What do you get when you mix one part brilliant songwriter, one part jaw-dropping voice, and two generous portions of unmatched stage presence? You get the indomitable LP, whose new album, Churches, brings personal and universally relatable songs front and center.
And I have to say, as a fan who has seen this artist perform over the years, their live shows are to die for, so it was tough to see tours get pushed back or canceled during the pandemic. But on Friday, LP was back in DC, and at The Anthem, no less, to bring it all back.
There are people who just seem born with innate talents. Some have a way with public speaking or knowing how to fix things, and others, like Laura Pergolizzi — known professionally as LP — feel destined to create music and, as we discussed in an interview, perform.
LP amazes a sold-out crowd at The Lincoln Theatre on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Laura Pergolizzi, who goes by her stage name LP, is a performer who keeps growing both as an artist and as a performer. But the one thing that remains constant is her dedication to her fans. And this was in full effect at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday. On the heels of the release of her album, Heart to Mouth, in December, LP embarked on a worldwide tour, bring not one but two sold-out shows in DC with the first night at the Lincoln Theatre.
LP puts brings down the house at the 9:30 Club on March 5, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
LP’s music has been around for years, and even before she had released her break out single, “Into the Wild,” in 2012. Most of her work was heard through the lens of other artists such as Rihanna, Cher, and Christina Aguilera. But if you are versed in LP’s own catalog or her amazing performances you know that besides having a talent for great songwriting, LP is one brilliant showperson and has a vocal range that makes even the most seasoned performers envious. That brilliance was on full display in a sold-out show at 9:30 Club on Monday.
LP performs at U Street Music Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When you listen to LP’s new single, “Lost on You,” the most amazing thing about it is her voice — it’s a singular voice that occasionally flies high through the air and occasionally swings low through gravel. And yet the voice always sounds like it belongs to the same woman.