Difference Music Makes
Laura Corlin and this award winnging CD 'The Difference Music Makes' has been featured on National Public Television on ZOOM and will be featured for a week on Jewel's web-site SOULCITYCAFE.COM! Laura has toured New England and performed live for the young patients at the St. Jude Children's Hospital, in Memphis, TN, The Childeren's Hospital at Dartmouth/Hitchcock in Lebanon, NH and has appeared live on the National Mall in Washington, DC at the International Child Art Festival in September of 2003! At the young age of 15, Laura Corlin has independetly produced and performed on her first full lenght CD called The Difference Music Makes. A series of music CDs created to benefit young hospital patients living with life-threatening diseases. 'Laura has a really good ear for music,' said Scott Richardson, Laura's voice teacher for the past two years, 'and knows when it's not working and can self-correct. She's highly refined in that sense. Laura is unbelievably focused for her age,' he said. 'Focused and organized. An awesome kid.' Laura's desire is as strong as her talent. 'I've been performing since the age of 6,' she said, 'and I haven't stopped. One of my greatest passions is sharing my talents with people ... It's this rush of excitement and a bit of nervousness, but complete happiness when I'm on the stage.''Laura is someone who truly loves music, all kinds of music and that is rare for someone her age,' Richardson said. In the last few months, he and Laura have tried out many different children's songs for the CD. Richardson arranges and Laura sings. When they find something that works, they record it, either during her weekly, one-hour lessons or after a few days of tweaking and tinkering. 'I literally teach in my studio,' Richardson said. 'There I have access to synthesizers and high-tech equipment. Last month we did a medley of three songs: 'Do Re Mi,' the ABC song and 'One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians,'' Richardson said. 'We wove classical, jazz and country in and out of the songs, exposing kids to different kinds of music.' 'The Difference Music Makes' was a youth created community service project created to benefit the young patients during treatments from cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 2002 by then, 15 year old New Hampshire resident, Laura Corlin, this project is a three fold event, providing fundraising efforts to benefit the hospital research facility, but with the main focus of providing young patients with the gift of music! Corlin has independently produced and recorded a ten song music CD called 'The Difference Music Makes'. For ten years, Laura donated this music series to young patients so that they may enjoy music during their treatments and hospital stays. 100% of CD's sales were donated to purchase CD players for the children to listen to their new music on and also to medical research. The service program donated over $32,000.00 in music CDs, CD players and donations for medical reshearch! During those ten years, The Difference Music Makes also reached out to the arts community with an invitation for professionals to join in this effort by donating their CD's to this wonderful cause. Laura has overseen the distribution of over 700 CDs donated from over 50 artists across the US and Canada. The service program has since been regognized internationally by The Discover Card Tribute Award, Kohls Kids Who Care, The Blair Sadler Internation Arts in Healthchare Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the United Way Spirit of the Seacoast Youth Service Award! And there is much more to Laura Corlin. She has an extensive performance resume as an accomplished vocalist and actor. She has trained in voice, drama, and dance while performing in professional, community and school theaters, throughout New England, since the age of six. Some of her favorite theater roles include 'Dorothy' in The Wizard of Oz and 'Ariel' in Footloose. She holds state and national pageant titles, student film credit at Keen State College in 'The Kohl War' and national film credit with NH Public Television's production 'Nature Works'. Her troupe of very talented youth performers 'Musical Youth Performers' provided entertainment for various state and national benefit events. Laura is National Anthem soloist with over 100 appearances at the Universities of NH and RI, the Nashua Pride Professional Baseball, the NH State House, the NBA Boston Celtics Summer Program, and more.