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"My first major label deal really got me started on the songwriting thing. In 2006 I was signed by Island Def Jam and they basically kept pushing me to write with all these big songwriters," singer-songwriter LP told us when she stopped by the Baeble Studio a few weeks ago. We may be labeling her session as a Baeble NEXT, but LP has been around behind the scenes writing for other artists for forever. After getting signed and receiving a credit on a Backstreet Boys song, she realized she could actually do the whole songwriting thing. "About three years on major labels - that yielded no fruit, no record came out - but I had written around 140 songs." After then switching to a publishing deal and losing her "passion for the passion" (songwriting), it wasn't until she bought a ukulele that the flame was rekindled.

LP is now back and writing her best music to date. Just last year, she followed up her 2014 album Forever For Now with her stunning sophomore album Lost On You. During our session she played its catchy title track and she had the Baeble staff both startled and amazed with her signature whistle. She is like, really good as whistling, you guys. Surrounded by a cajon player, a guitarist, and her infamous ukulele, she also performed "Girls Go Wild." Both songs showcased her knack for writing melodic choruses that are both beautiful and empowering. LP may be small, but she has a huge voice. You'll understand why we're so amazed by this singer when you watch the session for yourself.

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singer and I'm here at Baeble.
show up into a city you've never been and find fans waiting for you? - It's trippy.
It's very, very weird.
I mean, even like, I went to Morocco and I was like, "Sixteen hundred people are showing up for a show in Morocco? Like what?" It was just shocking, you know, and beautifully shocking.
You know, there's a certain satisfying emotional dexterity that you get from actually singing the song yourself, you know.
It's like you get to experience the impact a little bit more and that's nice.
I've been caged, I've been hounded, I've been hunted and tamed
I'm the outlaw of outside and ready to rage
I'm in search of a heart I can eat to renew me
Yeah
And I'm dazzled by all of the things that undo me?
O-ooh-oh Girls go wild on the West Coast
come on' baby let's go That's what she said
O-ooh-oh Sunshine brighter than blind love
it's all in the name of the Wild, Wild West
O-ooh-oh Take my love, take my soul,
you just take what you can
When we fuck now it feels like you don't understand
Tell you what, it don't suck? And I need you right now
Yeah
You're the one that I want so I won't make a sound
O-ooh-oh Girls go wild on the West Coast,
come on' baby let's go That's what she said
O-ooh-oh Sunshine brighter than blind love
it's all in the name of the Wild, Wild West
O-ooh-oh I really love you, you know I really do
Whatever happens I hope you're happy too I really love you, so what you wanna do
O-ooh-oh Girls go wild on the west coast,
she wanted to let go That's what she said
O-ooh-oh Sunshine brighter than blind love
it's all in the name of the Wild, Wild West
O-ooh-oh I really love you, you know I really do
Whatever happens I hope you're happy too I really love you, so what you wanna do
O-ooh-oh
Thanks.
- My first major label deal really got me started on the songwriting thing in 2006 and I was signed by Island Def Jam and they like basically kept pushing me to write with all these big songwriters.
So my first major label deal really got me into like pushing myself to be prolific, you know.
I got my first cut with another artist which was the Backstreet Boys and it kind of was like this watershed moment of, "Oh, you can do that.
Huh.
Interesting.
" You know.
I've had about 3 years on major labels and that yielded no fruit at all, no record came out but I'd written like around 140 songs.
And then I got a publishing deal in 2009, I thought I was going to just be a writer.
I think, you know, when you choose your passion as your job, you can lose the taste for it, you know.
You can lose the passion for the passion.
Yeah, and it's like, you know, it's a careful watch, you know, on that.
I took a break for myself a while, then I bought a ukulele just for fun, you know.
Just, I'd always wanted one and then for some reason, that brought the joy back to me personally for just me writing a set on whistling melodies and which brought out the whistle.
- One, two.
