"Zanya Laurence is back with a great neo-soul album! 17 quality, emotional songs about real life, delivered with passion & conviction. I struggle to find a weak song on this fine set. This girl could go all the way!"
"Always", the second full-length release from Zanya Laurence. This up-and-coming artist has a sound that could easily appeal to millions of music fans. Always presents seventeen (!) slick pop tunes that are easy on the ears. And at the heart of the music are some wonderfully effective vocals. Ms. Laurence has a voice that can melt the hearts of fans...and her vocal overdubs are always spot on. In addition to having a fantastic voice, Zanya's also a songwriter driven to create. She wrote every single song on this album and they all pretty much hit the target. If we were to compare Laurence to anyone it would probably be Amy Winehouse because of the slight funky undercurrents in terms of rhythms and overall vibe. Smooth catchy cuts include "Listen To Me," "Karma," "Enjoy The Ride," and "Times Traveler." Smart reflective stuff with cool vibes...
"There’s the sound of the city in Zanya Laurence’s album “Always”. A sound that evokes thoughts of neon lights, the moon & Cadillac Escalades with I see you but you can’t see me glass. It’s the sound of late night urban R&B... An easy going album that suits the past midnight groove... Ms. Laurence has an endearing voice that charms the ears.”
“The pop world could use more people like Zanya Laurence. On her debut, this SoCal native displays captivating and emotive vocal pyrotechnics, fueled by a pop edged R&B backdrop that allows you to fully experience her talents. Also writing the lyrics on most of the songs, this is obviously music created with as much of Zanya’s heart and soul that she could possibly fuse into it. Anytime you can marry this type of talent with catchy, likable music you have something special going on.”
“The widespread influence of Alicia Keys can't be measured anymore; however, only artists who step beyond the conventions of R&B can be considered rightful heirs to her throne. Thankfully, Zanya Laurence is someone who is seemingly inspired more by Keys’ creative ambitions than her trademark style. Like Keys, Laurence delivers a diverse menu, mostly light R&B sprinkled by smooth jazz, acoustic pop, & neo-soul. On “This Is My Life,” her passionate voice forms an intimate bond with the piano. Her singing is sweet & bittersweet, & sometimes playful. I am most attracted to the unplugged charms of “Sunday” & “It Won’t Be Easy,” as the acoustic guitar offers a rain-drop ambience to Laurence’s voice that is absolutely lovely. “Rhythm” is as close to hip-hop as Laurence gets here, but this slickly produced & well-crafted R&B CD will have fans of the genre in a slow-jam buzz that won’t fade away for for quite sometime...”
“By the time I hit "Complicated," w/ Zanya cooing in a most heavenly fashion, there was no turning back. It meant that this would be a record that I would continue to return to, to drink from its waters again & again. Laurence has an obvious affection for classy, soulful artists such as Alicia Keys & the disappearing act, Lauryn Hill. But she holds her own, blessed w/ a rich, sultry voice that is no pale imitation of her idols. The real strength of an artist is judged from their songs. Hers are memorable & engaging. "Down & Out" & "A Long Road" pulsate w/ a throbbing beat that only a strong, confident voice can create an emotional impact with. She captures the feelings of the lyric & groove & makes it sound so easy. It's smooth sailing for the ears. The glowing "Sunday" is carried by jazzy textures & soaring vocals. It's worth the price of admission alone; fortunately, there are 15 more to seek delight from.”
"THIS IS MY LIFE" IS A GREAT OPENER. IT'S EASY, COMFORTABLE & LEADS YOU TO WANT MORE & THERE IS NO DISAPPOINTMENT. THE TRACKS COME THICK & FAST. ALL ARE DIFFERENT IN SOME RESPECTS INSPIRED BY SOUL & JAZZ, NEW & OLD. IT'S CLEAR THAT WHILST THERE IS NO FULL ON, SMACK YOU IN THE FACE, MONSTER TRACK ON THIS ALBUM, IT'S DEFINITELY MORE THAN AVERAGE. THE LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY IS HIGH. DOWN & OUT IS ONE OF THE TOP TRACKS FOR ME. IT'S PUNCHY, & THE VOCALS ARE STRONG & STRETCHED WITHIN ZANYA'S ZONE. YOU FEEL THAT SHE KNOWS HER VOICE, WHERE IT FITS, HER STYLE, & ALL THAT MAKES THE ALBUM THOROUGHLY LISTENABLE FROM START TO FINISH. A LONG ROAD IS MELLOW & ACOUSTIC WITH A FEEL-GOOD TOUCH, RHYTHM IS MOODY & SULTRY. A MATTER OF TIME & THE EXCELLENT SUNDAY CONTINUE ON WITH THOSE SULTRY TONES & QUALITIES...