With the release of her latest CD, The Collection, soul vocalist Laurneá is finally coming back home.
No, the Atlanta-based singer hasn't been on the lam, but her music has been M.I.A. in the United States for years. After leaving a major-label contract with Tracey Edmonds' Yab Yum Records, she released three damn-near-impossible-to-find albums in Japan, England and Germany, among other non-U.S. locales. Now, thanks to a new deal with New Jersey-based label Shanachie, Laurneá's breathy vocals and jazz/soul-flavored sound will be accessible to American audiences again.
"I got tired of people saying, 'You got any new music out?' I'd be like, 'Yeah, but it's expensive. You've got to get it as an import,'" says Laurneá. "So this gives me a chance to come back to the States."
Fans of Laurneá, however, shouldn't nab The Collection in search of new tunes (though chances are you haven't heard most of the songs on the CD). Her latest aptly titled project collects material from all her international releases and two from her sole Yab Yum album, Betta Listen.
"This is the first album I didn't put together. The record company came to me and asked me could they do it," she says. "The president of [Shanachie] said he was a big fan, had all my albums and was wondering why I wasn't a household name. I was grateful that someone wanted to pick it up because those songs didn't get enough play."
Of course, if you are in the mood for new gems, Laurneá reports that she's already at work on a studio album with a different sound.
"It's very dance-oriented and club friendly," she says, "without selling out."
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