L.A.-Based Singer-Songwriter and Audiophile Producer Lauren Wood to Release New Solo Album Love, Death & Customer Service in Early Jan. '07

The Disc Features the Smooth Jazz-Skewed Lead Single 'Contradictions,' the

Alt-Pop Standout 'Come And Live With Me' and a New Twist on the Zombies'

Classic 'Time Of The Season'



16 Jan, 2007, 00:00 ET from Lauren Wood

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles-based
 singer-songwriter, producer, audiophile and animal fancier Lauren Wood has
 been making beautiful music for over three decades. Best known for her
 global hit "Fallen" on 1990's blockbuster Pretty Woman soundtrack (Wood was
 the only unsigned act on the multi-platinum disc) and '79's Please Don't
 Leave," a Top 40 duet with Michael McDonald, she's acclaimed for
 distinctive, sultry vocals, literate songwriting and the superior sonics of
 her self-produced solo work. Citing her "moving delivery" and "spare but
 infectious arrangement," Billboard's Larry Flick has previously written,
 "Wood has an earthy, deep voice capable of soaking subtext into just about
 every syllable she utters." Lauren Wood now returns to the spotlight with
 the new album Love, Death & Customer Service (LDCS) on her own label Bad
 Art Records, set for an official release in early January, 2007.
     Early praise this time out includes fellow vocalist Patti Austin's
 comment that, "LDCS is the freshest CD I've heard in years ... and in the
 midst of a world where every singer sounds the same, Lauren has the
 freshest voice I've heard in years." Musician Dave Koz said, "Lauren Wood
 is simply a huge talent ... LDCS is filled with soul-satisfying songs with
 a unique blend of messages ... You'll get to the end and immediately want
 to have another go." It's Wood's first disc since 1999's Lauren Wood, and
 her jump from an eponymous release to the more evocatively titled LDCS
 honors major life changes including -- respectively -- the end of a long
 relationship and the start of a new one; the recent passing of Lauren's
 father, other family members, friends and a beloved pet; and existential
 vexation with post-modern life. "It's a reflection of the universe --
 having to deal with endless automation before reaching a person who is
 indifferent," she laughs. "It makes me insane!"
     It's a sentiment, of course, to which many can relate, as is the case
 with the insights and authentic emotions expressed via Wood's intelligent
 and moving songcraft on LDCS's 13 tracks. The lead single,
 "Contradictions," is an elegantly delivered, jazzy gem spotlighting her
 signature alto that explores the paradoxes inherent in human relationships
 -- "You push, you pull/It's no good, then it's wonderful ... " The
 scintillating song -- to be serviced to Smooth Jazz radio nationwide the
 week of January 2 -- also features the musicianship of Little Feat's Billy
 Payne on synth strings and Wood's cousin, viola virtuoso Novi Novog (her
 bandmate in Chunky, Novi & Ernie, with whom she released two Warner Bros.
 LPs), among other "friends of Lauren's."
     Other stand-out tracks include Wood's hep and sparkling reinvention of
 the Zombies' classic "Time Of The Season," one of only two non-Wood-penned
 songs -- the other is a lush and lovely cover of Joan Armatrading's "Can't
 Let Go." The wry and offbeat alt-pop number "Come And Live With Me" --
 LDCS's most recently written tune -- is already getting advance airplay at
 College Radio. Also notable is the inspired album closer, "Walk Toward The
 Light," an over 8-minute composition, complete with gospel choir, which
 Wood says is about, "the sadness and the celebration that happens when you
 celebrate a person's life."
     LDCS was recorded and mixed -- the latter by Michael Verdick -- in the
 artist's own studio. The mastering process -- with Kris Solem at Futuredisc
 -- took over one year, something Lauren says was a marathon even for her
 exacting audiophile standards, which are industry-renowned. "To allow the
 album to stand up to other records made today," she explains, "I needed to
 get it louder without losing the wide stereo and dynamics. It needed to be
 both loud and soft. What I found, though, was that the compressors took out
 the separation and clarity -- and the air out of my voice. I wanted this to
 be a beautiful, delicate, orchestral record, so we ended up doing massive
 experimentation before we got it right." Wood, who'd planned to become a
 visual artist before a crush on Paul McCartney led her to a life in music,
 was equally meticulous about art-directing the album's graphics and
 booklet, which features a cover painting of Lauren and her dog Norman by
 Bubbles the Artist (in collaboration with GRAMMY(R) winner Allee Willis).
     Lauren Wood's previous trio of solo albums and two with Chunky, Novi &
 Ernie, her extraordinary success with "Fallen" -- which she calls "the
 little song that could" -- and other career highlights including recordings
 with artists as diverse as Frank Zappa, Cher, Sammy Hagar, Lani Hall,
 Nicolette Larson and Gladys Knight and singing the theme song for the
 long-running sit-com Just Shoot Me are a testament to her depth and range.
 On LDCS, she hits another creative high note with, in the words of popular
 WQNR-FM/The Rock Program Director and morning show host "Wildman" Steve
 Bronson, "an album with incredible energy and substance. From the smooth
 jazz-funk feel of Steely Dan to quirky pop tunes that bring to mind David
 Byrne or Ani DiFranco, to love songs with the depth and emotion of Kate
 Bush, she brings it all off with heartfelt sincerity coupled with a
 delightful sense of humor."
     Love, Death & Customer Service will be available for purchase at major
 online retailers, select records stores and via iTunes.
                   For more options, press www.laurenwood.com
 
 

SOURCE Lauren Wood
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles-based
 singer-songwriter, producer, audiophile and animal fancier Lauren Wood has
 been making beautiful music for over three decades. Best known for her
 global hit "Fallen" on 1990's blockbuster Pretty Woman soundtrack (Wood was
 the only unsigned act on the multi-platinum disc) and '79's Please Don't
 Leave," a Top 40 duet with Michael McDonald, she's acclaimed for
 distinctive, sultry vocals, literate songwriting and the superior sonics of
 her self-produced solo work. Citing her "moving delivery" and "spare but
 infectious arrangement," Billboard's Larry Flick has previously written,
 "Wood has an earthy, deep voice capable of soaking subtext into just about
 every syllable she utters." Lauren Wood now returns to the spotlight with
 the new album Love, Death & Customer Service (LDCS) on her own label Bad
 Art Records, set for an official release in early January, 2007.
     Early praise this time out includes fellow vocalist Patti Austin's
 comment that, "LDCS is the freshest CD I've heard in years ... and in the
 midst of a world where every singer sounds the same, Lauren has the
 freshest voice I've heard in years." Musician Dave Koz said, "Lauren Wood
 is simply a huge talent ... LDCS is filled with soul-satisfying songs with
 a unique blend of messages ... You'll get to the end and immediately want
 to have another go." It's Wood's first disc since 1999's Lauren Wood, and
 her jump from an eponymous release to the more evocatively titled LDCS
 honors major life changes including -- respectively -- the end of a long
 relationship and the start of a new one; the recent passing of Lauren's
 father, other family members, friends and a beloved pet; and existential
 vexation with post-modern life. "It's a reflection of the universe --
 having to deal with endless automation before reaching a person who is
 indifferent," she laughs. "It makes me insane!"
     It's a sentiment, of course, to which many can relate, as is the case
 with the insights and authentic emotions expressed via Wood's intelligent
 and moving songcraft on LDCS's 13 tracks. The lead single,
 "Contradictions," is an elegantly delivered, jazzy gem spotlighting her
 signature alto that explores the paradoxes inherent in human relationships
 -- "You push, you pull/It's no good, then it's wonderful ... " The
 scintillating song -- to be serviced to Smooth Jazz radio nationwide the
 week of January 2 -- also features the musicianship of Little Feat's Billy
 Payne on synth strings and Wood's cousin, viola virtuoso Novi Novog (her
 bandmate in Chunky, Novi & Ernie, with whom she released two Warner Bros.
 LPs), among other "friends of Lauren's."
     Other stand-out tracks include Wood's hep and sparkling reinvention of
 the Zombies' classic "Time Of The Season," one of only two non-Wood-penned
 songs -- the other is a lush and lovely cover of Joan Armatrading's "Can't
 Let Go." The wry and offbeat alt-pop number "Come And Live With Me" --
 LDCS's most recently written tune -- is already getting advance airplay at
 College Radio. Also notable is the inspired album closer, "Walk Toward The
 Light," an over 8-minute composition, complete with gospel choir, which
 Wood says is about, "the sadness and the celebration that happens when you
 celebrate a person's life."
     LDCS was recorded and mixed -- the latter by Michael Verdick -- in the
 artist's own studio. The mastering process -- with Kris Solem at Futuredisc
 -- took over one year, something Lauren says was a marathon even for her
 exacting audiophile standards, which are industry-renowned. "To allow the
 album to stand up to other records made today," she explains, "I needed to
 get it louder without losing the wide stereo and dynamics. It needed to be
 both loud and soft. What I found, though, was that the compressors took out
 the separation and clarity -- and the air out of my voice. I wanted this to
 be a beautiful, delicate, orchestral record, so we ended up doing massive
 experimentation before we got it right." Wood, who'd planned to become a
 visual artist before a crush on Paul McCartney led her to a life in music,
 was equally meticulous about art-directing the album's graphics and
 booklet, which features a cover painting of Lauren and her dog Norman by
 Bubbles the Artist (in collaboration with GRAMMY(R) winner Allee Willis).
     Lauren Wood's previous trio of solo albums and two with Chunky, Novi &
 Ernie, her extraordinary success with "Fallen" -- which she calls "the
 little song that could" -- and other career highlights including recordings
 with artists as diverse as Frank Zappa, Cher, Sammy Hagar, Lani Hall,
 Nicolette Larson and Gladys Knight and singing the theme song for the
 long-running sit-com Just Shoot Me are a testament to her depth and range.
 On LDCS, she hits another creative high note with, in the words of popular
 WQNR-FM/The Rock Program Director and morning show host "Wildman" Steve
 Bronson, "an album with incredible energy and substance. From the smooth
 jazz-funk feel of Steely Dan to quirky pop tunes that bring to mind David
 Byrne or Ani DiFranco, to love songs with the depth and emotion of Kate
 Bush, she brings it all off with heartfelt sincerity coupled with a
 delightful sense of humor."
     Love, Death & Customer Service will be available for purchase at major
 online retailers, select records stores and via iTunes.
                   For more options, press www.laurenwood.com
 
 SOURCE Lauren Wood