Known for their eclectic, soulful sound, New York's Lawrence features siblings keyboardist/songwriter Clyde Lawrence and vocalist Gracie Lawrence. The group first emerged playing around New York City in 2015, and gained traction after issuing their 2016 EP Breakfast.
The children of film director Marc Lawrence, Clyde and Gracie Lawrence grew up playing music together. Clyde started out on piano around age three, and by age six had written his first song, which was included in his father's 2000 film Miss Congeniality. Seven years later, he also wrote the music for another of his father's projects, the Hugh Grant vehicle Music and Lyrics. Meanwhile, sister Gracie also grew up with performing in her blood, and at age 12 made her Broadway debut in a production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. Initially, Lawrence came together while Clyde was studying at Brown University. There, he formed a funk and soul band, which his sister Gracie joined while visiting. The siblings began writing songs together, and by 2015 had officially formed Lawrence. Live shows quickly followed, and in 2016, they issued a debut EP, Breakfast, which featured production from Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive/Tedeschi Trucks Band), and included guest performances by Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and Maurice Mobetta Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band). The album gained attention online, and helped build interest in the group. An acoustic version of the EP, Breakfast: Unscrambled (Acoustic Sessions), followed in 2018. Also that year, the group released their debut full-length album Living Room. ~ Matt Collar
- New York, NY
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