Laurie Levine is a singer-songwriter carving out an original niche in contemporary folk music. Her exciting blend of American roots music and the ‘Nu-Folk’ sound has earned her critical acclaim and a growing audience. She has twice been nominated for a SAMA (South African music award) in the best Adult Contemporary category and last year she returned from the Grahamstown arts festival with a Standard Bank silver ovation award for her performances there.
Laurie Levine’s voice fuses childlike playfulness with maturity, a combination that evokes a wide range of emotions; a voice that is simply unique in its ability to engage the listener. Laurie’s catchy folk tunes are reminiscent of what you’d expect to be coming from world class contemporary folk acts the likes of Gillian Welch, Katie Melua, Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall and Emmylou Harris.
Levine`s third album ‘Six Winters’ sets a new benchmark on the South African scene for production standards, arrangement and songwriting in the female vocal genre. The combination of Laurie’s characteristic songwriting and producer Dan Roberts` unique engineering and dedicated production flair is cutting new territory and could very well head up a new movement leading us towards a rekindled appreciation of the power and the role in society of female story telling through music.
Here's what the critics have said:
“This is the greatest album of her career to date and as one of the country’s fine singer/songwriters, this should make her stand out.” The Star- Kgomotso Moncho
“American roots music is a more obvious influence than ever before, and where Levine and producer Dan Roberts have gone to Appalachia and set up camp – glorious opener Oh Brother, the spare Heaven’s Door (both reminiscent of Grammy-hogging Alison Krauss/Robert Plant project Raising Sand) as well as haunting Ryans Adams-ish duet Beautiful Loser – the songs are among the best released locally this year”. The Citizen- Bruce Denill
“Her Contemporary Folk sound draws on the American tradition and Bluegrass, with elements of Eastern European Gypsy ballads and French chanson. Her voice blends the sweetness of Katie Melua with the quirkiness of Joanna Newsome.”
Mail and Guardian- Hailey Gaunt
“From the first song you will notice how timeless this album sounds. This is top-quality listening that could easily rival any international performer.” Music Review- Clare Martens
“Levine sings alternately with the seductive suppleness of a Norah Jones, the emotional devastation of a Duffy, the poetic conviction of a Regina Spektor and the doggedness of Fiona Apple. From the sixteenth second of the album - when Levine's voice announces itself - you're caught up in the tales and anecdotes of Laurie Levine. Ritalin for the soul.” MK online- Henry Cloete
Laurie’s music was featured in the international documentary ‘Murder Most Foul’ by Oscar winning director John Blair, the South African movie ‘Jozi’ and in various South African television series. She has songs on two South African adverts, Defy and Eskom.