A bilingual album (English/French) from Canadian singer Louise Laurier, this accoustic album is a marvelous eclectic mix of evolved blues and swing. Her honey sweet voice interprets with intensity the emotions felt through her words that are complimented in the music.
Louise is originally from St-Lambert, in the province of Quebec on the south shore of the St-Lawrence river, overlooking Montreal, Born of a musically talented American mother, who played piano, and a French-Canadian lawyer father, who enjoyed sharing stories and anecdotes to amuse people with. The influences of both cultures can be found underlying her songs and her music. Louise lives in the Outaouais region of Quebec now, continuing to write songs and entertain in public most frequently in the Ottawa/Montreal/Toronto area.
Her first long-playing album, OUT OF THE BLUES-SORTIE DES BLUES is a compilation of twelve original songs - a culmination of five years of writing acoustic swing and traditional blues. Some of the major influences of this album include Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton and Judy Garland. She’s a versatile musician and perfectly bilingual. She sings in both French and in English. She is a self-taught harmonica player but had classical guitar training throughout her high school years. Louise’s finger picking techniques derive from her early classical training. Over the years, her right hand guitar techniques have come to combine folk, frailing and/or travis picking. People enjoy listening to her heartfelt interpretations of her songs. These borrow from several different musical traditions such as; folk, jazz, blues, popular classics and rock. Her songs are lyrical, sometimes reflective, but almost always pleasing to the listener. She’s a wonderful vocalist with a range is a little more than three octaves spanning first alto and second soprano. An interesting repertory of cover tunes rounds out her evenings of live musical entertainment. She spans everything from humourous songs to ballads.
Louise is both an outstanding songwriter and an amusing performer and just finished a short tour promoting her new album in New Brunswick and in Nova Scotia in July 2006.