Ah, the voice is strong with this one! Laney Jones released her self-titled album last month, with strong reviews from Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists you need to know” and Elmore Magazine’s Savannah Davanzo: “Though her accolades tell us she is talented, her music tells us she is special.” The album was released March 11, and is available for listening on her website or on Spotify. The album can be purchased on ITunes. Here is a video from Laney called “Dance Around” – which of course, will make you want to dance around…
This was an unusual one for me – I rarely feel the absolute need to purchase an artist’s music after listening to an album for review, but I cannot get enough of Laney’s voice! She conveys complex emotion with every breath, and I’m happy to go along for the ride! As a vocalist, I appreciate the melodic and on-point pitch – I also recognize that her use of breathing and inflection are downright amazing. The control that it takes to create some of the techniques is very impressive.
Laney is an expert at communication, and she has lived life with intent. She began studying international business, but found that her interest and talent led her to songwriting and composing. At the age of 24, Laney Jones has already achieved a great deal of success in her chosen field. According to Maria Drummond of the Press House, Laney’s moved up from rural Florida clubs to performing on PBS alongside (such greats as) Alison Krauss in a few short years — her music is in steady rotation on more than 50 CMJ indie radio stations. She’s won many prestigious songwriting contests including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and has played at both New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Arts.
I was so overwhelmed by the honesty and purity in Laney’s vocals, that I really can not get much farther. I am lost in the lyrics and the tone of her voice. Normally, I hear all the instrumentals first – but her voice stands out with its pure organic quality. For such a young woman, she certainly has remarkable self-awareness. The Press House describes the newly released album as a “mixture of timeless sounds with modern textures and grooves, produced by Grammy-nominated David Plakon (Wild Child, Young Rapids and Roadkill Ghost Choir). More rock and roll than folk, Laney’s sound on the 10-song collection is reminiscent of 1960s and 70s singer-songwriters, while she discusses relatable themes of self-discovery, growing up and finding a personal identity.”
Laney arrives in Portland for a show at one of my favorite local venues – McMemamin’s White Eagle Saloon on April 28. Keep watching – I plan to ask her some questions about her musical influences and the experiences that have shaped her songwriting. I look forward to meeting this talented young musician in person, and am so happy to have been introduced to her music! Follow Laney on social media as she approaches Portland on her current tour!