When you get older, plainer, saner Will you remember all the danger
We came from?
Burning like embers, falling, tender Longing for the days of no surrender
Years ago And will you know
So smoke 'em if you got 'em 'Cause it's going down
All I ever wanted was you I'll never get to heaven
'Cause I don't know how Let's raise a glass or two
To all things I've lost on you Oh-oh
Tell me are they lost on you? Oh-oh
Just that you could cut me loose Oh-oh
After everything I've lost on you Is that lost on you?
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh Oh-oh-oh-oh
Is that lost on you?
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh
Baby, is that lost on you? Is that lost on you?
I wish that I could see the machinations Understand the toil of expectations
In your mind
Hold me like you never lost your patience
Tell me that you love me more than hate me
All the time And you're still mine
So smoke 'em if you've got 'em
'Cause it's going down And all I ever wanted was you
Let's take a drink of heaven This can turn around
Let's raise a glass or two To all the things I've lost on you
Oh-oh Tell me are they lost on you?
Oh-oh Just that you could cut me loose
Oh-oh
After everything I've lost on you Is that lost on you?
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh Oh-oh-oh-oh
Is that lost on you?
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh
Baby, is that lost on you? Is that lost on you?
Let's raise a glass or two To all the things I've lost on you
Oh-oh Tell me are they lost on you?
Oh-oh Just that you could cut me loose
Oh-oh
After everything I've lost on you Is that lost on you?
Is that lost on you?
Burning like embers, falling, tender Longing for the days of no surrender
Years ago And will you know
I signed to Warner Bros in 2011.
Had a three-year stint there, had the best of times, had the worst of times.
Played them a bunch of songs for my new record.
They were like, "Those are great!" And then dropped me.
And then those songs became this huge thing in Europe and here I sit.
Let's raise a glass or two To all the things I've lost on you
Let's raise a glass or two To all the things I've lost on you
Oh-oh Tell me are they lost on you?
Oh-oh Just that you could cut me loose
Oh-oh After everything I've lost on you
I was lucky it was kind of a fluid deal and Greece wanted to...they tried to get in touch with my label at the time, Vagrant, but they couldn't get through them.
So the guy direct messaged me on Instagram which I had just started checking them because I missed out on some opportunity.
Like it was like the early days of like, like for me, where I was like, "Oh, yeah, DMs, I should check them.
" You know.
And I was like, "Okay.
" So I checked in, the guy was like, "Hey.
I was wondering, you know, I think your songs will work here.
" Next thing I know, my song was charting and then "Lost on You" I think was number one for almost a year in Greece and it spread very quickly to like Italy, and Poland, and France, and all these other countries, but that was the epicenter.
...lost your patience
Tell me that you love me more than hate me
All the time And you're still mine
So smoke 'em if you've got 'em 'Cause it's going down
All I ever wanted was you Let's take a drink of heaven
Hi.
I'm LP and you're watching Baeble Music.
Enjoy.
Dig it.
Let's raise a glass or two To all the things I've lost on you

Artist Bio

Laura Pergolizzi (born March 18, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter who performs under the stage name LP. She has released four albums and one EP. She has written songs for other artists including Cher, Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys, Rita Ora and Christina Aguilera.

Pergolizzi is of Italian descent, her grandfathers coming from Naples and Palermo. LP moved to New York City from Huntington Station, New York and adopted the name "LP" during that time. David Lowery of the band Cracker saw LP performing and featured her on "Cinderella", a hidden track on the band's 1998 album, Gentleman's Blues. Lowery followed up by producing LP's debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar, released in 2001 through Koch Records.

LP's second album, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, was released in June 2004 through Lightswitch Records. On the record, she collaborated with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry. However, in spite of extensive touring to promote the release and positive reviews from music critics, the album failed to gain widespread recognition.

