"Ascend is a breath of fresh air... Best thing I've heard in a long while."
"I've never met anyone - except maybe Richie Havens - who is so open-hearted & full of love for humanity, yet who appears to experience life on a different plane than everybody else. Lucky for the rest of us, she's translated her Earthly experience onto her album Ascend.”
"There is no touch of naiveté in McClain's songs... while optimistic in tone, her songs are laced with a healthy dose of realism... written and performed with such honesty and sincerity."
"Blessed with an enchanting voice midway between Joni Mitchell's lilting soprano and Neil Young's plaintive whine... ASCEND is an engaging, sometimes haunting collection of songs that explore love, abusive relationships, God, and of course, UFOs.”
“Despite its uplifting name, the title track [“Ascend”] is an aching lament reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, as the singer yearns for a true ‘precious connection.’”
"A gem of uniqueness and authenticity."
"Laurie's voice has a raw, genuine classic folk resonance that pulls you into every song."
"Her music cannot be thrown into one single category. It's predominately folk, but under the influence of alternative country and a touch of blues. Her songs seem to sing themselves with uplifting energy and positive vibrations."
"Laurie's voice feels like my favorite moisturizer; it sinks in quickly and starts to heal. Her songs go deep and they stay with you."