Lyndsi “Laurelle” Hicks, an original DMV native, is no stranger when it comes to the challenges
that face being an inventive singer/songwriter. But her ability to creatively combine different
styles of music make her a chameleon in the indie R&B circuit.
Laurelle’s passion for music started at an early age. Her father, John, was a member of a family
band, “DL Funk.” Signing with the band not only helped mold her into an artist, but also housed her
first professional performance. Being born into an interracial marriage gave Laurelle the advantage
of learning many different genres of music. Sounds of Gospel, R&B, Funk, Country, Rock n’ Roll, and
Pop are just a few to name.
At the age of 6, Laurelle was struck with viral and bacterial meningitis that nearly threatened her
life. She was found singing Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On,” in intensive care and it was then
that her mother knew singing was Laurelle’s true calling. Her joy and eagerness to perform lead to
her parent’s supportive nature. Laurelle went on to perform in various talent shows and music
competitions throughout the Northern Virginia area. She also dabbled in writing her own music. All
of which she enjoyed at the young age of 10 years old.
In her early teens, Laurelle started working on the completion of her first demo. The project
consisted of 4 covers and 1 original entitled, “B-O-Y.” It was at the CD release party when she
realized her dreams could become a reality. From there, she stepped up her efforts by booking
local gigs, writing more original music, and solidifying influential contacts.
In 2010, Laurelle reached a major milestone in her career. Her song, “Compare To You,”
reached the number 1 spot on the Top 50 Independent Charts for internet radio. This song also
helped land her a spot in Hip Hop Weekly, in October of 2012. Her follow-up single, “Years Ago,”
would also help her gain notable credibility. In March of 2015, Laurelle attended the Global Stars
Network talent competition which moved her up the ladder once again.
The competition awarded her with a scholarship to attend The New York Conservatory of The Dramatic
Arts and the opportunity to move to New York City to work on her music in July of 2015. In the
coming years, Laurelle made her stage debut as, “Glinda The Good Witch,” in a Harlem Repertory
production of “The Wiz.” She also starred in the pilot episode of, “The Wohs.” Laurelle can be seen
performing in some of the city’s most pristine venues.
Now, Laurelle is undergoing work on her debut EP, “The Journey.” Her first single, “All Eyes on
You,” is set to release in July of 2017. The single is a much anticipated return in the artist’s
career. After a nearly 3 year hiatus from the artist’s original music, she is back and more ready
than ever. This project is a reflection of her rocky, but uphill climb of conquering life and
career obstacles. Laurelle has a courageous heart and mind that has helped her to overcome and
persevere. She states, “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re just not big enough.”- Ellen