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Lydia Harrell

Position
Instructor
Affiliated Departments
Expertise
musical theater
acting
pop music
jazz music
R&B
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Telephone
617-747-8011

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Lydia "LovelySinger” Harrell is one of Boston’s musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative songwriting have garnered her the attention and respect of the nation’s finest musicians and venues. Jazz and soul is where her heart is; however, Harrell has shown an unbreakable ability to mold herself into any musical situation. Be it performing with the Boston Pops, serenading NBA fans with America’s national anthem, or lending her vocal talents to chart-topping deep house singles by British record label Reel People Music, Harrell’s dedication to extracting the pure essence of song is unmatched.

Career Highlights
  • Performances include solo work and work as a background vocalist with No Static performing the music of Steely Dan, with Ryan Montbleau as part of the Lady Parts, and with Zap Mama as part of the Lady Parts
  • Recordings include Hyptonic, 9/9/99, and When It Rains as lead vocalist and songwriter; The Way EP and Happy Holidays from the LovelySinger digital EP as Lydia Harrell; and Is This Love—A Pop Tribute to Bob Marley (Sony Music Latin) as lead vocalist
  • Performances at the Apollo Theater in April and May 2016
  • Cast as Billie Holiday in the 2020 New Repertory Theatre production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Awards
  • Nominated for Best Female Performer at the 2018 New England Music Awards
  • Winner of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Voice Competition
  • Winner of the 2015 Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition
  • Finalist at the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
Education
  • B.A., Berklee Online, electronic music production and sound design 
In Their Own Words

"I want the students I work with to come away from our lessons with confidence and a feeling of encouragement—as well as more technique and emotion in their performances."

"Everything I have ever done and still do is related to my music career—singing, playing, acting, and so much more. I learn more and more all of the time. As a result of my experiences, I am always excited to pass my knowledge on to the students I work with. This is how my background contributes to my teaching."

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