LAURENCE ELDER

LAURENCE ELDER

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Singer/songwriter/pianist Laurence Elder defies genres with his fresh, original blend of jazz, rock and pop, and has won over fans and music critics across the globe. Already a signed artist in Europe and Japan, his debut album ”Surrounded” features Grammy winners Paquito D’Rivera and Peter Erskine

Biography

"With the integration of voice, words and possibly the hippest harmony to be featured in a so-called "commercial" album in a long time (reminding me of what I used to LOVE about pop music), Laurence Elder emerges as a force, not just a piano player."
This quote from Grammy-nominated Kenny Werner, who wrote the liner notes for "Surrounded," demonstrates well the impact that Laurence Elder's debut album is having on its listeners.

This critically acclaimed album was recently released in Europe on ESC Records, and is scheduled for its Japan release with P-Vine Records. It features a world class line up of personnel, including multiple Grammy winner Paquito D'Rivera and drumming legend Peter Erskine. It was also recently chosen to be in the April 2006 issue of JAZZIZ Magazine and the accompanying "JAZZIZ on disc" CD sampler, as well as receiving a four-star review in the September 2005 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Laurence was recently featured in the arts and entertainment section of The Miami Herald, and has swiftly established a strong musical presence in the wake of his sold-out CD release concert at the Van Dyke Cafe, in Miami Beach. His fresh, inspired blend of jazz, pop, blues and rock, along with his "triple threat" talents as a singer-songwriter-pianist, truly set his music apart as a vital new original sound.

Recent performances include the Van Dyke Cafe, JAZZIZ Bistro, and the brand new Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, as well as The Deering Estate, where over 2000 fans attended his Valentine's Day Concert. He also opened a concert at the Carefree Theatre for Al Dimeola, who has Laurence on his short list of favorite musicians.

Laurence’s foundation as a seasoned jazz pianist has served him well as he has evolved into a singer-songwriter, and can be traced back to his New York City roots, where by his early teens he was sitting in at local blues clubs. His interest in music grew steadily, and he enrolled in Shenandoah Conservatory at age 21, earning his undergraduate degree in Jazz studies. During this time he became a fixture on the Washington DC jazz scene - a well known bandleader and coveted sideman - before eventually moving south to pursue his Masters degree in jazz piano from the University of Miami's prestigious performing arts program.

Since completing his Masters at UM, Laurence has devoted his musical energy to his current project, where he teams up on the album "Surrounded," with drummer and co-producer Carlomagno Araya (Ruben Blades, Nestor Torres), and utilizes his own gifts as a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and producer. His band consists of some of the industry's most sought after musicians, whose collective performing credits include Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Ruben Blades, Chayenne, Juan Luis Guerra, and Nestor Torres, among many others.

Lyrics

Surrounded By You

Written By: Laurence Elder

They say I lost a few lifetimes, baby
They say I lost the good thing I found
Shadows falling on the light want to take me
A shadow falling wants to take me down

And the last time I passed you by
I didn’t care enough to use my eyes
Hope that I have another chance
Cause this is serious business

And I’m more than all I’m facing love, but I’m kind of shy
Hoping that I’ll wake to find that it’s true
And when the moment comes I’ll let you know that I’ll never die
Cause all my life I’ve been surrounded by
Surrounded by you

All I wanted was a glimpse of the daylight
And all I wanted was a dance in the sound
And the moment you say you’re gonna take my world away
I’ve got a better plan, I’m gonna hang around

And the last time I passed you by
I didn’t care enough to use my eyes
Hope that I have another chance
Cause this is serious business

And I’m more than all I’m facing love, but I’m kind of shy
Hoping that I’ll wake to find that it’s true
And when the moment comes I’ll let you know that I’ll never die
Cause all my life I’ve been surrounded by
Surrounded by you

And the last time I passed you by
I didn’t care enough to use my eyes
Glad that I have a second chance
Cause this is serious business

And I’m more than all I’m facing love, but I’m kind of shy
Hoping that I’ll take some time when it’s through
And when the morning comes I’ll let you know that I’ll never die
Cause all my life I’ve been surrounded by
Surrounded by you

So Easy

Written By: Laurence Elder

Where have you been, I’ve been wondering if you’re listening
What would you say, if I said to you, you might slip away
Cause it’s so easy

What did you trade for the fantasy that you had it made
Why can’t you see, you’re a prisoner of your vanity
Cause its so easy, to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

Don’t look away, you’ve been settling for another day
All that you do, I might promise you, it will follow you

Don’t waste a day, take another chance, cause there’s another way
Where will you be if you sacrifice your serenity
Cause its so easy, to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

And all along, I knew that there was something
Happiness or welcome to the game
And all along, I knew that there was something
Your happiness or welcome to the game
Hey now, easy to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

And all along, I knew that there was something
Happiness or welcome to the game
And all along, I knew that there was something
Your happiness or welcome to the game
Hey now, easy to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

The Ocean

Written By: Laurence Elder

What a gift to see you here
Reawakening a love that’s burning
The light is on, the way is clear
I’m looking for a sign and I’m not turning

What a time in history
What a chance we have to be the light
There’s nothing random that you see
We’ve got work to do, let’s do it right

And I just want to go down saying that I did enjoy the ride

Can you hear the falling rain
Wish they could appreciate those tears for you
Missing this could be a shame
There’s really so much more that we have here to do

And I just want to go down saying that I did enjoy the ride

And I know you’ll come and lift me up when it’s time
And I’ll sing to all those birds and trees that I find
And I’m told of what a shame to be left behind

Can you hear the ocean roar
You know you’ve been up here before, its home to you
You can be both here and there
Just take the love and put it where it’s shown to you

And I just want to go down saying that I did enjoy the ride

And I know you’ll come and take me home when it’s time
And I’ll wave to all those birds and trees that I find
And I’m told of what a shame to be left behind

Can you hear the ocean, baby?

Mind Has a Mind

Written By: Laurence Elder

You tell me that life’s not so simple
You tell me that I’m not ok
Lost in the past and the future
You’ve always got something to say
But I’m ready, rock steady
Next time you come out to play

You whisper in my ear so sweetly
Throwing every temptation my way
I know I can’t trust you completely
I can’t rely on a word you say

Well I tried and I know it’s not pretty
Cause you just can’t get blood from a stone
And my life with you might be a pity
But without you, I feel so alone
Now I’m tired of me, and its plain to see
My mind has a mind of its own

I know I can’t take it much longer
I can’t seem to drive you away
Resistance, it just makes you stronger
Yeah, it looks like you’ll be here to stay

Well I tried and I know it’s not pretty
Cause you just can’t get blood from a stone
And my life with you might be a pity
But without you, I feel so alone
Now I’m tired of me, and its plain to see
My mind has a mind of its own

Well I tried and I know it’s not pretty
Cause you just can’t get blood from a stone
And my life with you might be a pity
But without you, I feel so alone
Now I’m tired of me, and its plain to see
My mind has a mind of its own

What am I gonna do
What am I gonna do with you
There must be some way, to get out of my way
And keep you at bay, I’m done for today
Can somebody help me
Can somebody help me, won’t you help me?

Hello My Friend

Written By: Laurence Elder

Hello my friend isn’t this something
I’m hoping you’re up for a ride
I’m hanging around just waiting for high tide

Hello my friend I heard you’re looking
Looking around for me
It’s looking like you’re the only friend I see

And I hope I find my tears for you,
And I’ll find out, I always do
And you opened up my clear blue eyes,
but the sun got in the way

Hello my friend can I taste your sunshine, live in your light for a day
You think that I’d know things won’t turn out my way
You feel like a breeze from the longest summer
I remember your kiss in the shade
I’m ready to go tear down the walls I made

And I hope I find my tears for you,
And I’ll find out, I always do
And you opened up my clear blue eyes,
but the sun got in the way

And I’m all tired out, on a cold dark day
And you’ll all find out that I’m not what I say
And you told me I’d heal, and I stood at the gate
And I’m starting to feel I’m too late

And I hope I find my tears for you,
And I’ll find out, I always do
And you opened up my clear blue eyes,
but the sun got in the way

Hello my friend I think I love you, loved you a long time
I don’t have the nerve to finally call you mine

So Easy

Written By: Laurence Elder

So Easy

Written by: Laurence Elder

Where have you been, I've been wondering if you're listening
What would you say, if I said to you, you might slip away
Cause it's so easy

What did you trade for the fantasy that you had it made
Why can't you see, you're a prisoner of your vanity
Cause its so easy, to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

Don't look away, you've been settling for another day
All that you do, I might promise you, it will follow you

Don't waste a day, take another chance, cause there's another way
Where will you be if you sacrifice your serenity
Cause it's so easy, it's so easy, to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

And all along, I knew that there was something
Happiness or welcome to the game
And all along, I knew that there was something
Your happiness or welcome to the game
Hey now, easy to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

And all along, I knew that there was something
Happiness or welcome to the game
And all along, I knew that there was something
Your happiness or welcome to the game
Hey now, easy to get yourself so wrapped up in the game

Discography

Laurence Elder's Debut Album "Surrounded"

Tracks that have had airplay are:
"Surrounded By You"
"So Easy"
"The Ocean"
"Wonder"
"Manhattan"

Set List

The Laurence Elder concert consists of mostly original music, with a few hip. tasteful covers mixed in. Length of sets is adjustable depending on the venue.

SURROUNDED BY YOU - Laurence Elder
MANHATTAN - Laurence Elder
THE OCEAN - Laurence Elder
GOING HOME - Laurence Elder
WRONG - Laurence Elder
THE FALL - Laurence Elder
SO EASY - Laurence Elder
SING MY NAME - Laurence Elder
MIND HAS A MIND - Laurence Elder
WONDER - Laurence Elder
THE OTHER SIDE - Laurence Elder
WALK ANOTHER MILE - Laurence Elder
HEAVY CLOUD NO RAIN - Sting
FIELDS OF GOLD - Sting
ON BROADWAY - George Benson
ROCKET MAN - Elton John
ROUTE 66 - Bobby Troup