Sounds Like: As if Norah Jones and the late Jeff Buckley had started a band and gone just a tiny bit country
For Fans of: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Brandi Carlile, Lera Lynn
Why You Should Pay Attention: With this year's slow-burning War & Peace, singer-songwriter LaBrie has garnered a steadily growing fan base and surpassed 2 million streams on Spotify. That's likely due to the fact that LaBrie never balks at using her lyrics to say something meaningful, whether she's pointing out the darker side of social media ("Against a Wall") or expressing disenchantment over the democratic process ("It's Political"). And her songs unfold with style and subtlety, coasting over the album's lush, beautiful arrangements via LaBrie's gorgeous voice.
She Says: "War & Peace was an extremely personal and healing album for me. I've wondered if I'll ever need to write about addiction or death again, because I can't imagine saying any more," says LaBrie, who had a run-in with the law during the recording process. "I parked my ’92 Honda Accord at the top of the hill. Halfway through recording, an officer knocked on the door asking, ‘Anyone in here drive an old white hatchback?’ Outside, I found my car at the bottom of a hill with her rear end smashed into a light pole. I was so embarrassed. I thought I had forgotten to pull the emergency brake or put it in gear. The officer said, 'Nope, you did everything right. But I'm not sure how to categorize this?' Story of my life."
Hear for Yourself: "Alcohol" is a dark and stormy piano ballad about addiction, love, and the perilous way in which those two things sometimes intersect. D.P.R.