LaZae is a singer/songwriter who holds nothing back in her music. It’s all about telling a story, the whole story, honest and truthfully. That’s why she has no problem painting herself as the “bad guy” in her song “The Antagonist” or as delusional and tortured in her song “Girl, Interrupted” off of her debut album, “Self Help EP”. She ended 2011 with a win for Producer's Choice Award for Recording Artist of the Year at the 21st Los Angeles Music Awards and appearances at the 2011 Burbank International Film Festival and ITSA Film Festival. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year in 2012 for LaZae and her music.
She grew up listening to classic musicals like Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and “Cinderella” which really began her love affair with creating a musical journey with her lyrics and melodies and that path continued and broadened years later with her love of artists like Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill. In a hippy home where organic and sustainable living was key, she’s also carried those ideals into her lyrics in such songs as “Muddy Hill” and “Woman Scorned”.
It’s been an unconventional road for LaZae, graduating early at 15 years old from high school to pursue her music full time. She attended American River College in Sacramento, CA where she majored in audio engineering, jazz and classical voice. Always inquisitive and ready to learn the ropes, she landed an internship at a local recording studio, Velvet Tone Studios just one year after she started college.
She used to spend hours at the studio or in her small home studio experimenting and creating her own music into the wee hours of the night. This led her to entering one of her recordings in the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) student recording competition where to her surprise she was a finalist. From there she found herself traveling the world as the student delegate chair for the AES Student Delegate Assembly all the while finishing up her college studies by the age of 18.
Every experience she’s had has broadened and shaped her music creatively like her work-study term at the world-renowned Banff Centre in Canada and her time working at world-class Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. It was at the Palms that she really got her first taste of the music industry. Her time there even gave her the opportunity to dabble in modeling as the cover girl of the Killers’ sophomore album “Sam’s Town”. She was so inspired by all of the amazing talent that came through those doors every day and worked incessantly on her own music before and after work. Her time there eventually pushed her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of performing and writing her music.
For LaZae, writing music is about sharing one’s experiences as well as the experiences in the world around us. It’s a very personal journey that she is ready to share with a broader audience. With LaZae’s music, you get a full spectrum of topics from love to saving the planet. And in her debut EP, the listener gets just that.