Melissa Laveaux Was A Force To Be Reckoned With On NYC’s SummerStage Photos: Melissa Laveaux @ SummerStage, Central Park 7/1/18
NEW YORK, NY-
“… Next up was Melissa Laveaux. Her finger-picked roots and folk guitar stylings, bookended by drummer Martin Wangermee and bassist Elise Blanchard, were a force to be reckoned with. There’s both a velvety depth and a litheness to Ms. Laveaux’s voice, and the songs she shared–some in English and others in French–are illustrative of her border-crossing heritage as a musician born in Montreal to parents of Haitian descent.
A formidable songwriter in her own right, Ms. Laveaux handles other artists’ material just as adroitly. “Crazy In Love” uses gentle backing harmonies and sprightly phrasing to transform the Beyonce original. And it’s no easy feat to channel the gorgeous melancholy of Elliot Smith, but in the hands of this Canadian artist, “Needle in the Hay,” the song’s ruminations on the uncertainties of dependency and attachment take on new light, less anxious and more boldly resistant …”