It's simple: Once you see and hear LP, you remember. She's a gripping performer, a curly-headed force of nature looking kind of like a cross between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan, albeit often wielding a ukulele. A rockin' ukulele, in front of a dynamic, versatile band, that is. And her voice is instantly ear-catching, a natural instrument of power and grace.
But there's much more to it. There's just something about the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-artist that grabs hold - a spirit, an exuberance, a belief in her gifts as a musician and in the power of music to reach people. It comes through her songs, whether written for Rihanna (the 2011 hit "Cheers") and Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful People" from the movie Burlesque), or for herself, such as "Into the Wild" (the song that has tantalized ears through its use in a Citibank Card TV commercial) and the hauntingly epic "Tokyo Sunrise," also from a live EP to be released this spring.