|Laura Reed performs at The Pour House|
in Raleigh, NC on Friday, August 23
Reed hooked up with Nashville based producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum) and suddenly her music flourished. Worley connected Reed with the Grammy Award-winning songwriter Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, John Legend) and the two began working on Reeds forthcoming solo album The Awakening. The album couldn't be more aptly titled, as working with Sanders has given Reed's music the boost that it needed to reach the masses. Reed's quintessential messages of hope, unity and inspiration are still found in bunches, but the songs pack a heavier punch. The Awakening's lead single "Wake Up" is the perfect example of this, the song is filled with vibrant rhythms, robust melodies and a constant, snapping drumbeat that compels listeners to tap a foot, nod their head or let loose in uninhibited dance.
That's the sort of honesty that's being conveyed through Reed's music, it's an innate desire to spread joy. Reed has recently been opening for acts like India.Arie, Miguel and Anthony Hamilton, but this Friday night she'll be tearing down The Pour House with her rambunctious take on soulful R&B. The Chit Nasty Band will be opening the show, another funky, groove-driven band that promises to bring a vivacious live set. The show begins at 10:00 pm and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.