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LINDSAY SPURLOCK IS AN ARTIST with a lot of determination and
a believer in the power of positive focus. And it is an effect strategy
for this Louisiana native, as a number of magazines, local and
national, have critiqued her live and recorded work. Additionally, a
single off her sophomore release, the EP Heart On, was featured on
the season finale of Fox sitcom Novella. It proved to be excellent
exposure, increasing her sales at CD Baby. Spurlock hopes more film
and television opportunities for her music will come her way; on
the Fox series, she remarks, "it was awesome to see how the music
connected with what was onscreen."
Her producer on this sophomore album was none other than Ben H.
Allen, whose previous artist credits include Gnarls Barkley (check out
our interview with Allen for Gringo Star's Studio Diary).
"Putting the album together was an amazing experience, " she says.
"Ben has a great attitude, which creates a nice positive energy in
the studio while recording. Not to mention the studio itself has a
really warm feeL.Our ideas meshed well together. Ben has a vision
and knows exactly how to execute it, resulting in a really solid
product. I can't wait til we get to work on the next record! A special
thank you to Monica Tannien [Allen's manager] as well."
Allen and Spurlock most likely work well together because they
share a determination to see a project through to completion. In
early 2007, Spurlock was a southern transplant living in New York
City with one album, Life's Puzzle Pieces. She realized she wanted to
return to the South, record a "killer" album and tour. By last August,
that album, Heart On, was a reality. And the next thing she knew,
one song was being featured on national television, as previously
mentioned, and songs of hers were being played Down Under. It
should be mentioned Spurlock's goal is "to have tunes that span the
globe and continue to positively grip people."
Where were we? That's right, Down Under, as in Australia. A radio
station there started playing her songs after they discovered Spurlock's
tunes on her MySpace page. Fans in Italy and England already
cover her songs. After touring the U.S. exclusively for almost nine
years, Spurlock hopes to cross the Atlantic and tour Europe sometime
in the next few years.
Global domination being less elusive in the Internet Age, it seems
the more daunting part of the equation is staying positive, lyrically
and professionally. Maybe it's too many movies, but there's the illusion
in American culture that if a person knows what they want to
achieve, they rarely have a bad day, or major obstacles, things just
work out. Spurlock has known music is exactly what she's wanted to
do her whole life - songwriting and playing guitar since she was 16,
participating in live theatre for most of her school years. But, that
does not mean life is perfect, nor uncomplicated.
"Being positive is definitely a choice," she notes. "It's not always
easy, especially in this industry. I've gotten into ruts before, but
the only way for me to get through is to believe in myself, to keep
writing, and to keep moving forward."
Sometimes even some of life's curveballs can be turned around. "I
really appreciate the fact that my music can touch people and help
them through life's rises and falls," Spurlock says, describing her
writing process, noting that she does most of her composing at a
piano bench, if a melody doesn't occur in a dream. "I stay away from
using specific names in most of my songs, so that people can better
relate. I write my material first as therapy, to help me through different
life situations that I might not understand. And then, I try
to write from a universal perspective, in hopes that people, both
young and old, can relate and feel my art too."
Spurlock has a pretty strong outlook for the future.
"I feel like if my music is reaching people, I am working and moving
forward, good things are bound to take shape," she says. "In fact, I
have had some wonderful opportunities since I began exposing my
music to the public. It's amazing what positive thinking yields." - SE Performer


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24.09.2006
pfiou...

