Laurell Hubick

Laurell Hubick

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Laurell Hubick places herself in hybrid ground between jazz, pop and acoustic forms. Her latest album, “The Fool In Me”, is what postmillenial music should be: intelligent lyrics, gorgeous melodies, and a remarkable voice that carries everything from the melancholic to the exquisite.

Biography

It was a dim café on the North Shore, and a young girl was up on the tiny stage, spinning songs out for the crowd of hipsters and style kids that were filling the place on a sparkling Vancouver Friday night. At most of those café shows, the crowd’s more into their conversations and lattes and cheesecakes than the music, but that night the place was dead quiet, everyone just totally taken away by the girl up there with the gorgeous, fragile voice. The crowd that night knew that the girl on stage was something special, and now, five years later, Laurell’s music is still continuing to catch people’s breath in their throats.

Now 25, the B.C.-based singer-songwriter Laurell Hubick has become one of those rare artists who can draw from the mainstream, the sacred and the farther reaches of modern music to turn out work that’s bright and unique, full of unforced honesty and free of artifice. With the release of “The Fool In Me,” and a heap of accolades for “Into Your Love,” an album of original spirituals, Laurell is one of Canada’s brightest young talents, and the owner of one of its purest voices.

With formal training in Jazz Studies at North Vancouver’s Capilano College, Laurell has been honing her skills as a songwriter since the age of six when impromptu fireplace performances for her family made it clear she’d be going down the path of guitars and mics and the stage. Laurell’s credits include winning the North Vancouver Battle of the Bands as a solo act in 1998, being named the “Vancouver Idol,” and making the top 100 in the nation-wide singer search “Canadian Idol” in 2003. She’s received widespread media coverage on CTV, BCTV and VTV and in the Vancouver Sun, the North Shore News and the North Shore Outlook. Laurell’s talents have also earned her scholarships from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 she won Song of the Year at Canada’s gospel Vibe Awards.

On “The Fool In Me,” Laurell shows herself to be a stylish, gifted musician and stakes out her space in the line of accomplished Canadian women singer-songwriters, a tradition that goes back to Joni Mitchell, passes through Sarah Maclachlan and Sarah Harmer, and culminates in Laurell and her peers. Hers is music that you feel at home in; there are breezy, curious melodies that roll along like a summer day in the valley hills, and a voice that is gentle, shining, occasionally heartbreaking, and always possessing an understated complexity that speaks to her jazz roots. Her new album’s material is mostly autobiographical, without falling into the insipid self-importance that often affects lesser writers. “I think my story is pretty unique,” she says. “I think my songs have a quirkiness about them, a playfulness, but I think as well that I try to be wise beyond my years. I want to be a positive role model, but I don’t want to be preachy…I just want my stuff to inspire people.” As one critic has said, “she draws you into a unique place. She projects her reflection on life experience…and you can’t help but be drawn into that experience.” It’s music about pasts and loves and wishes and frailties, it’s captivating in its optimism, and Laurell has that rare talent of making you feel like you’re friends after the first listen. It’s downright pretty music, and it’s lifting, even when it breaks your heart. Culminating in the song “Cut Through,” an entreaty to someone higher to cut through the numbness that so often affects us, “The Fool In Me” is full of promise of great things to come.

“I want to earn the right to have my music heard,” says Laurell. She’s doing it the right way, building a career on honest writing and vibrant singing, and her hybrid, jazz-inflected pop has definitely earned the right to be heard. In years to come, it will be no surprise to see Laurell as a staple of the Canadian music scene.

Lyrics

Where Were You

Written By: Laurell Hubick

I’m lying down without a sound
staring at my ceiling
still in shock from our talk
about all your feelings
why just now? tell me how
could you have waited this long
to come around, see what you’ve found
in the girl who called you the one

but where were you when the time was right?
the stars were in my eyes
where were you? where were you?
and where were you? it was in the air.
all you had to do was care
where were you? where were you?

now here you are but I wish you saw
me for who I was back then
instead of saying that I should change
to become your perfect ten
the things I’d do just for you
I fell straight into your game
but now I’m gone, moving on
and I do not want to play again

cause where were you when the time was right?
your chance has passed you by
where were you? where were you?
and where were you? it was in the air
all you had to do was care
where were you? where were you?

and it’s funny after all this time
that suddenly you change your mind
now that I’m gone
but it’s not enough you might want more
cause I won’t settle for less than sure
so I’m done
yeah this is done
yeah this is done
yeah this is done
yeah this is done

cause where were you when the time was right?
your chance has passed you by
where were you? where were you?
and where were you? It was in the air
all you had to do was care
where were you? where were you?
when the time was right
your chance has passed you by
where were you? where were you?
where were you? It was in the air
all you had to do was care
where were you? where were you?

Popular Decision

Written By: Laurell Hubick

This cup of cocoa ain’t enough to see me through
You don’t really wanna know the answer to how do you do
I’ll pull my feet in so they don’t mark up your pretty dress
Heaven forbid I should distract you from your success
From your success

So keep your head up, set your eyes on something straight ahead
Pretend you didn’t hear the hopeless words that I’ve just said
Yeah walk on by, that seems to be the popular decision
But you know as well as I am sitting in your peripheral vision
Peripheral vision
Peripheral vision

Or tell me for the millionth time that this is my own choice
And I could almost laugh at all the ignorance in your voice
You think I chose this hand? You think I chose this harm?
You think I had anywhere else to turn but my own arms?
But my own arms
Feels good in my arms
I’ll escape in my arms

So you see
This cup of coffee ain’t enough to see me through
You don’t really wanna know the answer to how do you do
I’ll pull my feet up so they don’t mark up your pretty dress
Heaven forbid I should distract you from your success

A Dream

Written By: Laurell Hubick

I had a dream I was followed
By a restless love
It was you who I fled from
I was wary of
It felt so strange
Seeing you take a stand like a man

So I ran for my cover
To the edge of town
And to my dismay
You cam around
Oh whoa well what could I do
But bear the pain and see you again

It was love it was hate it was hell it was great
It was a time
But you cam then you went then you stayed and it sent me
Out of my mind
Is it safe to say we’ve had better days
Apart and in between
So can take the memory of you
And get out of my dream

The sun has broke the horizon
And the rooster crows
Freedom is waiting
Still I doze
Running from my dreams
Reality has lost sight of me

It was love it was hate it was hell it was great
It was a time
But you came then you went then you stayed and it sent me
Out of my mind
Is it safe to say we’ve had better days
Apart and in between
So you can take the memory of you
And get out of my dream
Out of my dream
Out of my dream

The sun has broke the horizon
And the rooster crows
Freedom is waiting
Still I doze
Running from my dreams
Reality has lost sight of me

Discography

Albums
1998 Nectar
2003 Into Your Love
2004 The Fool In Me

"Great I AM" has national radio play on Commercial Christian Radio Stations.

Set List

Set list is made up of all original pieces

2 - 45 Minute Sets