September 3,1982 / Montrose voice 25
By Nick Fede
When you're a doe-eyed young singer with
a number one hit called "Gloria," your life
can become one of sparkling stardom.
The singer is Laura Branigan and she
floored a receptive capacity house at
Numbers in her first Texas appearance on
Strong vocals throughout her 30 minute
performance complimented her. outfit of
taut black leather pants and boots—
contrasted by a zebra-print top.
While singing "Cross Fire," Laura
pranced and her soft, translucent eyes
shone directly into the crowd.
After asking the crowd to move in closer
and "Spend All Night With Me," she sang
and lithely danced across the stage.
Then she told the crowd "a story about a
girl I know, who keeps following me."
That girl is the fictional song heroine of
her internationally-known dance hit. She
said, "I know you know her name. Let's
hear it!" The crowd shouted, "Gloria!"
"You feel it in the Btudio when it's a hit,"
said the singer in a post-show interview.
"Gloria fever," as Laura described it, was
born five years ago when Italian
songwriter/ singer Umberto Tozzi sold 30
million copies in Europe of his version of
Producer Jack White first brought the
song to her attention after having experienced the "fever" himself when dancing
to the original Tozzi version in a European
Laura "grew up around dogs, cats and
chickens" at her parents home in Brewster, New York. She talked about her love
for "animals, people and performing," but
not neccesBarily in that order.
"I want to sing, do theater, films and
everything because I want to run the
gamut," she Baid about her career plans.
Laura sang on tour for three months,
and that included, "three television shows
and a special in Germany," as well as a
performance in London. "It's a completely
different market in Europe," she said,
because, "Talent there is major if played
(on radio) more than three times a week."
Laura haB begun choosing material for
her album to be recorded in October following her impressive first effort titled simply
"Branigan," She describes her music as
"Branigan Rock," and said, "The emotion
is very important in my singing and I
want to really reach out and grab the
She did grab them as performer and
crowd became one, dancing, unified body.
"The audience is the other half," she said,
and "It's just like being in or making love;
it takes more than one."
You may admire a performer who says
of her career, "Everything has it's time,
but I will do it all." Strap on your seatbelts
now because rock sung by Laura Branigan is one incredibly musical flight.
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