Lauri Jo Chapman

Lauri Jo Chapman

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Lauri Jo Chapman is a passionate and dedicated songwriter. Her prolific nature is revealed in a vast catalogue of songs which possess a timeless quality. As an aspired singer songwriter, with a classic foundation, her music evokes sincerity. Lauri Jo’s gift to combine her honest emotion with imaginative musical freedom has been a blessing that keeps inspiring her to write songs. Her heartfelt and genuine abilities have allowed her to weave a diverse range of musical genres and styles.

Lauri Jos’ songwriting talent began developing while growing up on the East end of Long Island listening to top 40 radio. “I used to listen to my brothers old albums exposing me to the Beatles and classic rock, but it wasn’t long before I found my true fascination and love for singer songwriters. I owe my inspiration to my early idols: Carol King, Todd Rundgren, James Taylor and Burt Bacharach not to deny my admiration and respect to such piano greats as the local Billy Joel and Sir Elton John. Songs at the piano that was it, that was what I could totally relate to. Those songwriters really moved me and spoke my language."

At the age of five, Lauri Jo was drawn to the piano with an uncanny interest that her mother recognized, and that’s when she began her formal training. Her mother was a lyric soprano, exposing Laurijo to choir rehearsals and various music productions at an early age. Both her Mother and Fathers unending encouragement and support have marked an indelible impression that enabled her to exercise her ever growing, continued musical curiosity. In her early teens her Father bought her first recording devise to capture her original ideas. Ever since then Laurijo has embraced on an inspired journey to freely express herself, in a deeply personal and intimate relationship between she and her music.

Having moved to New York City in the early 90’s, Lauri Jo worked on a variety of musical projects including background vocal sessions and live background vocal appearances. (One of which, Debra Gibson) In her newfound love to perform, Laurijo formed her own band, A Girl Named Jo. She performed solo as well at various clubs throughout Long Island from Stephans Talkhouse to the New York Metropolitan area. Lauri Jo also toured as a solo act, nine cities in Germany for six months under the sponsorship of Marlboro, playing summer festivals and clubs. A young Producer named “Kraze” hired Laurijo to sing a remake of “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. and the Sunshine band, which topped the charts and aired on WKISS German radio. After her return from Germany, Laurijo spent six months recording new material and performing in Canada. Though many projects inspired new opportunities and survival gigs, Laurijo’s hand never diverted from the origin of songwriting, forever determined to combine homegrown rock with country, blues and R&B influences to create her original music.

Lauri Jo continues to write songs from her heart. She is currently in search of artists that can bring life to her catalogue of music. Perhaps with a certain synergy of similar experience or emotion to connect her lyrics from one heart to another.

Lyrics

Dont Let It Go

Written By: Lauri Jo Chapman

As I look back on all my yesterdays
I realize how plain it was to see
I was headed down a road
Headed down a road that leads to anywhere
But I was going nowhere
Yesterday that was yesterday

And I see you and me on a carousel
Playin’ the game that we know so well

But it’s not always what it seems
So find forever within your dreams
And don’t let it go
Just don’t let it go

I’ve been blinded by the passions in my soul
Baby I’ve been reaching out with my heart of gold
I’d rather take a chance, I’d rather take a chance
Living on the edge
Than to never dance
Never dance

And I see you and me on a carousel
Playin’ the game that we know so well

Repeat Chorus:

Yesterday is gone
But maybe tomorrow we can fly
And your dreams will be alive

In a courtyard playground and we’re spinnin’ round and round
On a merry-go-round

And I see you and me on a carousel
Playin’ the game that we know so well

Repeat Chorus:

I Wonder

Written By: Lauri Jo Chapman


“I Wonder”
Words & Music by Lauri Jo Chapman

I’d walk ten miles if I had to
Just to find my way
I’d tell you lies to protect you
From what people say

And I won’t lit nobody know
All the secrets as we go
As we go

And I wonder
If those promises we made will come and go
And I wonder
If I’ll ever have the chance to tell you so
It’s no wonder for the madness in this crazy world we live
And I wonder

It’s no surprise people they sometimes change
I’ll tell you why cause I’ve got my own crazy ways

And I won’t let nobody know
All the secrets as we go
As we go

Repeat Chorus:

And I wonder
I wonder why I wonder why I wonder night and day
And I wonder
I wonder why I wonder why oh why I feel this way
And I wonder
And I wonder
As we go

Repeat Chorus:

Freedom

Written By: Lauri Jo Chapman

“Freedom”
Words & Music by Lauri Jo Chapman

Sinking within I’m guilty of a crime
Trapped in this prison in my mind
Lord knows I was shaken up
Well he cooled down my burning blood
He protected me from temptation to give up

I’ve been smoking on these cigarettes off the honey rosé vine
Didn’t sleep a wink last night I think I’m losing my mind

FREEDOM like a bird flies free
Through these burning days of insanity
You know I do believe I’ve spoken my last vow
And I’m comfortable here in this one horse town
Oh save me Lord I don’t want to die
Though death is staring me right in the eye
For the chance to fly I’ve waited all my life
For the chance to fly I’ve waited all my life
Just for the chance to fly

Daylight I’ve been travelin’ around
I’ve been watching the leaves turn from green to brown
Oh where do I go when the sun goes down
Bleeding soul from this blinding shame
That hold my soul in these binding chains
If only you would forgive me I do believe that I can be free
Baby Baby won’t you rescue me
Shine the light give me the will to fly

Chorus: (Repeat)

Maybe if I don’t lay down and cry
I’ll live strong enough to spread my wings and fly