Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ Her rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.
Loretta is back in the studio working on her upcoming CD "Lucky Stars" due out Spring 2017. She recently released a single to Folk DJ's entitled "This World Of Ours," which speaks to issues being faced in the country today. "Each soul on this planet, is equal and matters. One spark is part of the flame. It burns brighter and bigger, when we’re working together. We are the heart of this land..."
Hagen’s third CD, “Mud and Stone,” featured uplifting folk ballads, up-tempo country swing, and cool, bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and continues to receive airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
She has performed at premiere venues across the Northeast and Nashville, sharing the
stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Sloan Wainwright, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens,
Kim Richey and Marshall Crenshaw among others. Following her critically acclaimed CD
Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released
Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country.
Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother
who suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease. Loretta’s Mom passed away
peacefully this summer at her home. The emotionally charged ballad
is included on the soundtrack of a film called “10 Mountains 10 Years”
chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising
awareness about the disease.
On February 20, 2017,Loretta received 4 nominations
from the Just Plain Folks Music Awards: New Folk Album
for Mud and Stone, PLUS New Folk Song "Money,"
Traditional Folk Song "When My Years Are Stacked,"
and Holiday Song "Santa If You're Listening," all from
Mud and Stone.
Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of
husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and djembe players
Linda Lambiase or Curtis Kretz.
“This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class,
top tier. Loretta Hagen is a true contender
as an artist to reckon with.”
John Apice, No Depression ~ Loretta Hagen “Mud and Stone”
Michelle Fortier Publicity, MichelleFortier.com
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