In 2006, LP appeared at the music conference South by Southwest and reportedly sparked a bidding war amongst major music labels, eventually being signed by L.A. Reid to his Island Def Jam Music Group record label, part of the Universal Music Group. However, due to artistic differences LP left the contract. She signed with SoBe Entertainment in 2007, an independent record label, with the album tracks she had written at the major label. "Love Will Keep You Up All Night", one of the tracks she had written at Island Def Jam Music Group with Billy Mann, was released in late 2007 on the Backstreet Boys album, Unbreakable. LP wrote and performed "Wasted", from her album Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, which was the theme song for a television show, South of Nowhere, on The N, currently known as TeenNick. MTV's The Hills also featured LP's song "Damage Is Done" in mid-2010, and it was released on iTunes.

During 2009, LP started writing songs for other artists, including several songs which ended up on Heidi Montag's album, Superficial (Warner Music).[11][12] LP co-wrote the single, "More Is More", as well as the album tracks, "Twisted", "Hey Boy" and "Love It or Leave It". She also co-wrote other tracks for and with Montag, such as the Cathy Dennis co-write, "Look How I'm Doin'", "I Do This" and "Who's That Girl". A song LP wrote with Alexander Kronlund, "Standing Where You Left Me", was released on Erik Hassle's debut UK album, Pieces (Roxy/EMI/Universal). LP moved to Los Angeles in 2010.

In August 2010, it was announced that LP had signed with RedOne's record label, 2101 Records. LP landed her first major breakthrough as a songwriter, co-writing Rihanna's song, "Cheers (Drink to That)", featured on Rihanna's fifth studio album Loud, released on November 12, 2010, on Def Jam Recordings. "Cheers" features a vocal hook performed by LP (taken from Avril Lavigne's "I'm with You"). In a 2010 interview with MTV News, Rihanna said: "I love that song ("Cheers"). That is one of my favorite songs on the album. It makes you feel like celebrating. It gives you a great feeling inside like you want to go out and have a drink. ... People can't wait for the weekend." LP's major label songwriting breakthroughs continued, as she co-wrote "Beautiful People", performed by Christina Aguilera. The song is featured on the Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album, which was released on November 22, 2010 through RCA Records.

In June 2011, LP co-wrote "Afraid to Sleep", which was performed by NBC's The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez and reached #10 on the iTunes Top Singles Chart. In September 2011, LP signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records. Shortly after, "Into the Wild", written and performed by LP, was prominently used in a Citibank national television advertisement campaign. In April 2012, LP released her first major label album, Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, a five-song live extended play, and started touring extensively including festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Tropfest as well as Tokyo's Sonic Boom and London's Hyde Park. In 2012, she became the first female Martin Guitar ambassador.

In May 2012, LP was featured as the Artist of the Week in Vogue magazine. Over the following two years, she completed the recording of their third album that included collaborations with Billy Steinberg, Isabella "Machine" Summers (from Florence and the Machine), Josh Alexander, Claude Kelly, Justyn Pilbrow, Carl Ryden and Rob Kleiner. The album was produced by Rob Cavallo, Warner Bros. Records' chairman and producer. On April 1, 2014, it was announced that LP's third full-length studio album would be titled Forever for Now and was scheduled to be released on June 3, 2014. The album was promoted by the lead single "Night Like This". Following the album, a second single, "Someday", was released in June 2014 in Canada. On September 16, 2014, a music video for "Tokyo Sunrise" officially premiered on Time magazine's website.

In September 2015, the song "Muddy Waters", the first single from LP's upcoming fourth studio album, was released. In June 2016, this song featured in the violent and emotionally charged closing scene of the season four finale of Netflix's original series Orange Is The New Black. In November, the second single, titled "Lost on You", was also released, while LP held a residency at the No Vacancy club. Both songs originate from a collaboration with Mike Del Rio. An EP titled Death Valley was released on June 17, 2016.

In 2017 she performed the song "Back Where I Belong" (Otto Knows featuring Avicii) for the episode 5 (second season) of the Netflix's original series Sens8.

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