Much of her early life was spent in Alaska, where she made her performing debut at the age of 10 at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. At 13 she moved with her family to Oregon.
She won songwriting awards in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Billboard World Song Contest, and also won the Female Rising Star and Alternative Entertainer awards while still in her teens. In 2000, Halie earned first place in the Austin Songwriters' Contest for three of her songs in the Country, Singer/Songwriter, and Jazz categories. At 17, Halie moved to Nashville to further pursue songwriting and industry experience. She spent the next year and a half there writing, recording, and performing before returning to the Northwest to continue her education.
In 2005 and 2006, she won consecutive first place honors in the Pacific Songwriting Competition, first in the Country category for "What We're Fighting For," and the following year for "A Tree Falls" in the Spiritual/Inspirational category.
"Whether somber or seductive, sedated or energetic, Lorenâ€™s varied â€” and in all ways successful â€” efforts make you stop and take notice," wrote reviewer Brian Palmer for Stereo Subversion, giving the album 8.5 out of 10 points. "After Dark is a shimmering record for those who love female singers who can bring the playfulness, pizazz, vulnerability and sensuality to the songs they perform." Another reviewer praised her "strong but vulnerable, feminine but forceful, playful but serious[,] and sexy but reserved voice." In a review of the album, Vivoscene called her "one of the finest young jazz singers of her generation," noting that "[s]he has both an exquisite musical sense and the talent for phrasing that makes a song come alive."
Here's a little treat:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7lWkNs8 ... re=related
Place to yap aboot moosic.
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