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Hullabaloo

by Laura Hull

Vocalist/songwriter Laura Hull combines rich, sultry vocals and lush phrasing with poignant, introspective storytelling in this adult contemporary collection of original music, ranging from jazz to easy listening.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Spell Remains
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2. Crescent Moon
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3. It's Only Me
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4. Being By Myself
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5. Without A Word
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6. Spin I'm In
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7. Distant Shores
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8. Reckless Heart
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9. October Blue
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10. Vacancy In My Heart
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11. Living Out Loud
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Laura Hull has always had a song in her heart, and recently, a very persistent melody on her mind. It wasn’t long after Laura began piano lessons that she set about the task of writing her first original tune. Once the lyrics were written and the song transcribed, she sang it for the first time to a critical audience at a weekly singers showcase. The response was so enthusiastic, that Laura was inspired to return to keyboard and keypad and write more songs.

That initial effort, “Crescent Moon,” can be heard on Hullabaloo, Laura’s debut CD of all-original tunes, released May 2006 from Hullarious Records. “Moon” tells the whimsical tale of a young girl, smitten by romance, swinging from an imaginary crescent moon while singing her song of love to the stars.

Co-produced by pianist/arranger Patrick Firth, Hullabaloo is also a testament to Laura’s ongoing appreciation for music education and vocal interpretation.

The hypnotic “Spell Remains,” is a story of reflection about a woman at a crossroads in life, who recognizes there is so much to gain and just as much to lose when making choices, the song which garnered Laura an award from the Billboard World Songwriting Contest; In the jazzy, 40s-style “Vacancy in My Heart” a woman sings about making her dreams come true while looking for someone new, the song which garnered Laura a 2005 Great American Song Contest Honor Award. The rousing “Living Out Loud” celebrates the passion of a woman following her dreams.

Two songs are connected by a common and powerful theme, loss. Laura’s sparse yet weepy vocals on “Without a Word” convey a woman’s emotional pain when her man leaves her, and in the autobiographical “October Blue,” Laura poignantly writes and sings about missing her father. Both allow the listener to focus on the lyric and story, brought to life by the lush tones and phrasing of her vocals.

“Hullabaloo is about reflection, acceptance, and the perspective,” says Laura about the overriding themes of her new CD. “The title, Hullabaloo, conveys its meaning quite well – that of great noise and uproar. So wherever you are in life, remember, you're never too old to get loud – and make a big Hullabaloo!”

Laura’s journey into music began at the tender age of seven thanks to her dad who shared his love of music with his young daughter. When she played the lead role in an all-girls summer camp production of The King and I, Laura realized that even at seven, she could express herself through music.

A native of New York City, Laura spent her formative years singing at the resorts of upstate New York's fabled Catskill Mountains, where she practiced her craft performing with numerous bands and learned to sing in a variety of genres and styles. She later worked as a session singer for a major studio, jingle singer for several agencies, and showcased her singing at clubs in and around New York City.

Of course, there were the usual detours along the way. In 1979, Laura pursued a business career in corporate America and placed her music career on hold. Twenty-four years later, she launched her return to the stage with her one-woman show which played to excellent notices during a successful tri-city run. Before long, Laura landed an 18-month engagement hosting the live music program for a 4-star hotel. Producing quickly followed when Laura created Hullarious Productions, her boutique booking agency, followed by a consulting business that grew out of requests to provide coaching, creative, and business management services. In 2006, she executive produced and released “Hullabaloo,” her debut CD of original music under her Hullarious label, which garnered several songwriting awards and received major radio play around the U.S. Her original compositions have been licensed and her music is heard in domestic and international markets.

Laura’s distinctive vocal interpretations create her singular style. Her extensive repertoire is drawn from the American songbook and jazz standards, as well as her original music. She performs with best in class musicians drawn from the New York and New Jersey jazz scene, and has appeared at numerous venues and for private and corporate events. Laura is a member of Manhattan Artists and Cabarets, Recording Academy, and the New Jersey Jazz Society, where she serves as President.


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Smother Magazine


Starry eyed songstress Laura Hull turns in a terrific brand of adult contemporary jazz vocals. Swayed with sweeping vocal harmonies and curving verb usage, Hull’s lyrical twists have earned her Honorable Mentions in the 13th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest and a 7th Annual Great American Song Contest Honor award. Keeping true to her jazz scene she is one of a trio in a vocal ensemble known as 3 For the Show and serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Jazz Society. Good songwriting combined with fantastic session musicians equals a dynamite AC album.

Jazz Police


Hull’s sophomore release Hullabaloo showcases her compositional skills coupled with a smooth and silky vocal presentation of jazz, smooth jazz and flavors of adult contemporary mixed into a tasty entrée of colorful textures and an expressive vocal presentation. The first cut, “The Spell Remains,” is a smooth jazz delight that is catchy and filled with impressive musical hooks. Hull’s voice is captivating and relaxing, her lyric abilities really shine through on several cuts including; “Spin I’m In” and “Vacancy in My Heart.” Hull’s program ranges from track to track creating a varied ride. Her cabaret roots are prevalent in each track but especially on “Living Out Loud.” Overall, Hullabaloo is perfect for fans that enjoy a texture change from track to track with a Jazz, Adult Contemporary flavor. Hull has certainly set the stage as an artist with many talents ranging from vocalist, composer to lyricist - a welcome release among any collection.

Laura Hull Goldzung


“Laura Hull is a feast for your ears. She sings to you and not at you. She swings, she’s comfy with a ballad, and she’s here to stay. Her current CD, “Hullabaloo,” is a delight.”
– John Bohannon, Jazz Café, WRHU Radio, Hempstead, NY

Bruce Von Steirs

BVSReviews.com
“You can almost picture the smile on Laura’s face as she sings. She has a lot of energy and you can hear it in her music.”

Steve LaSpina

Master Bassist & Composer
“Laura Hull is a first class vocalist who really understands the American song book — it’s always a pleasure to work with her."

Joey Reynolds

Radio Talk Show Host
“Laura Hull has great chops.”

Jim Stone

Big Band Swing, WLNZ Radio, Lansing, MI
“The multi talented Hull brings us a fresh new style and interpretation of a song…not only is she a fabulous singer, she writes all her own material. She's exactly what we have been waiting for.”

John Meyer

Songwriter & Novelist
“The sunny optimism in Laura Hull’s singing lets you feel that everything’s gonna be not only fine – but so much fun.”

AllAboutJazz.com


“Laura Hull’s songs are presented in a bouncy, midtempo setting and serve as reminders of a time when quality songwriters like Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne were composing material. It is relatively easy to foresee that these compositions could easily have musical longevity. Spell Remains, is a winning up-tempo composition.”

eJazzNews.com


“She sings with conviction while often conveying childlike passion, whether singing atop rock/soul grooves or blithely swinging jazz vamps.”
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