Craig Lawrence: Lay It On The Line LP
City living can be tough. The constant pressures, the crowds, the noise, and the crime can break a person down or make them hard, but through all its highs and lows, New York City-based singer-songwriter Craig Lawrence always finds the beauty and positivity in his surroundings.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Lawrence grew up exposed to both the urban grit and cultural offerings of his city. Starting in his teens, he developed a huge and varied appetite for music and nightlife before he emerged as a solo artist over the last decade. Now based in Manhattan, Lawrence’s early folk-rock, guitar-driven explorations have given way to a contemporary, pop-soul explosion flanked with danceable grooves and dreamy flourishes that match his sweet, earnest, and energetic appeal. Through his music, Lawrence hopes to reach listeners on an intimate level and inspire others to embrace joy.
That passion provides the basis for Lawrence’s album which will be re-released in 2016. Produced with Assaf Spector, the record’s eight carefully-crafted tracks showcase Lawrence’s diverse and adventurous songwriting chops, romantic lyricism, and uplifting spirit. Highlights include the acoustic guitar-led “Set Us Free” and the enchanting bloom of “Ruby Lights.”
Earlier this year, Lawrence released his debut single, “Lay it on the Line.” The song, along with an impressive video directed by Chris Walters (Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, 50 Cent), was met with positive reception and gave the world a glimpse of what musical tricks Lawrence has up his sleeve.
Armed with a full band, Lawrence has been bringing his high-energy live show to some of the finest venues throughout New York including the Living Room in Manhattan, Irving Plaza, and the Highline Ballroom. With attention and acclaim already mounting he hints that following the album’s release there are much bigger plans in store.