“Lara Price…combines Gladys Knight’s sophistication with Mavis Staples Grit”
Boston Globe November 2015
Elwood’s Blues Mobile - Top Pick of the Week January 2016
“Strong performances mark Lara Price as a force in the soul blues arena!”
Blues Blast Magazine March 2016
“If you enjoy the soul blues styling’s of women like Trudy Lynn, Etta James, and Etta Jones, you’ll find plenty to latch onto with Price’s I Mean Business.” Blues Review Magazine March 2016
“Lacing her vocals with a distinctive, ear-pleasing quaver, Lara Price further dolls up a set of solid soul with some smart lyric sets. Original collaborations including “Undone” and “Crazy Lucy” mesh well with strong cover work on Freddie King’s “Pack It Up” and the Candi Staton-popularized “Get It When I Want It”.
Roots Music Report November 2015
Born in the war torn country of Vietnam in 1975 and abandoned at birth, Lara became a part of the controversial “Operation Baby Lift”, a mass evacuation of orphans from South Vietnam to the United States. As 90 percent of the orphaned babies did not survive, her journey out of Vietnam to her new home was nothing short of a miracle. Indeed, Lara is truly a survivor in every sense.
Price discovered the power of music at the tender age of 6, when she started taking piano lessons in England with legendary 80’s music innovator Howard Jones. At the age of 12 she found her singing voice. Price was influenced and encouraged by her junior high and high school choir teacher, Blake Olmstead. She continued her vocal studies operatically with Dr. Lynn Berg at BSU. She arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 to pursue her dream of singing in a band. By 1998, Price began running her own blues jam at JJ’s Blues in San Jose, and was featured in an inspiring article about blues jams in the September issue of the Blues Revue Magazine. The journey of Lara’s blues band (The Lara Price Band) includes tours across the United States and China. It also includes five CD’s that Price has produced, co-written, and is featured playing drums, guitar, and back up vocals. Lara and her band have shared the bill with R&B legends, Etta James, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell and many more.
Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band, Militia of Love, a Cali-Reggae band; The Lara Price Band, a rootsy rockin’ blues band and the Lara Price Blues Revue a fantastic 10 piece R&B show band, and Girls Got the Blues. This is an all-star cast of female talent that has come together to make musical magic! As of late Lara’s 6th record, “I Mean Business”. Was picked up by The VizzTone Label Group and was released to the world November, 2015. The release turned the heads of the Blues Foundation. Lara now resides in Austin, Texas and has received a blues music nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist 2017!
She’s an All American singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. It’s no wonder her music transcends the blues and crosses a line into music that is unequivocally superb.