Biography

 

Naturally gifted, yet highly trained, Laurin Talese has been captivating audiences with her voice since the age of ten. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she attended the Cleveland School of the Arts and, at an early age, received notoriety as a promising young vocalist. After completing high school, Laurin relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts, and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz vocal performance.

Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Laurin is versatile within many musical genres. She has shared the stage with numerous international recording artists including Bilal, Gregory Porter, Patti LaBelle, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green, and has had the distinct pleasure of performing with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Her vocal talents have allowed her to travel the globe, performing in a host of national and international venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia's Academy of Music, the famed Apollo Theater and, most recently, in front of a sold-out crowd at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In October 2018, Laurin was announced as a finalist in the 2018 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

As a complement to her effortless vocal abilities, Laurin is a passionate songwriter. It is the union of her pure tone and poignant lyrics that excite her audiences and helps to define her sound. In 2016, she released her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos, to wide acclaim. The recording was produced by Adam Blackstone on the BASSic Black Entertainment label and features modern-day jazz elite such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens Jr., Christian Sands, longtime collaborator Eric Wortham II as well as Blackstone to name a few and was recognized as one of the top albums of 2016 by The Chicago Tribune and Soul Tracks; it also ranked highly on three Billboard Jazz charts.