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To a Place

by Laura Shay

Acoustic piano and guitar driven music. Genuine singer/songwriter. Confessional lyrics and sultry vocals.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On and On
3:56 $0.99
2. Toronto
3:42 $0.99
3. This Crazy Scene
4:09 $0.99
4. Better Land
5:57 $0.99
5. You Take Me
5:10 $0.99
6. Sin
5:08 $0.99
7. Tired and Torn
4:36 $0.99
8. The Motions
5:02 $0.99
9. Do You Know Who I Am
3:38 $0.99
10. Make Our Own Damn Rules
5:16 $0.99
11. Learning
5:36 $0.99
12. Anyway
4:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The vulnerability she brings to her songs does prove compelling. Whether she's sharing her uncertainties about her choices as a person and an artist, grappling with indoctrinated religion or finding comfort in fleeting moments of escape, Shay delivers them with a simmering intensity, her struggle to break through convention and conformity to embrace the totality of who she is and have that be accepted a common and relatable thread. The warmth of her vocals, steeped in raw sensuality and sensitivity, only serves to underscore such uncompromising honesty." -Naila Francis, The Doylestown Intelligencer

At the age of sixteen, a songwriter was born in Laura Shay. If you ask Laura to describe her style, she will tell you that the emotion dictates the song – you’ll find elements of pop, rock, jazz, blues, folk and soul in her songwriting, but the common thread among Laura’s music: raw emotion.

Now, at the age of 24, Laura has two full-length albums under her belt – Stories of My Life, released in 2000, was recorded in a home studio where Laura worked in exchange for recording time. It was a first attempt for this untrained singer/songwriter, and the album was well received by fans – it was a raw glimpse into the life of a teenage old soul.

In 2005, after college and in the midst of graduate school, Laura recorded and released her follow-up album, To a Place. Recorded at Morning Star Studios under the tutelage of Grammy award winning engineer, Glenn Barratt, this self-produced album featured a significantly more polished, structured sound, accented by Laura’s new band members – Dominic Cole [guitars], Michael Litt [drums], and Bob Blinebury [bass]. Although her songwriting had profoundly evolved, Laura’s lyrics remained genuinely observant, brutally honest, and utterly relatable. This new sound attracted a new audience that embraced Laura as a true artist.

Laura spent 2006 promoting her new record, focusing on listening rooms along the East Coast. Sometimes alone and sometimes with her band, now featuring Andy McGowan [bass], Laura is a force to be reckoned with onstage. Hailed for her intense stage presence and dynamic live performances, Laura puts her body and soul into every note – she lets the music play her.

Laura and the band are currently recording her third full-length album at Turtle Studios with the help of co-producer of Jeff Hiatt [The Lowlands]. In the meantime, Laura continues to play local venues, building her fan base one listener at a time.



to write a review (July 2005)

exceptional review (July 2005 Laura Shay)very good review

Denise M. Charlton

A truly beautiful work of art. Laura's lyrics are way beyond her years and her voice is pure truth. Buy this cd for everyone you know!

Mike McLaughlin

Pure and Intense
If you haven't purchased this CD you are missing a great ride


Everybody remembers buying their first LP and playing it over and over again. Laura Shay’s “To a Place” is that LP. I can’t seem to turn it off. It’s so easy to get lost in the sharp, moving words and the entrancing voice of Laura Shay. Few songwriters can actually deliver their soul in a song but Laura surrenders her heart and soul in every track. From the exhilarating and upbeat “Toronto,” to the haunting and gripping “Learning,” Laura will have your car windows down in January and have you kicking around the dusty alleys of your own soul. We saw her at the Puck in Doylestown where she electrified the packed house. Don’t miss the opportunity to see her live. And you can’t go wrong with this awesome CD. She’s the real deal.

Dana Venne

Amazing, Beautiful, and True-to-Life
Laura Shay's album, "To a Place," is nothing short of amazing. It's honest. It's real. It leaves you feeling something. Her voice is gorgeous, vulnerable, and strong all at the same time. The lyrics are intelligent and sincere. The instrumentals are beautiful. Every song leaves your heart feeling something it didn't prior to hearing it. This artist has great things ahead of her.

Mike Brill

Musically and lyrically it is a captivating journey-
An awesome spectrum of dynamics and emotiens.
Real life through music.


Awesome CD!
I have Laura's first CD and was anxiously awaiting this new release. It was worth the wait! Beautiful vocals and amazing arrangements!! I especially love Sin and Toronto.

jack thompson

To A Place
I saw Laura Shay at Puck in Doylestown Pa. I came home and bought the CD right away. It took 2 times to absorb the emotion I experienced live. It was her Dad's birthday so it was a special night. I told him, "Your daughter is truly gifted, very special. We really connected to her emotionally. She has an amazing stage presence because she is so real." I will see her again every time I get the chance. She just tore me up. I'm really looking forward to the next CD and tour.