Lara Herscovitch is singer-songwriter-poet-performer-author gem. As described in The Boston Globe, she brings “a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence… big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life… Herscovitch’s music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit or a dormant creative life.” She leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart.
Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul” – and with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.”
Connecticut Public Radio host Colin McEnroe observed, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist." Lara recently released her seventh full-length album, Highway Philosophers, and her first book for children of all ages: Shine Sister Shine (adapted from the animated music video for the song of the same title).
The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work, focused on education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. The depth of this experience resonates throughout her music; as Acoustic Live in New York City described, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”
The jury is in and is raving about this accomplished, award-winning musician:
- “It’s rare to come across poets able to inject such an achingly human and knowing warmth into their work... It’s obvious that this musician-composer has hit her stride, that her star’s still rising” –Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
- “above and beyond the pack” –Performer Magazine
- “Lara weaves a tapestry of melody and poetry that stirs the intellect while reaching deep into the listener’s soul… A proud torchbearer, she is today’s troubadour, carrying the essence of the folk spirit, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani Difranco.” –Citizen News
- “Lara’s music has that special sauce: it sticks to your soul” (Everything Sundry: Introducing you to all kinds of great music blog).
Lara tours, performs and presents across the U.S., in solo, duo and band configurations. She is a frequent guest speaker, keynote presenter and workshop facilitator. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a policy MSW from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She grew up in the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut, where she was selected to serve as State Troubadour (2009-2010).