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Raised between Reykjavík and Washington, DC, Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter Laufey (pron. / lay-vay / ) makes music that is the byproduct of rich cultural heritages and mixed musical influences. Inspired in part by her mother, a classical violinist, Laufey took up piano and cello early on. But it wasn't until deep-diving into her father's record collection, consisting of jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, that she launched into her musical journey.

"I'm definitely very influenced by composers like Ravel and Chopin," the 24-year old musician explains, "but when I discovered the Great American Songbook and the music of George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, it felt like this middle ground between jazz and classical that suited me perfectly."

In 2020, while still a student at Berklee College of Music, Laufey released her debut single, “Street by Street,” which went on to top the Icelandic radio charts. Following the release of her 2021 Typical of Me EP, Laufey hosted her own show on BBC Radio 3/BBC Sounds. Her debut full-length, Everything I Know About Love, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Album chart, and the lead single “Valentine” peaked at #1 on the Spotify Jazz Chart. In 2022 Laufey was the most streamed jazz artist on Spotify, with 425 million streams across all platforms.

Laufey dove headfirst into the musical canon, captivated by the lush arrangements and dreamy vocals, and by her early teenage years, she was turning heads with a mesmerizing style that belied her young age. Attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Laufey began cementing her distinct blend of tender jazz melodies and slow-burning R&B grooves.

As a classically-trained musician, Laufey's songs are produced and performed as jazz tunes, but the songwriting follows a more modern and relatable blueprint, one taken straight from her own intimate experiences in life and love. Her debut lead single, "Street by Street," is an empowering declaration of intent to reclaim her relationship with the city of Boston, as jeopardized by the associated memories of a painful breakup. ​Through free-form scatting and reposeful vocal styling, Laufey transforms her heartfelt truths into a revived classic sound for contemporary audiences to resonate with.

Unable to tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laufey instead took to Instagram and TikTok, performing a mix of originals and classic jazz standards. Within a year, she found herself garnering an impressive Gen-Z social following propelling her work to a newfound audience. Her songwriting has seen her gain new fans in Billie Eilish, Willow Smith, V from BTS, dodie, Ricky Montgomery, and Alexander 23, the latter two of which Laufey went on to support on their sold-out fall 2021 tours.

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Radio & Podcasts

Laufey, Brian Auger, Nathalie Cressman, Charlie Gabriel & More New Releases

Read "Laufey, Brian Auger, Nathalie Cressman, Charlie Gabriel & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Duos galore in this set and an inter-generational array of artists, ranging from young up-and-comers in their early 20s to revered octogenarians delving into their vaults... or making their leader-debut! And much more... Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Natalie Cressman, Ian Faquini “Afoxé pra Oxum" Auburn Whisper (GroundUP) 0:16 Host talks 3:53 Laufey, Dodie “Love to Keep Me Warm" Love to Keep Me Warm -Single (Laufey) 5:43 ...

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Laufey To Headline At Rochester International Jazz Festival June 26

Laufey To Headline At Rochester International Jazz Festival June 26

Source: Dalmath Associates Inc.

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the world's leading jazz festivals, is proud to present Laufey, at the Festival's nine-day 21st Edition on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time only at rochesterjazz.com or by phone at (585) 454-2060. Tickets are $73/63/53/33 plus service charge. Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) is a phenomenal young artist who crosses boundaries and meshes the old with the ...

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