http://cemondeestdouble.hautetfort.com/archive/2006/09/24/pfiou.html

Cà y est...
Plus personne ne me lit.
Quelques mois d'absence, une petite dose de flemme, quelques changements dans une vie par trop remplie jusqu'ici, et aujourd'hui, alors qu'encore quelques un semblaient se perdre dans la grande toile jusqu'à ma porte, aujourd'hui personne n'est venu.
En fait, çà fait un moment même que j'attendais çà, juste pour recommencer. Une sorte de nouveau départ, un truc que d'habitude on ne peut que difficilement s'accorder. Ben là, çà tombe bien, je peux. Bon, çà va pas changer des masses, faut l'avouer. Du moins pour les rares lecteurs à s'aventurer ici. Mais pour moi çà va changer un peu. C'est déjà çà de pris, mais comme ce sont des pages perso, par définition égoïste, c'est pas plus mal que çà conserve au moins cet aspect des choses.
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Pour pas changer, en tout cas, je vais (re)commencer par de la musique, et par Melle Lindsay Rae Spurlock. Autant dans tout ce que j'en sais, cette artiste est insipide. Je n'ai pas réussi à trouver une seule interview qui sorte un peu des sentiers battus, des laïus habituels sur la chanson qui transporte, sur l'apport individuel que lui apporte l'écriture... Bref, rien de ce qui pourrait intéresser le moindre lecteur des Inrocks... Pas de drogue, pas de Rock&Roll...
Mais comment se fait-ce que certaines de ses chansons soient si jolies? Pas d'idées, en tout cas, j'aime beaucoup.
Et maintenant, où on va? Je sais pas trop. Juste j'aimerais quand même remercier certains, Dorian, par exemple, qui s'est permis de m'écrire alors que son groupe, Mai, était en tournée (et avec Grizzly Bear encore en plus... J'ai raté çà, dans ma période grizzly à moi...). Merci aussi à Amy, de Blanketeer , encore elle, qui en plus m'a donné matière à réfléchir et à communiquer un peu plus (ce d'autant que Blanketeer est en plein travail pour leur nouveau CD). Mes désoles à d'autres, dont Guillaume, qui a eu la gentillesse de m'accorder un peu de son temps, accompagné de Nicolas, tous deux membres des Go Go Charlton, ainsi qu'à Boris Laborde. Je finirais surement par vous parler d'eux, parce qu'un peu d'eux est ici. Même si pas assez...
Et puis évidemment ceux qui se reconnaitront, et que j'ai sauvagement abandonné pour les laisser continuer, ces héraults d'avant cet arrêt...
Bises, tous.
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Si si on est là...quand j'ai vu mon fil RSS s'afficher avec un nouveau billet de Tyler's One, tu peux pas savoir comment ça m'a fait plaisir, ça me regonfle le moral et me donne envie de repartir vraiment moi-aussi. Et un accueil musical magnifique avec Lindsay Rae Spurlock, demoiselle que je n'connaisais pas du tout. MERCI pour ce retour, c'est comme un ami qui réapparaît après de longues années d'absence, ça fait tellement chaud au coeur. Bises à toi puisque tu nous fais les bises, à tous.
A + et continues de nous faire des découvertes du même acabit (en ce moment, je bloque sur Dear Euphoria, suédoise dans le même genre découverte grâce à Bopper en Larmes/sa page MySpace et Absolut Noise...)
Keep On...

Ecrit par : indieboytraqueur | 24.09.2006
- France- article


Check Her Out.

All of my influence came from the 80s and 90s. The 90s brought about the whole grunge era, and I was one of those kids that liked everything dark since that..s what the inside of my head felt like (God, I..m so emo). During that time, I found solace in Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, because they spoke to me on a much deeper level than, say, Candlebox (did you know they have a greatest hits out? Weird.) or Seven Mary Three.

I..ve been lucky enough to find a local chick who is pretty much the equivalent of those two artists (McLachlan and Amos), except that she has a much more updated sound and an electric keyboard. Her name is Lindsay Rae Spurlock (she just moved to town from Baton Rouge), and she has these songs that are ethereal and mesmerizing to a point where listening to her makes my head spin into oblivion from all the thoughts that come rushing to my frontal lobe. It..s probably the best thing to see when you..re feeling any ounce of scorn, because Spurlock is lyrically depressing, and I don..t mean that in a bad way. She nails what you..ve ever wanted to say to a significant other when you part ways. Hey, I just thought of something. I..m going to pick up one of her CDs, so that when either myself or a friend happens to be in a breaking up situation, we can toss it at the dude and say, ..Here, listen to this. That..s really all I have to say to you... Good stuff, indeed. Go check her out, as I think you..ll like what you hear.

posted by LB

www.myspace.com/confessionsofamusicaddict - LB


Life's Puzzle Pieces by Lindsay Rae Spurlock sets such a soothing mood upon first listen that it is, to quote an African proverb, "like rain, falling gently but flooding the river." Formerly the lead member of the Baton Rouge group Lucid Soule that broke up in 2005, this talented, self-taught musician has now ventured into a solo career in Atlanta. Spurlock's listeners connect with her ambient electronica/rock sound and her reflective lyrics. The album has seven songs, although certain copies may include an eighth track called "Time's Up." Within the short 31 minutes of the album, Spurlock takes her audience on a probing journey through an introspective young woman's mind.

