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birthday
18th
March, 1981
Birth Sign
pisces
Biography

LP is Laura Pergolizzi, an American singer from Long Island, New York City. Since 1998, she’s been writing and performing her own music, as well as writing songs for others. 

Her songwriting credits are impressive, including Rihanna’s song “Cheers (Drink to That)” (November 2010), the Backstreet Boys’ “Love Will Keep You Up All Night” (October 2007), and Leona Lewis’ “Fingerprint” (October 2012). She’s released five albums and numerous EPs and singles, dropping her first full-length record in 2001. She’s also collaborated with artists like Billy Steinberg and Claude Kelly. 

instruments played
Vocals
Also Known As

LP

Genres

Pop rock, alternative rock

Labels

Warner Bros. Records (2012-present)

Occupations

Singer-songwriter

Website
Years Active

1998 - present

How LP Got Started in Music 

Before she became a world-famous musician, Laura Pergolizzi grew up in Long Island. Born half-Irish, half-Italian, she showed promise as a musician from an early age. After relocating to Manhattan, she took the stage name LP, a clever moniker with a double meaning. In addition to being her initials, Laura’s stage name is also an acronym for “long-playing record,” a term used for analog 12-inch vinyl records that play at 33 ⅓ RPM. Laura definitely knew what she was doing when she adopted “LP” as her alias, and the name has stuck for over a decade.  While performing as LP, Laura was discovered by musician David Lowery of Cracker fame. Lowery was impressed with LP’s performance and featured her on one of the songs on Gentleman’s Blues, the band’s fourth record. Not long after, LP got signed to Koch Records and made her debut with 2001’s Heart-Shaped Scar.

Embracing the Grind: LP’s Early Work 

LP worked long and hard to make a name for herself. Her first few albums didn’t gain much traction, but they put her on the radar of music critics. Heart-Shaped Scar, her debut, was released in the age of compact discs, a time when CD sales could make or break a musician’s career. At the time, LP struggled to sell many copies, but she did start building up a loyal following of devoted fans.  Her second record, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, wasn’t a commercial success, but the singer from the United States didn’t stop trying. After her sophomore release, she didn’t put out another record for the next ten years.  However, she was far from dormant during that decade. She took to songwriting for other artists, building up an impressive portfolio of hits. Through her hard work, she honed her skills as a writer and musician, preparing her for the success to come.

Making Hits Behind the Scenes 

Before becoming a star in her own right, LP wrote for some of the biggest artists in the world after signing with 2011 Records in August of 2010. The nuances of her lyrics were compelling enough to convince Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Greyson Chance, Rita Ora, and others to have LP write for them, leading to her major label breakthroughs.

Into the Wild: LP’s First Hit 

After high-profile collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, LP finally released a few songs of her own again. In April 2012, she put out Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, a five-track extended play highlighted by the title track. A raucous, ukulele-driven ballad, the infectious song is highlighted by LP’s impeccable whistling skills.  In addition to scoring her a hit, Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios was also LP’s major-label debut. She released the EP through Warner Bros. Records, with who she stuck for her first album in a decade, 2014’s Forever for Now.

Forever for Now: A Critical and Commercial Smash

On June 2, 2014, LP’s fans finally got what they were waiting for: a third album. Forever for Now was produced by Rob Cavallo and features the singles “Someday” and “Night Like This,” both of which earned praise from critics.  Stephen T. Erlewine, writing for AllMusic, called the album “a combination of LP’s savvy pop sensibility and the cool commercial instincts of Rob Cavallo.” The production and songwriting both earned rave reviews from many other critics, and it was abundantly clear that LP’s career was just beginning.

Lost on You and Heart to Mouth 

In December of 2016, LP put out her fourth studio album, Lost on You, via Vagrant Records. The record’s titular track was a worldwide hit, gaining spots on the US alternative charts and going Platinum and Gold in multiple countries. “Lost on You” was produced by Nate Campany and Mike Del Rio, the latter of whom went on to executive produce the album’s follow-up. After the success of Lost on You, LP dropped another smash hit album a year later – Heart to Mouth. Featuring the work of a host of high-profile producers – Cautious Clay, Mika, Mondo Cozmo, and Pat Morrissey, to name a few – the album made it to No. 2 on the Billboard US Heatseekers albums chart. 

Worldwide Touring and An Upcoming Album

After the release of Heart to Mouth, LP went on tour in support of the record. After her show in Moscow, she released a live album with recordings from one of the biggest performances of her career. LP’s upcoming album, Churches, is set to come out on October 8, 2021, and it will be interesting to see its effects on the music industry.

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