Laurell hails from the heart of West London and credits her upbringing for her enduring love of music grounded solidly from listening to reggae music playing in her home; her mother singing on the church choir and her father playing keyboards alongside Jamaroqui, UKs foremost Funk and Jazz band in the 90’s. It was no surprise when Laurell, who spent time honing her skills in Stage schools, began to record professionally at the age of 13 years old.
She’s appeared on many talent shows around the UK, which led her to record professionally with Grammy nominated producer, Harmony Samuels who worked for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ariande Grande and Kelly Rowland. That collaboration helped Laurell understand the business of being a recording artist. Laurell’s love for music is genuine. Her sound is the ‘voice of passion’ easily conveyed through the colorful blend of soulful melodic island rhythms and pop influences.
Laurell strongly believes that all things happen on God’s timing and in the mantra ‘when preparation meets opportunity the result is success.’ This belief lead her to meet Grammy award winning producer and artist manager Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon, who is regarded as one of the caribbean’s most successful music producers, responsible for building careers of artists like Shabba Ranks and Patra among others unto the international market.
His latest protégé OMI, a world wide chart topper with tracks ‘Cheerleader’ and ‘Hula hoop’ achieving beyond Platinum sales, Gold sales, millions in digital streaming and downloads, proves that Dillon’s formula for building artist careers is one to reckon. Laurell is prepared and ready for the strategic direction of Clifton “Specialist” Dillon.
Her first single entitled “Crazy Love”, a fun up tempo dancehall inspired song is scheduled for release in early 2017. Carlene describes this track as ”one of the best studio sessions I have ever had and you can feel that energy in the song!
With talent, passion, focus and a powerful management team, Laurell is destined for success.