Lawrence Cooley

Lawrence Cooley

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Pop - Alternative | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 765   
Member Since: 2011
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Lawrence Cooley

Lawrence Cooley was born and raised in Tarrytown NY and by the age of 8 he was writing songs on a keyboard. He then learned how to play the guitar and drums and by high school he was directing stage band and winning every battle of the bands he entered into. Subsequently Lawrence has had a great career in performing, recording, and writing his own music. Lawrence was invited to perform at Woodstock '94 with his band "Straight Wired" which at the time was one of New York's top drawing bands.
Over the years, Lawrence has developed a unique style of percussive acoustic playing, blending many styles of music. His vocal ability has been said to be his greatest quality. Steve Tarkanish, of Stars Productions, after hearing him, offered him a contract and said, " In all these years I have yet to hear a voice like yours that can emulate so many artists, sing so many different styles and still have a unique sound of it's own". Brother, an original song written by Lawrence was recorded and produced by Russ Desalvo (and a Philharmonic Quartet string arrangement scored by Rob Matthes) who complemented Lawrence by saying " I have been a successful songwriter in the industry for many years and I don't know if I could write a song as beautiful as Brother." Brother was released on I-tunes and Amazon, featured on Montel Williams. org to benefit the Montel Williams M.S foundation. "Utopian World,"Lawrence Cooley's debut album is also available on I-tunes and amazon. Track 3, the album title, speaks of peace and love. "If love could rule could these wars all be through," i think this sets the tone for the rest of the album. Track 1-people are people-"history has proven me, people dying too often so rationally" Utopian world was produced by Nunzio Signore @ crib studios Brooklyn N.Y. The musicians who recorded on this album and in his band, are some of Lawrence's favorite musicians in N.Y.C, who have all played with some the greats: Bo Diddley , Brian Mcnight, P-funk, Sly and the family stone, and many more. To compare Lawrence to other artists to get an idea of his style is of course difficult, but many people have said he sounds like a funky Dave Matthews when playing acoustic, and a Lenny Kravitz/Robert Plant, Jimmy Page when on electric.
Whether as solo acoustic or with his full band "Lawrence Cooley Band" he is a must- see act. As a front man he exceeds most audiences expectations, leaving those in tune exhilerated and exhausted at times. He delivers and radiates emotion to everyone in the room, including them, making everyone a part of it all. Currently Lawrence performs from 2 to 5 nights a week in the tri-state area. He is the music director for the Montauk Music Festival which takes place in mid-May.