Spurlock's recent move to Atlanta parallels one important theme in her album: transition. Her lyrics show a young woman's personal struggle to overcome the past and to withstand the doubts of the present. Spurlock's songs range from an up-tempo "Life's Puzzle Pieces," dedicated to heart-mending love, to "Mother," a dark, moving song filled with questions for an absent mother. Her lyrical content is brought to life by soft, mid- to high-range vocals with which her audience can identify, if not simply through the lyrics, then through her gentle but determined voice. The album is dominated by restrained piano and layered vocals while the strings, bells, drum machine and occasional chorus harmonies help create a wonderfully calming ambiance. Spurlock's album is as relaxing as rain. All of these soul-satisfying features give Life's Puzzle Pieces a signature serenity that can be appreciated by any rock fan, young or old. (Self-released)

www.lindsayspurlock.com

-Kimberly Mitchell
- Suzy Schwarts


..Every time I was around a piano since I was a small tot, I would plink out notes and try to create my own melodies,.. recalls 24-year-old singer-songwriter Lindsay Rae Spurlock. Fact is, the Lafayette native comes from good piano-playing stock. Raised by her radio company dad, she is related to both ..The Killer.. Jerry Lee Lewis and country legend Mickey Gilley. But where they used pianos to set teenage hormones on fire and grab status quo by the collar, Spurlock turns those 88 keys inward. Songs from her Life..s Puzzle Pieces album all contain a similar wintry feeling, more nostalgic and resigned than despondent, but still a little too cold for complete comfort all the same.

..I write about things I can..t understand, things I want to change,.. Spurlock says. ..Writing songs is a way to figure out answers. Not necessarily to the situation but more for inner realization...

Spurlock utilizes somnolent orchestral flourishes and percussion sparingly, but they never bore. Her alternately welcoming piano and vaguely foreign atmospherics are tethered always to her sweet, breathy vocals, like bare feet on a cold wood floor. ..Mother.. sees Spurlock lining up her own estranged mom in the cross-hairs and asking her questions hard, heavy and carried unanswered for far too long. Listening to ..November,.. one imagines Spurlock in her wrinkled night-before clothes and smudged mascara, throwing herself around an empty house..empty of her love, empty of her innocence, empty of everything that doesn..t hurt. Maybe she just needs a boost, or a sunny day.

Spurlock now splits time between Atlanta, where she records, and Baton Rouge, where she returns often to visit family, friends and to play solo shows.

Life..s Puzzle Pieces is available now at cdbaby.com. Visit myspace.com/lindsayraespurlock for tour dates and more. - 225 Magazine


By SAMANTHA MORGAN
Special to 2theadvocate.com
Published: Jul 17, 2007

A little over one year ago, Baton-Rouge-native Lindsay Rae Spurlock decided that if she was ever going to make it as a musician, it was time to move. In May 2006, Spurlock packed her things and headed for Atlanta, where she lived for roughly eight months before moving on to New York City in February 2007.

"I had been talking to a [friend of mine who was a] record label exec at Epic, and he'd been helping me," Spurlock said when I asked why she chose Atlanta first. "I played in Atlanta a few times on tour, and I really liked the city. Also, I thought home was just a car ride away."

Although her family moved a great deal while she was growing up, Spurlock said she spent the majority of her years in Baton Rouge and has always considered the city her hometown.

"I remember when I was about 4 or 5 years old and I was living in Baton Rouge with my dad," she said when recalling her early memories with music. "I just remember having Belinda Carlile on a record and playing it and screaming it at the top of my lungs when I was little. It was really a way to release."

Music serves the same purpose today as it did when she was younger.

"The only way I have to release is with music," she said. "People say 'Do yoga,' and to this and that, and I say 'No, I can't.' The only way I feel good is if I can start playing."

Spurlock is an independent singer/songwriter, so when on stage, the emotion resonating from her voice, accompanied by the pounding of her fingers on her keyboard, are all her own.

"What I'm ultimately trying to do first is the release. I write music and get things off my chest," she explained. "I usually write songs about things I'm confused about at the time, or things I don't have closure about.

"The second step is to re-write the song so it fits other people too, because I know if I feel these emotions then other people do, too."

By placing so much emotion in her music, Spurlock said her messages are often labeled by some as "depressing."

"Some people will say 'Why do you write such sad songs? Are you just a sad or angry person?' I tell them that it's not hard to write a happy song. It's the core emotional stuff that hits people and stirs their emotions.

"When people ask me that, I just know right away in my head that they don't know where I'm coming from artistically.

"Many, however, do 'get it.'

"I do always try to have a positive undertone," she added. "A vocal coach I was taking lessons from at one time said she listened to my song ['Mother'] and said it made her want to start writing about her past. She shared with me and said her dad abused her when she was young. She said that my song made her want to write about it for the first time."

