Laura Powers, who first began songwriting in her late teens says, "I'm drawn to writing songs that have a strong melody, beautiful harmonies and layered vocal arrangements. I'm also influenced by the time-honored structure of the great songs of earlier eras."
The daughter of a military officer, Laura Powers spent much of her youth living in various parts of the world. She studied abroad and began singing professionally in college. She went on to land a recording deal with Carrere Records in Paris, France where she had several successful singles and appeared internationally on radio and television, including Radio Luxemburg. In addition to her background as a live performer, Powers' craftsmanship as a songwriter has made a name for herself in the music and film industries and her songs have been covered by numerous recording artists.
This three-CD collection (Legends of the Goddess, Beyond the Pale: Legends of the Goddess II, and Trilogy: Legends of the Goddess III) features musical themes based on the Celtic goddess of ancient myth. She did extensive research on her long-time fascination with Celtic mythology to create the music for this project. Enhanced by instrumentation such as tin whistle, uilleann pipes and Irish flute, the influence of European pop can be heard throughout the records and lyrically, it is the metaphysical/mythological aspect of Celtic legends that is the central focus. In addition, Powers utilized her gifts as a painter to create the original cover art on all three CDs, melding the lyrical imagery with her oil paintings to present a timeless collection of music and art.
Code of the Goddess is her most recent CD project. A musical companion to the novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, it consists of favorite works and new material that follow the characters and storyline of the novel.
A Celtic Journey is a CD featuring 65 minutes of continuous, uninterrupted instrumental music for massage, relaxation, yoga and bodywork. This CD was made after numerous requests from massage therapists who enjoyed the Celtic-inspired vocal CDs, and wanted an hour's worth of continuous, flowing instrumental music.
Explains Powers, "When I write music for my CDs, I think partially in terms of the kind of music that I'd like to paint to, because when I paint I'm on a different level of awareness. I wanted music that would help take me, and the listener, to that level."
What the reviewers said:
Magical Blend: "The music is a powerful and haunting blend of Celtic rhythms, containing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, Irish flute, accordion and Uilleann pipes. Laura Powers has a magnificent voice and will soon be listed among such singers as Loreena McKennitt, Mary Black and Enya"-John Osborne
New Age Retailer: "Powers sings with passion and conviction, her strong voice ringing out like the goddess she sings of. A delightful discovery, "Legends of the Goddess" is a terrific first effort by a talented new artist."-Steve Ryals