LAUREL K ADAMS TO RELEASE EMOTIVE
AND MUST-LISTEN JAZZ DEBUT SINGLE
“SET-BREAK” NOV. 2, 2023
About the Release
It's always an exciting time when a fresh and exciting voice makes its debut on the scene. That's definitely the case with 19-year-old Laurel K. Adams, who has chosen the career path of jazz rather than pop or rock.
Adams' new original tune "Set Break" is a sparkling original number that she both wrote and co-produced with her mentor and seasoned music professional JP Olson. Olson recognized Adams' potential early and carefully worked with her as she experimented with other genres before deciding that jazz best suited her style and approach.
Adams also nicely accompanies herself on piano, delivering a polished, sophisticated number that showcases a strong, confident voice, expert delivery, and precision timing. It's the type of delightful, convincing sound that's already earned her raves from seasoned professionals who've either heard or spoken with her in such cities as Nashville, Memphis, Boston, and Madison.
She also has the vocal immediacy and edge that's displayed enough star potential to earn her admission to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She epitomizes the next generation of jazz singers, vocalists familiar with the broad spectrum of American popular music, but eager to make their mark in the demanding territory of jazz.
"Set Break" is the first of what should prove an impressive line of songs from Laurel K. Adams.
“And I guess more than anything, jazz allows me to do the two things I think are most important with music: to put my heart into it, and to have fun with it.” - Laurel K. Adams
ABOUT LAUREL K ADAMS
Special talents are easy to identify, and Laurel K Adams clearly has that flair.
She's gifted with a wonderful, distinctive voice, and has a style and charisma that is already very noticeable and will only get better with age. Adams already has a polish and confidence that would be impressive at any age but is even more so for a 19-year-old.
She has a professional dream that's somewhat unique in today's marketplace. Adams wants to be a jazz singer, striving to excel in a field where criticism can be brutal, and newcomers are immediately subjected to comparisons that are often unfair and unjust. Still, she isn't afraid or concerned about the challenge.
Laurel K Adams has the potential to do what Norah Jones has done, broaden the horizons of audiences in regard to what constitutes a jazz vocalist. Adams nor Jones possess the poignant tones of a Billie Holiday or the range of a Sarah Vaughan or Carmen McRae. But Adams, like Jones, continually shows that a softer, sensual delivery can not only work in the improvisational world but be equally compelling and convincing. Hopefully, Adams will eventually enjoy the same success as Jones in winning over jazz critics while doing songs that reveal the influence of country, folk, and pop.
In fact, Adams began working in pop/country and has also dabbled in folk, theater, opera, and rock. Ultimately though, jazz has emerged as the idiom best suited to display her full range of talents. These include an energetic personality and natural charm, the ability to handle with ease any type of song from Broadway show tunes to a Carol King pop hit, and a timing and delivery that are precise and delightful. Adams is also a solid musician and songwriter, who’s played the piano and guitar for years.
Adams is currently mentoring under the watchful eye of veteran singer/songwriter JP Olson, who has plenty of good things to say about her skills. "I don't take on a lot of new students or projects at this point, but I was impressed by Laurel's talent," Olson said in a recent interview. "The biggest problem was finding exactly where she fit in musically, what genre worked for her. She sang everything that we gave her with a lot of style, but the songs weren't enabling her to show a personality and individuality. Then I thought about jazz, and that seemed to work best. She's really taken to it and is very serious about wanting that to be her niche." Adams has listened closely to some of the greatest jazz singers and recently had a chance to hear topflight jazz and blues performers during a visit to Nashville and Memphis. Accompanied by Olson, she got to meet Nashville great Kevin Whalum and Memphis legend Joyce Cobb, while also visiting Music City's Nashville Jazz Workshop and its Jazz Cave, as well as the famed Beale Street. She also attended a meeting of music writers and publicists in Nashville at Edley's Barbecue, and there she talked about why she felt jazz would be the best fit for her musically. "Stylistically, I think it provides me with the best foundation," Adams said. I grew up listening to a little bit of everything, from country to Broadway show tunes to pop to rock.
Laurel K Adams also has vocal immediacy and edge that's displayed enough star potential to earn her admission to the prestigious Berklee College of Music next year.
Adams had the opportunity to meet and talk with jazz singer Samara Joy in Madison WI. where she shared “This was a highlight and a great moment for me to meet and talk with the Grammy Award-winning Jazz singer, Samara Joy.”
"With jazz, there’s so much room for creativity and interpretation, which is what drew me to music in the first place. I'm still getting some things down regarding technique, but it's really become my favorite music." It's the type of delightful, convincing sound that's already earned her raves from seasoned professionals who've either heard or spoken with her. "I guess more than anything, jazz allows me to do the two things I think are most important with music: to put my heart into it, and to have fun with it.”