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Laurel Massé


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Few artists can claim to have started their career in music at the top, but as an original member of the universally-acclaimed quartet The Manhattan Transfer, that is exactly what Laurel Massé did. With her lush, expressive voice, absolute pitch, flawless diction and ready wit, the statuesque redhead left her indelible mark on the group. “I have never forgotten what I learned in my years with Manhattan Transfer,” says Massé, “and I will always cherish the thrill of being part of that wonderful sound.”

She toured internationally with the Transfer for seven years, recording four albums (since certified gold and platinum) and the movie soundtrack of Just a Gigolo, which starred David Bowie, Kim Novak, and Marlene Dietrich in her final screen appearance. Massé also made numerous television appearances; her favorites include Mary Tyler Moore’s 1974 television special Mary’s Incredible Dream, and in the Manhattan Transfer Show on CBS TV in 1975.

In 1978, a near-fatal automobile accident cut short her tenure with the group. When she resumed her career after nearly two years of convalescence, it was as a solo artist. Her continuing development as a singer led to the recording of several successful solo albums. The first two, Alone Together and Easy Living, both made the Billboard Jazz charts; the third, Again, was a People magazine pick.

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