Larissa Lam

Larissa Lam

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A soulful, energetic singer-songwriter with vocal chops like Joss Stone, Alicia Keys and the musical depth of Annie Lennox.

Biography

Nicknamed "The Singing CFO," Larissa Lam is a former record label executive turned full-time singer/songwriter who tours the U.S. and abroad with her unique style of "Soulful alternative pop."

Larissa's vocal strength has been compared to Joss Stone, her live energy to Tina Turner and her artistry to Annie Lennox. West Coast Performer Magazine says, Lam's style is hard to resist her voice soulfully spans the genres of jazz, blues, rock and pop."

Over the years, she has brought her musical energy to clubs like the Knitting Factory and to arenas like The Forum. Larissa’s well-known strong stage presence, expressive lyrics, and engaging personality enable her to connect with diverse audiences all over the world.

Larissa recently completed her third album,"Revolutionary," a collection of material showcasing her signature vocals and evocative songwriting. Numerous music industry insiders have been eager to work with Larissa and contribute to her growing success. This collaboration with producer/arranger Derek Nakamoto (Boyz II Men, Hiroshima) and mixing engineer Craig Burbidge (Brian McKnight, Kirk Franklin) includes a lineup of top musicians such as Michael Bland (Prince, Chaka Khan), Denny Fongheiser (Seal, Tracy Chapman), Annas Allaf (Jessica Simpson, Will Smith) and Bruce Watson (Christina Aguilera).

"Revolutionary" explores many universal themes, including the need for change, shifting priorities, and personal identity. The album includes songs such as the beautifully moody "Pendulum" and "Waiting for Desiree," a poignant portrait of a woman looking for faith and love. On the upbeat side, the memorable pop hooks of "Breathing More" and "Malleable" will get anyone swaying to the beat. Her personal lyrics give listeners a meaningful glimpse into her life perspectives and hold them captive with its inspired original melodies and arrangements.

Larissa explains, "Life is basically a series of relationships that bind us all together - with friends, family, God and even strangers."

In 2001, Larissa released her first solo album "On the Way Up," produced by Jarrett Michaels (Brandy, George Clinton) followed by a live album "Thankful to be Live" produced by Tim Schoenals (Kendall Payne).

Growing up in Diamond Bar, CA, Larissa's relationship with music began at age five when she was classically trained on piano. By age 13, she had written her first song. Soon after, Larissa was singing at local community events and placing in singing competitions. At UCLA, Lam majored in business economics and worked for companies like Polygram and Columbia Records (for American Idol's Randy Jackson) and Schnee Studios (a recording stop for artists such as Natalie Cole, Steven Curtis Chapman.)

After graduation, she became the Chief Financial Officer for independent label NSOUL Records. One day, a gospel/dance group at the label, Nitro Praise, was about to go on tour and was missing a singer. Larissa stepped in to fill the spot and never looked back. As a member of Nitro Praise, she recorded on three albums and toured nationally for three years. Currently, the Nitro Praise series, the brainchild of veteran DJ and remixer Scott Blackwell, has sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide.

Discography

2005 Revolutionary
2003 Thankful to be Live
2001 On the Way Up

Set List

Full concert time: 75 minutes
Festival set: 40-45 min.
Showcase or opening set: 20-30 min.

Messenger
If I Fall
Malleable
Pendulum
I'm Not
Revolutionary
Miss Everything
Breathing More
Clothe Me