Authenticity and soul are the foundations upon which LaVon stands when she performs. She simply has a rare ability to become a direct connection between the listener and the music, singing not so much to the ears as to the heart. Even more than her obvious musical chops, this ability is what draws people to her performances, and finds them savoring each song like the courses of a gourmet meal.
While LaVon’s clearly articulated lyrics unravel her songs’ stories, emotion and the melody are an even bigger part of her storytelling. “I think people get caught up with words, which get to the intellect. Music can get straight to your being. Words tend to have barriers, but music has an ability to break down these barriers. Music doesn’t have to jump through so many hoops on its way to the heart.”
LaVon’s own winding path may explain the eclectic nature of her musical choices. Born in Boston, her earliest musical roots go back to her childhood Baptist church. Then there was the formal discipline of classical/opera training with the Boston Lyric Opera, and performance in a variety of other media, including musicals, video work, and voiceovers.
Today LaVon is confident about her voice and musical identity. She works with musical collaborators with whom she can have deep and often funny musical conversations: veteran pianist Joe Baque; eclectic trio Artou D’Tou; swing/folk guitarist Vince Brown.