Rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies are the hallmark of Loretta Hagen's musical career. A 2011 winner of the New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. She brings her songs to life with gentle sincerity and tongue-in-cheek musings through her depiction of the human experience in today's economic and social climates. Loretta's melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.
Loretta Hagen is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose musical career spans two decades. Weaving folk, country, rock and blues, she writes songs with strong, catchy melodies and passionate poignant lyrics, and delivers them in her rich alto voice.
Hagen has shared the stage with Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, John Gorka, Jonathan Edwards, Johnny Winter, Ellis Paul, Richie Havens, Ollabelle, Gin Blossoms, The Kennedys, Gretchen Wilson, Buskin & Batteau, Kim Richey and Bearfoot, and has headlined many of her own shows.
She's performed in many concert venues and festivals such as Music At The Mission, Outpost In The Burbs, The Mainstage, Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Acoustic Cafe, Listen Live Music, Borderline Folk Music Club, FMSHNY Hard Luck Cafe, Art Barn Songwriters Series, SteelStacks, Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Bluebird Cafe, Black Potatoe Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Acoustic Live in NYC Showcase, Musikfest, SS Cape May, New Jersey Folk Festival, and Hudson Valley Songfest and Music Expo6.
Following her critically acclaimed CD Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country. Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother who suffers with Alzheimer's Disease. The emotionally charged ballad is included on the soundtrack of a film called "10 Mountains 10 Years" chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising awareness about the disease. Hagen released her highly anticipated CD Mud and Stone with Trespass Music at an official concert release party held at the Borderline Folk Music Club on Feb. 19, 2012 in NY.
Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and harmony vocalist and djembe player Linda Lambiase, or with full band if requested. www.LorettaHagen.com