LORETTA HAGEN

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Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ With 4 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong song-writing 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 2 time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.

Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ With 4 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong song-writing 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 2 time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.

 

In every life, there are inevitable times of darkness and of light.

Loretta Hagen's fourth CD "Lucky Stars," takes the listener on a personal journey through loss, healing, and ultimately the promise of hope.

 

Four years in the making, "Lucky Stars" brings Loretta's journey full circle, when faced with the heartache of illness, death, and going on without loved ones so cherished. She finds solace in the promise of new beginnings, love, and the inherent knowledge that our Lucky Stars are watching over us.

 

Loretta's third CD, “Mud and Stone,” well received by DJs worldwide, debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and topped many best of lists. Five years later the album is still going strong, recently receiving 4 nominations for the Just Plain Folk Awards with awards being announced late fall 2017.

 

"This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with."  John Apice ~ No Depression

 

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 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.

 

Loretta 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 many others.

 

Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and djembe players Linda Lambiase or Curtis Kretz.  www.lorettahagen.com

PRESSKIT

Management/booking/publicity:

Michelle Fortier Publicity, MichelleFortier.com

Michelle@michellefortier.com

Radio Promotion:

Trespass Music

Michelle@trespassmusic.org

QUOTES

"Loretta Hagen is back with Lucky Stars… a very nicely produced recording featuring eleven thoughtful and reflective songs by Loretta,that are beautifully sung with lovely accompaniment. Definitely worth checking out."

Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio with Jan Hall

 

"Loretta Hagen, these delicate recordings tell her talent again. Lucky Stars is a very well produced album with delicate, clear arrangements, talent as a songwriter with very soulful songs,  the melodies are just beautiful and as a singer she is able of a moving rendition...a strong album...a beautiful pleasure."  - Mike Penard, Radio Isa France

 

"This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with." - John Apice ~ No Depression Feature ~ Loretta Hagen "Mud and Stone"

 

"Mud and Stone will be a treasure for weeks, months and years to come." - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditions Radio Show

 

Loretta Hagen writes songs that sound like they can come from the Heartland, but they also really come from the heart." - John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM

 

"Loretta has a magnificent voice and is a terrific performer! Great new CD!" - Jim Monaghan, WDHA-FM, All Mixed Up Radio Show

 

"(Mud and Stone) .....is rich in significant and poignant ballads in the footsteps of Mary Chapin Carpenter, her contemporary John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and the whole series of artists whose genuine commitment to tell the emotions and the charm of life has certainly influenced her approach to songwriting in the folk and country matrix.........
the whole album is inspiring and highly recommended." ~ Remo Ricaldone a reviewer for The Long Journey which is a BCMAI Production featuring "Roots & Country Music" Read the whole review below.

 

"I've always enjoyed [Loretta Hagen's] music since I first heard [her] a few years back. [Loretta's] songs sound incredible. I love that!" - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditions Radio Show

 

"I'm Gone - beautiful! That one's got HIT written all over it! Very powerful songwriting!" - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1,Traditions Radio Show

 

"Loretta's manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming  grace that you don't realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!" - Laura Foord, Heights House Concerts

 

“Loretta Hagen’s songs just get better and better the more you hear them. Her music is intricate, unassuming… not what you’ve heard before. Her lyric is honest, heartfelt and quite funny at times. The musicianship between Loretta and her husband Gary is second to none. Quite good! I’m sitting here listening to her interview and performance on John Platt’s show on WFUV in NYC and wondering about the fairness in music. Loretta and her music should be BIG STARS! Alas, she’s as humble as she is good, and she’s very, very humble! I’ll have her at CoyoteRidge every chance I get!” Bernie Stapleton, CoyoteRidge Music Series (http://www.coyoteridgemusic.com/)

 

"[Loretta's been] blessed with ... an uncanny gift of being able to write songs about everyday life which tug on the heart strings" - Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club

 

"Crisp, bright guitars and a joyous refrain of "I'm good as gold now that you're home" And so begins the new project from singer/songwriter Loretta Hagen, Mud and Stone. Like the CD title, her lyrics are as genuine and earthy as the lady herself. We rejoice at the return of a loved one in "Now That You're Home" or get lost in the daydreams of "I'm Gone". Her heroines fight the everyday battles of finding love or figuring out who will be there "When My Years Are Stacked".  Loretta's honeyed voice and uplifting melodies help us find a way through". Joe Pszonek WMSC "Radio Nowhere"

 

"Singer-songwriter from New Jersey, Loretta Hagen's third signature work is rich in significant and poignant ballads in the footsteps of Mary Chapin Carpenter, her contemporary John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and the whole series of artists whose genuine commitment to tell the emotions and the charm of life has certainly influenced her approach to songwriting in the folk and country matrix. Following the acclaimed debut Something More (co)produced by Pat McInerney former collaborator for Nanci Griffith and the following album Sundown Till Dawn , where her talents were fully confirmed, here is Mud And Stone , a precious statement of grace and sweetness through thirteen songs all composed by the same Loretta Hagen. Having shared the music, on stage and not only with artists such as Jonathan Edwards, Gretchen Wilson, Kim Richey, Roger McGuinn and Richie Havens has enriched her writing, now clear and interesting, never obvious or trivial.

For example, "Turn In" and the title track "Mud And Stone" bring out talents and abilities, profound lyricism and poetry. "When My Years Are Stacked" plays on nostalgia, simplicity and the crystalline beauty of country music. "Now That You're Home" from the melody just remember and live the closure of "No Until The Next Time" at which the sound becomes more and vaguely bluesy rocking moments are to be noted that further validate the disc. Among the names involved in the session, most notably bassist Ron De La Vega, the brilliant violinist Tim Lorsch and Sara Gallman on pennywhistle and vocals, but the whole album is inspiring and highly recommended." ~ Remo Ricaldone a reviewer for The Long Journey which is a BCMAI Production featuring "Roots & Country Music" - http://www.bcmai.it/tlj/recensione.asp?IDDisco=2923&IDRecensione=2970  Source: The Long Journey in 2012

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