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.”
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...LaVon Hardison has a startlingly clear, sweet voice, resembling not just a little Ella Fitzgerald’s. She’s right in Ella’s bag on much of Choices, but she’s got the versatility to try a few other directions as well, making this a consistently stimulating CD. ... Through it all her pure tone and crisp but warm diction never wavers and it all sounds easy. ... Choices is a great record!
-Tom Peterson, Victory Review, 3/2007
When Ms Hardison put her lovely head back and sang, the night came alive. This stylistic jazz vocalist embellished the quartet with her nectarous and energetic voice — the closest thing to perfect pitch since Jo Stafford
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