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Someday We'll All Be Free

by Lo Marie

"Someday We'll All Be Free" is a moving song by Donny Hathaway and Edward Howard. Lo Marie re-imagines this song in a hopeful, uplifting, and stunningly intimate arrangement for string quintet, Rhodes, and voice.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Neo-Soul
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Every night African daisies close up, a gesture interpreted as being protective of their vulnerably beautiful pedal display. In the morning, these flowers burst open and share with the world their bold essence. Multi-award-winning jazz-tinged neo-soul artist Lo Marie will release a song called “African Daisy” as part of a series of singles to eventually be bundled together as the album Le Rêve. The African daisy phenomenon is emblematic of a profound shift in her personal and creative continuums.

Lo Marie has blossomed as a confident artist with a focused vision. In this spirit, she opted to self-produce. “I feel ready to speak up for myself as an artist. I know who I am, and I’ve been fortunate to make a name for myself in my hometown. Stepping into the producer’s role has been the biggest thing for me this year, but, thankfully, I had the resources and a support system to make this all happen,” the Madison, Wisconsin-based artist shares.

Lo Marie’s aesthetic encompasses jazz harmonic constructs, urban grooves, soulful guitar passages, and the expressivity of the jazz and neo-soul vocal traditions. Lo Marie’s latest, the seven-song collection, Le Rêve, is edgier and more urban-slanted than her previous releases. The basslines are more crafted to fit the songs, supporting Lo Marie’s soulfully sophisticated jazz guitar playing, and providing counterpoint to her sensually emotive vocals. This low-end prominence also fosters more of a neo-soul groove pocket.

Lyrically, this body of work is Lo Marie’s strongest. “This album is a celebration of freedom of creativity and expression. The themes here are more mature, and the feeling is confident, hopeful, and empowering,” she shares. This spirit is powerfully captured by a stunningly intimate version of “Someday We’ll Be Free” as made popular by Donny Hathaway.

"Someday We'll All Be Free" is the first in a series of seven singles that will be packaged as the album Le Rêve. Select highlights in this body of work include “All The Love,” “Imperfect Goddess,” and “African Daisy.” The track “All The Love” features honeyed low-register vocals, airy harmony vocals, and lush orchestral acoustic flourishes. The song is purposeful and poignant. “That song is about giving someone who is hurting love, and the transformative power this can have on someone in need,” says Lo Marie. The sweet soul-jazz of “Imperfect Goddess” evokes Roberta Flack. And the empowering “African Daisy” features gorgeous gospel-inflected electric piano, jazz horn splashes, and breezily seductive vocals that whisk you away.

Album basics were recorded in Nashville at Randy Poole’s beloved studio, The Poole Room, where Lo Marie recorded her previous two records. From there, the tracks went on a journey to New York, New Hampshire, and Maryland. Central to the record was bassist and mix engineer Conrad St. Clair who worked closely with Lo Marie, crafting parts and helping shape the music. Also joining the team was Lo Marie’s longtime musical partner, Melanie Alvey, who arranged strings and played first violin, and Melanie’s husband, John Alvey, who played drums on a majority of the tracks.

In summer 2019, Lo Marie will be touring nationally and internationally with select summer dates in Germany, France, and Belgium. Looking ahead, Lo Marie says: “One of the most meaningful things about playing live is making connections and new friends through music. I want to share with people light-hearted, intimate, and uplifting moments in performance.”


Lo Marie, vocals
Avila Soul String Quintet:
o Melanie Joy Alvey, violin
o Travis Patton, violin
o Brett Shocker, viola
o Tim Kampen, cello
o Quentin Flowers, upright bass
Jason Webb, keys

String arrangement by Melanie Joy Alvey
Recorded at The Poole Room with Randy Poole and The Library with Bobby Shin
Mixed at The Dept. of Works and Oak Hill Music by Conrad St. Clair
Mastered at Mastersuite by Jay Frigoletto
Artwork by Megan Bloesch

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