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Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James, singer/songwriter, Lauriana Mae melds soulful jazz vocals with contemporary pop, R&B and hip hop music. Recently signed to Atlantic Records, Mae is set to release her debut EP entitled "Love Mae” exclusively to fans via her website on November 29th. The EP will then be available via all DSP's December 6th.
Mae collaborated with producer Kwamè (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige) on the 3 song EP, which features lyrics and melodies penned by the singer herself. It kicks off with her anthem “Money Mae”- the singer’s moniker, a shiny, horn-laden throwback banger that captures flapper-era bliss. Also included is the melancholic ballad “Love”, a reflective conversation between Mae and the emotion itself, and the punchy, percussive track "Like A Drum (Beat It)".
Lauriana began singing at home inspired by her mom who spotted her talent at an early age. She joined the church choir, which gave her the confidence to audition for a performing arts high school where she was accepted at a young age, and majored in vocal music. Eventually, Lauriana began performing at local talent shows, auditioning for various gigs, and working with different groups. The experience gave her the confidence needed to enter the studio to record songs of her own, and to establish herself as a solo artist. With her backing band "The Pains", comprised of a band of friends that stood by her along the way, Lauriana is gearing up to break the mold of popular music. She is reinventing the essence of great soul music from the past and present and bringing it to fans in a way that is distinctly Mae.
Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.
"My songs are like the actions that I can't really take." So says Mieka Pauley, a refreshingly candid artist whose vagabond background infuses The Science of Making Choices, her new full-length album due on June 26, 2012.
Frequently moving about the country in her formative years, settling down, then uprooting and starting anew: No wonder her messages have a no-time-for-B.S. vibe. While her lyrics are startling—"Never fuck a woman that you don't love," "I promise this time I won't be a psycho," "I wanna wreck your home/I wanna get your husband alone"—they're never vindictive. In fact, her confessions invite listeners to admit they share the same inner struggles and desires.
"A lot of it is true from the prospective of me thinking these things. It's all shit that I went through in my own head, like rocking in the corner," she says of her songs about retaliation ("First Stone," "Marked Man"), lust and envy ("Wreck"), desperation ("Another Go") and brokenhearted disgrace ("Never Fuck a Woman That You Don't Love"). "But I've never tried to kill a man or steal a husband," she laughs.
Pauley's career pursuits have helped her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the NEMO/Starbucks Songwriter Competition and the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. She's shared stages with household names like Natasha Bedingfield, KT Tunstall, John Legend, Edwin McCain, Ben Kweller, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas and Citizen Cope while earning herself slots at must-see music events (Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, CMJ) and high-profile gigs like singing the national anthem at Red Sox games. She's also been featured on BBC London Radio, PRI's "Mountain Stage" and the music session blog Daytrotter.
Not content to wait for label backing, Pauley has self-released all of her work, which includes three other EPs and two full-length albums. For Science she's joined forces with PledgeMusic, where her fans proved their demand for more music by donating far more than she requested to fund the project. Having worked with producer Geoff Stanfield (Firehorse, Sun Kil Moon) to create The Science of Making Choices, Pauley feels she's finally captured in the studio the same rawness she conjures when playing live. "It's finally like me making that alternative sound while still holding on to what makes my live solo show work. He was able to take that live vibe, that connection, and then put really sweet, respectful production behind it. I really love that Geoff was able to make it happen."
Other major plans are in the works besides Pauley's new album release. An edited version of "Never Fuck a Woman That You Don't Love" is a contender in the International Songwriters Contest, which includes Tom Waits, Darryl McDaniels and Tori Amos on its judges panel. Also this summer Pauley's song "Devil's Got My Secret" will be heard in the movie Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, which stars Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen.