L. A.'s gut-level love of blues, R&B, Funk, and Soul. What musical genre defines L. A.? L A grew up in a musical household as the youngest child surrounded by 6 siblings. L. A.’s dad steeped in American Roots music spent endless Sundays tutoring her in Bluegrass, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Classic Rock, Soul, Funk, Alternative and Jazz. L. A.’s desire to become a vocalist started early drawing inspiration from her close relatives, The Staple Singers. Her parents encouraged her to play every wind instrument and percussion and illustrating her talent, strength, and diversity.
L. A. also grew up in the midst of a musical revolution in 1980s Ohio; the epicenter of Funk--a fusion of R&B, Rock and Blues--Funk defines so much of L. A.'s core raised on bands including Cameo, the Ohio Players, Lakeside and Dazzband. But it was not just Funk, she was heavily influenced by Motown and Pop. L. A. has been described as Chaka Kahn meets Phyllis Hyman. Phyllis, however, is L. A.'s alter ego; a contralto, L. A. possesses a haunting similarity to her alto range, timbre, and love of ballads with lyrics that tug at your heart.
Longing to sing with a band, L. A. went to every open mic night all over Maryland winning every contest she entered, earning over $100,000. Auditioning several times, L. A. finally hooked up with Dublin Soul, renamed Joy Ride. --L. A. formed her own band, The Unusual Suspects, playing at festivals, private gigs, and clubs in the mid-Atlantic region. L. A. has recorded in the studio with members of the great jazz band, Pieces of A Dream. L. A. is currently recording original tracks written /produced by multiple Grammy nominee, Jonathan Lesane with the Grainger Brothers. Her recent cover of Phyllis Hyman’s, No One Can Love You More, has been released simultaneously throughout the UK, the EU, and America