That connection Spurlock makes with her audience is what caught the attention of Samantha Jones. No, not the "Sex and the City" character. This Samantha Jones is an independent film director Spurlock met while living in Atlanta.

"She [Jones] found me on MySpace and wanted to use my song 'November' in her independent film," Spurlock said.

The film is "The Last Christmas Party," and its premier will be within the next few months at The Sundance Film Festival.

"The film is about a family that has a Christmas party every year in the Upper West Side of New York," she explained. "It's about moving on and letting go, which is why I think she wanted to use my song."

Being selected for the film is what prompted Spurlock to move to New York. First, she took a few trips to the city to help promote the film. Then, the constant motion of the Big Apple captivated her.

"When playing there it just felt really good," she said. "I thought 'If I'm going to do this music thing, I need to be in the best place possible.'

"I don't really know why, but I started telling promoters there that I was moving to New York, just to see what their reaction would be, and the reaction was good. Then after that, I decided to do it."

Since moving to New York, Spurlock said she has felt a new level of inspiration.

"I put the acoustic guitar down for two years. I started on it, and then did piano, but when I got to New York, I got back to the guitar. So, now I'm using both."

Spurlock is currently working on a new album, which will include both guitar and piano parts. She hopes to complete the album within the year.

You can check out Lindsay Rae Spurlock at North Gate Tavern on Wednesday, July 18. She will perform that night with Lanky, a singer/songwriter from Houston.

Until then, you can find out more about her music on her MySpace page, www.myspace.com/lindsayraespurlock.
- The Advocate


Discography

'Heart On'

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Bio

LINDSAY SPURLOCK IS AN ARTIST with a lot of determination and a believer in the power of positive focus. Spurlock began her career in a college prog rock band. While mastering progressive and glorious melodies about swordfish with challenging rhythms and time signatures, she began combining her golden voice and experimental experience with catchy pop tunes about life and love. When she began recording these new songs as a solo project, her popularity in Louisiana and beyond grew exponentially, and she found her independent, home-made recordings being licensed for both television ads and prime time shows like NBC's "Watch Over Me." In fact, a number of magazines, local and national, have critiqued her live and recorded work, as well.

Springboarding off of her quirky piano pop's growing popularity, Lindsay Rae Spurlock recorded a new record, Heart On, with Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective) and began touring constantly. Two songs from Heart On were recently featured on the sountrack to MTV's The Real World. She has opened for Lisa Loeb and has received offers from the likes of KT Tunstall and Imogen Heap. Lindsay Rae Spurlock is a natural performer and hard worker with an uncommon amount of natural talent; most don't find it surprising that she is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis.

"I write my material first as therapy, to help me through different life situations that I might not understand. And then, I try to write from a universal perspective, in hopes that people, both young and old, can relate and feel my art too."

Constantly writing and evolving, Spurlock's voice and writing experience are beginning to add up to provide exponential success, but Spurlock's independent attitude and humility keep her grounded and working hard. Spurlock's goal is "to have tunes that span the globe and continue to positively grip people."

“I write about things and situations that perplex me. Writing songs is a way to figure out answers, not necessarily to the situation but more for inner realization . . . Life inspires me. Every instance in life. I’m constantly experiencing new situations and everything is constantly changing … [Writing] is an inner self-release, an outlet to achieve some sort of understanding about the world that I’m living in.” Spurlock’s attention to the details of life is what imbues her songwriting with a passion and honesty that captures listeners.

"I feel like if my music is reaching people, I am working and moving forward, and good things are bound to take shape,"

“Spurlock’s songcraft calls to mind both classic electronically rooted rock greats but also pushes ahead into the future of rock and roll.”
– A&R Select

"Her name is Lindsay Rae Spurlock, and she has talent that the world should not miss! Lindsay has a very good voice, and can write some wonderfully plaintive songs. Definitely piano-driven. Definitely nice."
- Joe Szczepaniak (Stage Hymns online magazine)

"...with songs like "November" Spurlock's music reaches the audience on a deep level and lulls them into a state of nirvana and true serenity."
-Iris Davis (Tiger Weekly Magazine-Baton Rouge, LA)

"The spellbinding track Let It Go - was recently tapped for an ad by chic L.A. clothing company Designateria."
- Michael Andrews (Flagpole magazine-Athens,GA)

"Lindsay Rae Spurlock oozes rock and roll. As she poses for her pictures, her experience in the music industry is evident."
- Alison Usher (Legacy Magazine)