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“Raised in England and Maine and now living in Vermont, Laurence is clearly inspired by folk songwriters old and new, as well as the woods and snowy evenings of the Northeast coast. With her banjo and soft string arrangements, she builds a shelter within her music, which feels a bit like sitting inside a warm cabin as the rain pours down, sipping hot tea cut with a hint of whiskey, and letting the memories wash over you. Her low, distinct voice is the thread that ties it all together, giving the songs a conversational tone... Crooked Heart puts a fresh spin on classic sounds, braiding delicate guitar and passionate cello lines together and seeding them with specific images: dead roses hung on walls, telephone lines, train platforms, and nights spent playing records on bedroom floors. All of it feels well-aged, a bit faded by sunlight, a bit heartbroken, but never lost and never hopeless...Delicate, heartfelt, and bittersweet, Crooked Heart is a promising debut from a new singer-songwriter.”
- POPDUST

“Gemma’s vocals, with their blues inflexions, blend seamlessly with the track developing a sweet and simple sound unique to her.”
PHASER MAGAZINE

“Laurence’s timeless recordings transport you beyond ordinary circumstances into something that is beyond extraordinary. Hinging off of her own memories of dogwood forests and train station platforms, the set of songs off of Crooked Heart retain a timelessness that will resonate with listeners long after the record has stopped spinning.”
DIVIDE & CONQUER

“The lilt of her vocals and the pithy edge to her lyrics have drawn comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, and Adrianne Lenker”
- THANK FOLK FOR THAT

"Amazing"
- SONGS FROM A ROOM

© Gemma Laurence, 2021.

© Gemma Laurence, 2021.