Lauren Lapointe | Butterfly

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Butterfly

by Lauren Lapointe

Soulful folk-rock with resonant lyrics and haunting melodies. A little bit Canadian, a little bit Southern. Joni Mitchell meets Bobbie Gentry.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Butterfly
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2. North Star
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3. The Last Tree
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4. Here Comes The Rain Again
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5. My Baby
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6. Lonely Road
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7. The Mermaid's Birthday
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8. I Don't Know
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9. Ballerina Girl
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10. The Sound of the Sea
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11. I Watch The Ships Go By
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12. La Loca
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13. Lady Charlotte
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** "Butterfly" reached #8 on the Georgia Roots Artist Radio Airplay chart and #13 on the Roots Music Report Folk Charts where it debuted at #20.

"An acclaimed live performer...Lapointe has definitive gifts with melody and lyrics." Kathleen Wehle - Southeast Performer Magazine (Feb, 2008)

“This girl has got IT!” —Rod Kennedy, Kerrville Folk Festival Founder

Savannah GA-based singer/songwriter Lauren Lapointe has been gaining recognition across the country for her soulful songs, unique voice, and strong live performances.
Her new release “Butterfly,” was produced by award-winning Tom Prasada-Rao and reached #8 on the Georgia Roots Artist Radio Airplay Chart and #13 on the Roots Music Report Folk Charts in Dec. 2007. This CD features 14 tracks of melodic folk-rock that showcase Lapointe’s versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Her songs include themes such as self-empowerment, following your dreams, as well as story songs inspired by living in the South and growing up in Canada. Lapointe’s influences include Canadian songwriters Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, and Loreena McKennitt as well as Southern storytellers Bobbie Gentry, Lucinda Williams, and Gillian Welch.

Her song, “Ballerina Girl" has been published in a national songbook of positive, inspiring music. It is based on a true story about a woman who, after working for 40 years as an accountant, decided to pursue her lifelong dream to become a ballerina. “The response to this song has been amazing,” says Lapointe. “There are so many people who think that it’s too late to follow their dream. I felt the same way about starting a music career later than most.”

In the spring of 2001, Lapointe was working at her desk job and secretly imagining a life as a singer/songwriter. One Monday morning, however, she decided that life was too short not to pursue her dream. To the surprise of everyone around her, she gave her notice that day and never looked back. Within a year, she was playing full-time at many prominent venues in the Savannah area. She was invited to open for several national touring acts and was a featured performer at the Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly coffeehouse series.

Her 2005 release “Beautiful Shadow” was featured on Georgia Public Radio and aired on 15 stations across the state. The Savannah Morning News described it as “impressive…emphasizing strong songwriting and showcasing Lapointe’s rich alto voice.” The CD was well-received by venues and fans across the country and Lapointe began touring on a full-time basis. She made her debut at the renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2006 and performed at such prestigious venues as the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, the Jefferson Freedom Cafe in Ft. Worth TX, Anderson Fair in Houston TX, and The Burren Pub in Boston.

In the meantime, Lapointe was continuing to write songs inspired by the people and stories she encountered in her travels. Before long it was time to record again. “I wanted to create a CD that really meant a lot to me personally,” Lapointe says. “I know this seems like a simple thing, but I think it’s easy in the music business to get swayed by what we think other people want. My rule of thumb was that I had to love every aspect of it – every word, every note, every instrument.”

The first step was finding a producer who shared her vision. She met Tom Prasada-Rao at SummerSongs, the songwriting camp that she attends every year in the Catskills. He’s won numerous awards and been described as “one of the most outstanding musicians I have ever met” by Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd. “I flew to Texas for a week to begin work on the CD,” explains Lapointe. “We thought we would get the bare bones started but it came together really quickly. We ended up completing most of the CD during that time. It was a truly magical experience!”

With a national radio campaign in the works and an extensive touring schedule in her future, Lapointe is excited about what lies ahead. “I’m just taking it one day at a time,” she says. “I plan on enjoying every moment!”

“Here’s a Canada-Savannah transplant who carved out a standing in our country’s corporate catacombs, then pitched it all over for a full-scale fling at singing and songwriting. Good move? She’s virtually commanded the acoustic scene in coastal Georgia, opened for several national acts, and knocked out a critically-acclaimed first CD that landed her a feature on the state’s public radio network.”—Keith Harrelson, Moonlight Music Café, Birmingham AL.

“If you see her once, you're sure to come back again and again.”— Sheri's Caffe del Giorno, Greenville SC.

