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Laurnea

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After leaving Yab Yum Sony in 2000, Laurnea started her own label Era Sound 1 Records where she released 4 other Cd's in 7 different countries. In 2000 Laurnea released Laurnea II on JVC Japan / Era Sound 1 Records in the overseas market. The CD was released in Japan , South East Asia , Australia and to the Mom and Pops store in the States With producers Ali Shaheed Muhammod, Dwayne Wiggins, Speech , Jon B, Mark Sparks, Craig Love , DJ Kemit. In 2002 she released "New Territory" on JVC records producers Omar, Laurnea, Avery Jonson, Lil' John Roberts, and Carl McIntosh. In 2004 "I Remember" was released on Universal Japan and Era Sound 1 Records, poducers Laurnea ,India Arie, Billy Odum, Shannon Sanders. In late 2005 the release of 2 CDs one month apart, "I Remember" on Dome Records, UK September 05, and "The Collection" on Shanachie Records with 4 songs picked from her previous 4 CDs ( like the best of) which is sold in 700 stores in the States like Tower, Best Buys and other retail music stores across the nation as well as Mom and Pop stores. Her music gained significant exposure in Japan and Europe while building a cult following in the United States. Her acting ability landed her roles in such feature films as Spike Lee's "School Daze" and "Hoodlum" (playing the role of Ella Fitzgerald) as well as the ABC TV After School Special "My Past Is My Own". Her music was also featured in the hit film "Soulfood" and on the soundtrack of "Exposure". Laurnea also sang back ground and recorded with many artist while livng in Los Angeles like Patti LaBelle James Ingram, Bobby McFarrin, Jeffrey Osbone and Caron Wheeler, ( Soul II Soul). Has written on project like for the nineties group Jade. She contributed background vocals to India Arie's "Voyage To India" And India newest release Testimony Volume 1 Life and Relationship album and toured with her as well.

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