Rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies are the hallmark of Loretta Hagen's musical career. A 2011 winner of the New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. Hagen, a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter brings her songs to life with gentle sincerity and tongue-in-cheek musings through her depiction of the human experience in today's economic and social climates. Loretta's melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.
Hagen has shared the stage with Roger McGuinn, John Gorka, Jonathan Edwards, Johnny Winter, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson, and Kim Richey, to name a few, as well as headlined many of her own shows.
Career highlights include performances at many concert venues and festivals throughout the Northeast and Nashville such as Outpost In The Burbs, Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Acoustic Cafe, Listen Live Music, Borderline Folk Music Club, FMSHNY Hard Luck Cafe, Art Barn Songwriters Series, SteelStacks, Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Bluebird Cafe, Black Potatoe Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Acoustic Live in NYC Showcase, Musikfest, SS Cape May, New Jersey Folk Festival, and Hudson Valley Songfest and Music Expo6.
Following her critically acclaimed CD Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country. Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother who suffers with Alzheimer's Disease. The emotionally charged ballad is included on the soundtrack of a film called "10 Mountains 10 Years" chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising awareness about the disease.
Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and harmony vocalist and djembe player Linda Lambiase, or with full band if requested.
"Mud and Stone will be a treasure for weeks, months and years to come." - Ron Olesko,
WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditions Radio Show
"Loretta Hagen writes songs that sound like they can come from the Heartland, but they also really come from the heart." - John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
"Loretta has a magnificent voice and is a terrific performer! Great new CD!" - Jim Monaghan, WDHA-FM, All Mixed Up Radio Show
"I've always enjoyed [Loretta Hagen's] music since I first heard [her] a few years back. [Loretta's] songs sound incredible. I love that!" - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditiions Radio Show
"I'm Gone - beautiful! That one's got HIT written all over it! Very powerful songwriting!" - Ron Olesko,
WFDU-FM 89.1,Traditions Radio Show
"Loretta's manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming grace that you don't realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!" - Laura Foord, Heights House Concerts
"[Loretta's been] blessed with ... an uncanny gift of being able to write songs about everyday life which tug on the heart strings" - Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club
VIDEO ~ Loretta Hagen @BCH Barrington Coffeehouse
VIDEO ~ "I'm Gone" by Loretta Hagen 4pc @COYOTERIDGE MUSIC SERIES http://youtu.be/HYOKP56YHYM (Courtesy Bernie Stapleton)
www.cdbaby.com/lorettahagen3 "Mud and Stone"
www.cdbaby.com/lorettahagen2 "Sundown Till Dawn"