Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche between retro-style grooves and cool pop. LaViolette’s smooth vocals span the sultry blues of Norah Jones to the ambience of Sarah McLachlan, and her inclusion of both vintage and current keyboard sounds are reminiscent of both the funky rhythms of Billy Preston and classic folk-rock of Carole King. Her songs tell stories of falling in love, life lessons and heartbreak, while striking a distinctive balance between sweet flirtation, soul-searching and gratitude. Her artistic and authentic live performance, whether solo or with a band, is an intimate and inspiring experience. LaViolette released her first solo record, self-titled Naomi LaViolette in March 2012, a holiday single Noel in December 2012, and is an EP entitled You’ve Got Me in October 2013.
LaViolette’s music has received great review and critical acclaim from media including Oregon Music News, The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Willamette Week, StereoSubversion.com, KATU’s AM Northwest, KINK.fm, and KMHD.fm. She is praised for her original music and balanced combination of chops and lyricism. LaViolette has opened for national and international artists, performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak’s, the Doug Fir Lounge, the Alberta Rose Theater, and The Bite of Oregon, and is the pianist for the Oregon Repertory Singers.
LaViolette’s roots are deep in classical music—she has a master’s degree in classical piano performance—but she has also immersed herself in jazz standards, folk songs, soul, pop and gospel. All these influences give her music a variety of moods and styles for listeners to enjoy. LaViolette is often commissioned to write songs for various outlets, provide arrangements of her music for other musical groups, and is an in-demand session player and performer.