Was just introduced to this song by a friend. Damn, so hauntingly beautiful. And it’s got more than 308 million views on YouTube already. Didn’t know about her before. Where have I been?
Part Feist and part Joan Jett, genre-bucking Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, who operates under the stage name LP, emerged in the early 2000s with a vibrant blend of vulnerability, swagger, and steely hooks. Known for her elastic and expressive voice, which invokes names like Linda Perry, Gwen Stefani, and Chrissie Hynde.
Raised in New York on a steady diet of Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Pretenders, Nirvana, and Jeff Buckley, Pergolizzi spent her formative years honing her craft in other band before relocating to California and releasing her 2001 solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar. She began to hit her stride in 2004 with her second outing, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol. Her 200t appearance at SXSW prompted a bidding war, resulting a deal with Island.
A 2011 Citibank television commercial gained Pergolizzi a huge fan base viewers eagerly looked to the internet to discover the identity of the artist singing “Somebody left the gate open”—the track earned enough attention to warrant a CNN news piece. In 2016, Pergolizzi issued her much-anticipated fourth studio long-player, Lost on You.
• The second till the last paragraphs, originally written by James Christopher Monger.
• Featured image via Aspen Times.