Libby Lavella

Libby Lavella

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Memorable melodies, Strong soothing vocals, psychedelic soundscapes.

Biography

Australian-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Libby Lavella was once described by the LA Times as “pop soul fusion,”. Libby’s sound has since grown and morphed into something difficult to box into any particular genre, falling somewhere on the planes of the vast wilderness that is indie pop, retrospective folk and singer/songwriter. Her follow-up to her debut, Sometime In Morning came out October 26. It has already received great reviews...
* "evokes sympathetic lyrics mixed with soft instrumentation that will captivate listeners" - celebritycafe
* "Delightfully uncatagorizable artist, Lavella is the kind of act that the machine keeps trumpeting it has found when it hasn't" - midwest records
* "Wispy piano, gentle guitars and a huge voice allow the ruminative Lavella to fit comfortably in the company Sarah MacLachlan and Beth Orton" - retrolowfi.com
* " A gifted vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist with an ear for soundscapes" - bullzeye.com
* "Lavella is a pop songstress with folk and world influence in abundance" - Movement Magazine

Melancholy, renewal, hope, and trust are all themes that Libby tackles wonderfully on her sophomore release. On “Waiting” she proclaims, “If I sound hopeful, with some hesitation / There’s a reason why, I’m afraid to find / I was right all along” over bossa nova bass and shuffling drums. Sometime comes across as anything but hesitant. Libby leaves no punch held as she lets her enchanting soprano soar.

Throughout her career, Libby has performed and/or recorded with the legendary Frank Gambale, SmashMouth, Rain Phoenix, Badi Assad, Michael Sembello, Australian Mushroom recording artist Kate Ceberano, Dave Palmer, Shane Alexander and LA artist Joan Jones. In addition she recorded with the rap artist Big Syke of Tupac Shakur’s Thug Life group in an uncanny collaboration.

Sometime In Morning is a collection of songs that rest somewhere between hope and despair. Three of the songs were co-written with Joan Jones, an LA veteran. Libby says, “Joan and I were both in transition due to changing relationships of various natures. We would hang out and write songs, drink wine and talk about life.”

“I didn’t consciously decide to do an album. I turned around one day and realized I had a large collection of songs that hadn’t been recorded. I was playing keyboards with artist Shane Alexander, and loved his new album….so I contacted LA production duo Heroes & Villains who produced it. We met, they liked the material, so we began the process. SOMETIME IN MORNING was completed over 2 months in about 100 hours with a small group of musicians. Heroes and Villains insisted on keeping it very “in-house”, which was new to me. In the past I either had a band that I would work with ALL the time or I would call some of the top musicians in town that I know and they would play everything. The difference here was, H&V encouraged me to play all the parts as I heard them. No-one I’ve worked with ever before has allowed that. Making this record was very authentic in the sense that I felt entirely connected to the process in a truly creative way…and it was a lot of fun.”

Sometime In Morning features, Libby – vocals/acoustic guitar/Rhodes/Wurlitzer/piano/piano accordian, Dave Palmer - various vintage keyboard sounds/Wurlitzer and Piano, Billy Mohler - bass/electric guitar/percussion/additional keys, Charlie Paxson - Drums. The vocal section in I Live In Hope is Shelly O'Neill/Joan Jones/Selwyn, Sharon, Cheryl Gibson/ Ro Cham Beaux.

Lavella’s performances demonstrate a deep command of Classical, Soul and World influences. Spending many years performing in bands and studying at The Conservatorium of Music in her native Australia, Lavella’ desire for more diverse musical influences led her to extensive travels of Egypt, Zimbabwe and Europe. She lived and studied in Italy for a time at The Universita Per Stranieri in Perugia.

A new EP is due out this year, plus more songs for Michael Scott's NY Times Best Selling series, Nicholas Flamel.

Lyrics

Stables To The Stars

Written By: Libby Lavella

How long have the stars, been holed up in the sky?
How long has that river, been trapped behind your eyes?
I won't let you capsize

When you light your candles, do you say a prayer?
When you pass a window, do you stop and stare?
I know this is not fair

From the stables to the stars
Around fire and embers
From the stables to the stars
You'll be remembered
From the stables to the stars

If you face forever, can you choose a place to start?
If you close your eyes, are you afraid of waking up?
My heart can hold the dark

From the stables to the stars
Around fire and embers
From the stables to the stars
You'll be remembered
From the stables to the stars

Misunderstood

Written By: Libby Lavella/Joan Jones

I don’t wanna talk about, this and that and speak of nothing
While something could breathe
You don’t wanna let me in, just in case this is something , something

When we get talking I get so confused
I leave your house feeling misunderstood
Then I spend all night thinking how to get through
Maybe it’s you

I don’t wanna read into flippancy and create something
From nothing sincere
You don’t wanna take a risk, hit and miss, invest in something, something

When we get talking I get so confused
I leave your house feeling misunderstood
Then I spend all night thinking how to get through
Maybe it’s you

Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s you, maybe it’s you

When we get talking I get so confused
I leave your house feeling misunderstood
Then I spend all night thinking how to get through
Maybe it’s you

Been Sleeping For So Long

Written By: Libby Lavella

Sometime in morning
Light seeps in my eyes
My eyelids roll back, like a roller blind
I walk to the window
Take in the last of the sunrise
The newness of day
Takes me by surprise, and

light comes in
I’m forced to open both eyes
I feel like I’ve been sleeping for so long
light comes in
I’ll crawl out from beneath this rock
False shelter from the storm
Been sleeping for so long

After a long walk
I get to the top floor
I take a seat, cross my legs, pick a magazine
How long will I sit here
Wait for “the man” to call my name
The lady behind the glass
She’s getting on in age

light comes in
I’m forced to open both eyes
I feel like I’ve been sleeping for so long
light comes in
I’ll crawl out from beneath this rock
False shelter from the storm
Been sleeping for so long
Been sleeping for so long
Been sleeping for so long

I Live In Hope

Written By: Libby Lavella

I LIVE IN HOPE

If I had a little window that opened up to tomorrow, would it change yesterday?

The distance I heard in your voice
Felt like an ocean that deepened overnight
No matter how hard I swam, I couldn’t get closer
Not in enough time.

I live in hope, that someday the sky
will open up and breathe
I live in hope, that someday the road,
will bring you back to me

The words that were left in my heart
They have nowhere left to go
And all of the things I regret, sit at the foot
Of some faded rainbow

Accidental moments, fracture our existence and they break yesterday

I live in hope, that someday the sky
will open up and breathe
I live in hope, that someday the road,
will bring you back to me

Accidental moments, fracture our existence and they break yesterday

I live in hope, that someday the sky
will open up and breathe
I live in hope, that someday the road,
will bring you back to me

© Libby Lavella

Discography

Sometime In Morning - October 2007
Sponge Brain - 2003

Set List

Can be 1 song to 1 hour. Granted slot dictates direction.