Ones love of music can bring you together as a family unit and help you get through the hard times of life. Laura Black with her special gift of song brought life back to a group who had suffered a tremendous loss (their lead vocalist Dawn who died of cancer). With new inspiration and even more loss the group still triumphed and have managed to stay together and create some great music. SayWhatNews speaks candidly with Day Breaks lead singer Laura Black about her music, band and the power of togetherness.
SayWhatNews: Tell us who is Laura Black?
Laura: Laura Black is a Detroit chic who likes to sing, dance to old 80's songs, play with animals, and eat sushi. I'm kind of addicted to it. I suppose one could describe me as "random" and "sarcastic".
SayWhatNews: At what age did you realize you had the gift of song?
Laura: I realized I wanted to sing around the time that Disney's "The Little Mermaid" came out. I liked to prance around and sing all of the songs. This idea was reinforced around second grade or so... during music classes I started to stand out.
SayWhatNews: Laura you are the lead vocalist for Day Break and you play the keyboard. Have you had any professional training?
Laura: Throughout my life I've had a little singing training through school choir, Community Theater, and studying at a Musical Theater Academy in New York City. I have been playing piano for about 3 years and self-taught.
SayWhatNews: Growing up who was your musical influences?
Laura: Musical influences would have to be Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin. I'm a big dork, what can I say? Those are some powerful voices and when I was young I tried to emulate them. My influences changed as I got older however, moving to and from pop groups like The Backstreet Boys to alternative bands like Nirvana. I didn't have a CD player growing up, nor did I buy tapes, so I listened to whatever was on the radio.
SayWhatNews: How did Laura Black and Daybreak come to be? And who are the members?
Laura: Laura Black and Daybreak came to be when I answered an ad I saw on MySpace. This band was formed for a project started by a woman named Dawn, who passed away from breast cancer. My position came to be because everyone involved wanted to keep the memory of Dawn alive and decided to bring a new singer on to pass the torch.
That's why the album is called "From Dawn to Dust". I was the 998th person to audition believe it or not. The band members are Ryan on lead guitar, Austin on drums, and Mark on bass. But I am currently looking for a keyboard player so I can concentrate on fronting the band. So if there are any keyboard players out there from the Metro Detroit area looking for a band. Contact me through my MySpace page, I need you!!!
SayWhatNews: What a telling story. It touches your heart strings. How long has the band been together?
Laura: Well this is kind of sad. But soon after Dawn passed away on March 28, 2007 the band began their search for a new lead singer to pick up where Dawn left off. I auditioned in late 2007 and joined the band almost immediately. I'm sure most people have heard about the "it comes in threes" theory. Well this story seems to support that. After we lost Dawn, the original guitar player Chad passed away in January of 2008. And soon there after that original keyboard player Jim also passed away. So while we were in the studio recording this album we had to find replacement players as we went. Ryan and Austin are the two remaining members from Dawn's original band.
So while it has been a sad story it is also a great story about how close everyone is and no matter what we are there for one another. There is a lot of inter strength among the members of the band that has kept this effort moving forward. We have been playing shows for about 2 months now, but during the time we recorded the album most of the original band was in the studio working on this project.
SayWhatNews: Wow, Day Breaks story should become a inspirational movie. What about the songs, do you write and arrange your own songs?
Laura: Yes. Although Ryan, our lead guitar player, did provide a strong influence to the overall sound and feel of this album. He comes from a metal background and really made the guitars kick.
SayWhatNews: What gives you inspiration?
Laura: The world gives me inspiration! Really... everything around me. Most of my songs have come from personal experiences however, like relationships, friends, family, and my childhood.
SayWhatNews: What inspired the song "Hate You" the words are strong and even some what harsh?
Laura: Actually that song started out as a message to someone we won't mention. I was trying to describe to my band and the guys in the studio a type of "metal" sound that I was thinking of and sang "I F'N hate you I wish you would die". Turned out to be pretty cool so we made a song out of it! However during the writing there were a few individuals that I could say inspired it.... but I wont tell.
SayWhatNews: I think we all of those special people in our lives that makes us scream those words. When can we expect an album?
Laura: December 9th was the pre-release of the limited edition version of the album. Then the regular version of the album will be released the first part of 2009. The main difference between the two releases has to do with the design and artwork. It was a way to give the people who have been supporting me from the beginning something special for being there. An album that would say thanks for your support because you have a copy of an album that proves you were there before anyone even knew who I was.
SayWhatNews: You are currently working on getting signed to a label. Would you prefer a major label or independent label? And why?
Laura: While independent labels are really hot right now, I feel like a major would be better suited for me. It's really hard to say though... I believe every band has to make their own decision based on the offers presented at the time. You have to look at the entire picture as to what an independent or major label is offering you, and make a decision that will be best for you.
SayWhatNews: Laura, you love to play in night clubs. Do you have any plans to hit the road and go on tour?
Laura: My management is currently working to find the right booking agency that will be the right fit for me. But touring is definitely in my future. So if there are any booking agencies out there that love what I'm doing and want to get behind me? Hit me up on my MySpace page.
SayWhatNews: As a lead vocal for a Rock / Pop Punk / Alternative band; what sets you apart from other vocalist?
Laura: What sets my voice apart is that I don't scream, I have a powerful voice, and I don't really fit the mold... I don't sound scene, I don't sound pop, nor do I sound rock. Oh and I'm a girl... that's not too common for my genres of music.
SayWhatNews: That is so refreshing. I can do without the screaming vocals. Lets discuss your unique fashion: Your fashion style is sophisticated with a rocker spin. Do you have a stylist or do you choose your own clothes?
Laura: Ha- Ha, I WISH I had a stylist! No I just have way too much clothing, so it's easy to mix and match.
SayWhatNews: Who is your favorite designer and why?
Laura: Isamu Noguchi. He's an interior designer/architect/furniture designer/sculptor. Oh you meant a Fashion Designer? lol... no clue. Maybe Kenley from Project Runway. I don't follow fashion much... is that bad?
SayWhatNews: Not at all especially when you have created your own style that works. Moving on to music you listen to; what CD is currently playing in your car?
Laura: A mixed CD from my music library titled, "Stupendously Awesome Yet Slightly Less Heavy Super Duper Car Mix." No really.
SayWhatNews: What was the last movie you went to the theater to see?
Laura: Twilight. It was ok. I never read the book or anything but like to go see big blockbuster movies.
SayWhatNews: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Laura: When I have spare time I like to watch funny videos on You Tube, download new music, play with my two cats like they are dogs, and decorate things.
SayWhatNews: If you had front row tickets at a concert who would be performing?
Laura: Well to be honest there are so many good bands out there that I would love to be in the front row watching. They include national acts as well as some local bands. But I guess if I had to pick one it would be Chiodos.
SayWhatNews: What's next for Laura Black and Day Break?
Laura: What's next for us will be to play lots of shows, release the album, go on tour, and eventually take over the world! Who knows? As long as I'm singing, I'm happy.
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