s Stone,” one of the best songs of 2008.

The follow up, 2010’s The Upswing, was a big departure in sound. Her second release illustrated more of Amy’s pop music influences, and featured spare arrangements and colorful vocal harmonies. “Making The Upswing was a tremendous learning process for me,” Amy explains. “I was incredibly proud of the results, but knew that I still had so much more growing to do as a musician.”

So rather than touring in support of the release, Amy chose instead to attend a local music school in order to deepen her knowledge of theory and technique. After nearly a year of study, Amy discovered a renewed sense of focus and a deeper connection to the American traditions of blues and soul. “The past year has brought mentors and new friends into my life who have helped me grow as a singer and as a performer,” says Amy. “I will be forever grateful.”

That year has culminated in a live recording, videotaped for fans. Supported by a band of new friends and mentors, Amy has recorded a set of both original and cover songs that highlight her soulful voice and her creative arrangements. Titled, The Sonora Sessions (for the studio in which she recorded), Amy will be releasing one new video per month through much of the spring and summer. She hopes to turn the sessions into a CD by the year’s end. Fans can follow Amy’s tumblr page for monthly video posts and weekly insights into each song. The sessions begin on Thursday, April 19th and will continue through August. A new video will be posted on the third Thursday of each month. “This project – from start to finish – was a joy to produce,” says Amy. “There are so many resources available to artists now. The power is in our hands and the possibilities are endless.”

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“Her husky, soulful vocals, as full-bodied as a fine wine, ache with a heartbreak fusion of fortitude and vulnerability, bringing to mind other great singers to whose league she belongs.” Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine

Lyrics

One Man's Stone

Written By: Amy LaCour

One man’s stone is another man’s pearl
I wish you’d get over that girl
I see her set you heart a-whirl
Well I guess one man’s stone is another man’s pearl

Because over and over and over again
You’ll go back for more
Honey, you cannot pretend
You don’t know what’s in store for your heart

She leads you ‘round here by a string
That everyone but you must see
Something in you must be satisfied
Have you got no shame have you got no pride?

Because over and over and over again
You’ll go back for more
Honey, you cannot pretend
You don’t know what’s in store for your heart

They say you can’t keep a good man down too long
So, honey don’t you go and prove them wrong

I love you just like you were blood
And that’s powerful kind of love
And I want for you the finest in the world
But I guess one man’s stone is another man’s pearl

Because over and over and over again
You’ll go back for more
Honey, you cannot pretend
You don’t know what’s in store for your heart

I guess one man’s stone is another man’s pearl

Same World

Written By: Amy LaCour

I’m a little in love
A little bit crazy
A little bit losing my mind
All over you
And the years that have led me
Past others and here to your side

It’s the same word
But far, far more kind

There’s a new dance to learn
You’ve given me a new rhythm
So I’m unsure of all but my smile
For with you it comes to me
More often, but slowly
And others remark of its shine

It’s the same world
But far, far more kind

Well I never saw it coming
Until you were at my doorstep
With your arms wide open
Your heart pure
You only wanted my love
And what else is life for?

I woke up this morning
With you here beside me
And the room it was filled with sunshine
I woke up this morning
With you here beside me
Only to find

It’s the same world
But far, far more kind

Radio Static

Written By: Amy LaCour

Lover, let me hear your voice tonight
Oh, just a whisper to drown out the stress and bring light
Radio static is all that I get out here
It’s cold and it’s lonely
My mind’s getting caught up in fear
That it’s my last night
Your voice is all I want to hear

Lover, let me tell you just how cruel silence can be
Lets your thoughts take over
Leads you down some dark, winding streets
I’ve driven for miles, searching for some sort of relief
Now I’m so tired
Can’t tell a dream from a memory
Say it will be alright
Your voice is all I need

Something has been missing
Your love, it was the only thing
But that alone can’t save me
I would only wear you down with my needing
So I’m looking for some answers
Waiting for vision, for peace
But all I’ve got is my mind and the pounding of my heartbeat

Say it will be alright
Your voice is all I need

Lover, let me hear your voice tonight
Oh, just a whisper to drown out the stress and bring light
Radio static is all that I get out here
It’s cold and it’s lonely
My mind’s getting caught up in fear
That it’s my last night
Your voice is all I want to hear

Discography

The Bitter Suite EP c 2007

Produced and Recorded by Richard Barron at Sonora Recorders, Atwater Village, CA

1. Bittersweet
2. One Man's Stone
3. I'm The One
4. Fool's Road
5. Fall

The Upswing c 2010

Produced and Recorded by David Bowick

1. Same World
2. 'Till Now
3. The Woman in Your Life
4. In the Wind
5. Twilight
6. Gypsy Woman
7. The Right One
8. More Than Anything

Set List

One to two 45 minute sets of original songs paired with folk, soul and jazz covers.