If you’re an Angeleno, you may very well get chills the moment you hear someone utter the letters LP. This evokes vivid memories of that beautiful sound, her powerful, awe-inspiring voice that’s made Jason Scoppa’s cover nights at Bardot and now at Sayer’s Club legendary. If you haven’t heard of LP, perhaps you’ve heard her belt her infamous Into The Wild track in that Citibank commercial. And, if you’re still not sure, LP has quietly built her name up within the industry for years, penning hits for artists including Christina Aguilera (Beautiful People), Rihanna (Cheers (Drink to That)), and Love Will Keep You Up All Night by the Backstreet Boys, among others. But, finally, LP is stepping into where she belongs: the spotlight.
LP is finally releasing a live EP featuring songs and videos culled from her recent gigs. “LP” here stands for Laura Pergolizzi, a singer/songwriter who was snatched up by Warner Bros. Records after lighting South By Southwest on fire in 2006 after releasing two studio albums, the last in 2004. She began writing songs for other artists in 2009, attaining industry credibility and songwriting credits on some pretty big records.
Opting instead to release something under her own name, Live From EastWest Studios is her first collection of recorded material since 2004’s Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol. The new EP is highlighted by the cut Tokyo Sunrise. Here’s the video from the live EP:
In an interview with Papermag, Pergolizzi explained the impetus behind releasing this live EP simply – “I had all these songs and realized I could sing ‘em better than anyone else.”
Live From EastWest Studios may be a holdover until her next studio album is completed – her Facebook page claims that she’s currently holed up working on it with producers like Isa Summers (known for her work as the keyboardist in Florence & the Machine) and PJ Bianco (Cee-Lo).
LP will celebrate the upcoming release with a handful of Los Angeles-area gigs in the coming weeks – she’s playing Bardot on April 23rd, Jimmy Kimmel Live on the 25th, the Viper Room on the 30th, and at the Grammy Museum on May 14th. Plenty of chances to catch one of her upcoming shows, so don’t miss out! Visit her official website for more information and clips.