“If you have a dream that you think is out of reach, I urge you to listen to Lauren Lapointe's song "Ballerina Girl" from her new CD “Butterfly.” This song is based on a true story and Lauren has done an exceptional job of crafting a haunting, enchanting piece to share with the world. I was so inspired the first time I heard it and even more so the second time. Be sure to listen to Lauren, and let her words inspire you so that you can someday realize the satisfaction that comes from becoming the person you always desired to be.” —Martha Ann Brooks, singer/songwriter

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David Roth

Wind River Records recording artist
I first heard Lauren at a songwriting camp a few years ago, and I thought her songs were lovely, timeless, and heartfelt. With her new CD "Butterfly" she has stepped up to full-fledged recording artist, and I'm delighted to have and hear her work in a bigger way. The world will be delighted too.
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Sloan Wainwright

Derby Disc Music recording artist
"Butterfly" is just stunning. The production is very well done and in true support of Lauren's beautifully crafted songs and silky voice.
A gifted and openhearted storyteller with a flair for melody, this recording is blessed with many "forever" songs.....songs made to last.
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Marie McGilvray

Soothing to the Soul!
I loved Lauren's first CD "Beautiful Shadow" and didn't think she could top it - but top it she did! This CD is soothing, inspiring, moving and is sure to make you smile. The songs are well crafted and the instrumentation compliments them with subtlety and grace. Great listening if you're going on a long drive. My favorites are "Butterfly", "The Mermaid's Birthday", "La Loca", "I Don't Know" and "Lady Charlotte". Thanks for a lovely listening experience Lauren!
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Treasure Camero (singer/songwriter Maryland)

Again and Again
I always play through CD’s once when I get them, then begin to pick and choose my regular rotation favorites of the songs. There are few, even in the mass production industry that I’ll listen through multiple times, but Butterfly is one of them…all the way through…again and again. It’s easy to loose yourself in the sound, but when you take the time to listen to the lyrics, they’re engaging. The stories are interesting, inspiring, and diverse. They make you feel good, and those that don’t (due to subject matter, not sound) make you dig deep.
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Bob Barlow

Just Lovely
This is just a stunning CD, straight from the core of a truly beautiful soul. Images faithfully captured, feelings powerfully expressed and a voice that defies description. Lauren’s songs are gifts you get to reopen every time you listen to this well-recorded album. And listen you will, for these are the kinds of songs you will return to, over and over. Do yourself a favor: Buy “Butterfly.” Your ears will thank you, and your spirit will soar.
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Shannon Scott

Impressive
I picked up the "Butterfly" cd at Lauren's cd release party in Savannah, GA last year and it sat idle for awhile, remaining unwrapped in my car for at least 3 weeks. I was waiting for just the right long distance car ride to give it an appropriate study. There had also been a lot of buildup and hype of the talent level of production behind its making and sure enough it proved to be more than hype and or lived up to it. Having been a fan for awhile, this work is her most developed and really shows signs of the leaps she's made through practice and performance. At first I was left even in a bit of disbelief that it was the Lauren Lapointe of before but that's how evident her growth has been as player, songwriter and singer. She went deep with this effort and its truly satisfying to hear her make the jump from just a hardworking musician with a small, localized fanbase to becoming more of a "player" in the industry. This work shows she's a force to be reckoned with beyond a small circuit and is promise of things to come at the next level. As well, I think this work will be looked back on as her transition from student to teacher or dare we say, from caterpillar to butterfly? By contrast, her previous efforts are made to feel like "Lauren the learner" to what is now, "I have something to learn from Lauren." I really enjoyed feeling in awe of her soft, loving teacher quality in these songs. This cd makes you want to show up and gather around her like she's a destination. She took obvious risks with this work and dare we say even dared a brag with her own take on "Here Comes The Rain Again" which is a hard piece to touch but hers is a wonderful ode and fits in nicely. Lauren's "La Loca" is a personal favorite and smacks of the very obscure "Joan The Mad" by the ethereal group La Nef. Same timeless story redone but Lauren makes her own classic of a classic. I was also left infatuated with "The Last Tree" and "I Don't Know" on this album. This is a 4 star piece with a 5th for effort. She's a Butterfly for sure, but in another album or two, she'll be adding Monarch to her songstress moniker.
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Lydia Wagner

A rare find!
Once in a rare while comes along a cd which one can listen to from start to finish - not wanting to skip over anything. This is such a recording. Lauren songs cover many topics in which she shares her unique perspective as a writer and musician. This cd showcases her versatility as an artist and provides a fantastic listening experience for a variety of tastes. A well crafted cd in every aspect. As a true professional, Lauren has taken great care to ensure that her cd is nothing less than brilliant. This recording will surely find a home in your cd player.
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