LP, an alternative rock sensation

LP lets out a laugh when she is reminded of an anecdote she once told about her childhood: she, from a very young age, showed an interest in music, especially the guitar, something that did not make her father happy.

“Yeah, I don’t know why,” he said during a recent Zoom encounter. “Maybe because he wanted her to be a doctor or a lawyer.”

Laura Pergolizzi, who uses the first letters of her name as a stage name, grew up on Long Island, New York, in a family of Italian immigrants (on her father’s side) and Irish (on her mother’s side).

The destiny of LP, 40, could not be otherwise. He has a powerful voice, an endless talent for songwriting and plays – obviously – the guitar, ukulele and harmonica.

“The problem if I had been a lawyer is that I don’t give a damn what happens,” she said with a laugh. “If the accused is innocent or guilty I don’t give a damn.”

LP’s career began in 1998, when he collaborated on the song “Cinderella” by the band Cracker. In 2001 he debuted his own album, “Heart-Shaped Scar. The second album would come in 2004, which although it received positive reviews was promoted with an extensive tour, it did not receive public recognition.

However, that didn’t stop LP’s career from advancing by leaps and bounds. He is currently promoting his sixth album, which is titled “Churches”. It is an album of fifteen alternative rock cuts that has caused a sensation – like many of his previous productions – on social networks.

To date, LP can boast that their music is a phenomenon on social media. The official video for the first single, “The One That You Love,” generated more than 26 million views on YouTube and more than 20 million streams on Spotify.

Regardless, don’t expect to hear it on commercial radio, not even alternative music channels.

“Yes, I don’t get a lot of love from the radio,” acknowledged the artist. “But who needs it now?”

LP, who has lived in Los Angeles for more than ten years, considers “Churches” an “introspective, reflective” album.

“Churches is a very beautiful word,” he said. “Since you say it there is an alliteration; I like it, it is provocative; We all have our own church within, and for me it is like I feel that everyone, what you consider sacred, is the church within you, and I believe that you have the right to keep it within and deserves to be respected and accepted ”.

The singer-songwriter, who has written songs for figures such as Cher, Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys, Leona Lewis, Mylène Farmer, Céline Dion and Christina Aguilera, has an extensive tour scheduled to begin on January 21 in England. From there he will tour stages on several continents for more than six months. In total there will be almost 80 presentations.

“That’s a common thing for me, you know,” he said. “In the end this is a race with a path that is traveled almost alone.”