Lael Summer is an expressive and sultry singer/songwriter bringing a fresh pop twist to classic soul. Born and raised in NYC, Lael’s love of music was apparent early on. By the age of 2 she could sing every song from the Sound of Music; by age 10 she was taking voice lessons and had her first showcase where she brought the entire audience to tears with her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful.’ At 14, she opened for Jon Anderson of 'Yes' at B.B. King’s, singing Cat Steven’s ‘Peace Train.’
Currently Lael is a junior in The University of Southern California’s elite Popular Music program. In her freshman year she opened for Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band with a smoldering version of Sly’s ‘Thank You' and Joplin’s ‘Piece of My Heart.'
Lael has just released her debut EP, Lael Summer, featuring 4 songs from her forthcoming album, Burden to Bear. You can find Lael performing songs from this album on August 10 at The Triad Theatre in NYC.
On July 27, 28, & 31, and August 3, 4, & 5, Lael will be performing with Tomás Doncker http://tomasdoncker.net/ in his multi-media global soul extravaganza, Power of the Trinity, as part of NYC’s 2012 Summerstage Concert Series.
Lael is also involved with performance artist Marla Mase’s Stay Imperfect Project, a multi-tiered campaign designed to raise awareness about eating disorders and promote self-esteem and empowerment through the performing arts. The Good Fight, Lael’s first single, is spearheading this campaign.