Pop/rock singer/songwriter LP was the featured guest for a recent installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, LP discussed her musical influences and songwriting process. LP also performed a brief set, including "Into The Wild," "Someday" and "Levitator" from her EP Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios.
"I love writing pop music and I love listening to it, but I don't want us to lose sight of [the idea] that an album is an artistic presentation … and I think it's really important," said LP. "As fast as everything is moving now, we need to take the time and listen to records."
Born Laura Pergolizzi, LP cites artists such as Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Joni Mitchell, and Jim Morrison as influences. She began her music career as the frontwoman for local N.Y. band Lionfish during the late '90s. After attracting the interest of producer/songwriter and Cracker frontman David Lowery during a live performance, she appeared on the alternative rock band's 1998 album Gentleman's Blues and subsequently toured with the group. In 2001 LP released her debut solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar, and followed with her sophomore effort, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, in 2004. Aside from her solo career, LP has collaborated with other artists, penning or co-penning songs with Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys and Rihanna, among others.
During GRAMMY Week this past February, LP performed at One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience — the GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project. In April LP released Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios, a live EP/DVD featuring the single "Into The Wild." The song was recently featured in a commercial for Citibank. LP is currently on tour throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, with select dates scheduled through October.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With Iris Dement (Aug. 9), A Conversation With Jack White (Aug. 10), Reel To Reel: My Koaloha Story, featuring ukulele luthier Alvin Okami (Aug. 28), and An Evening With The Mavericks (Sept. 5).