Thursday, April 10, 2008
La La (born LaForest Cope in Queens, New York) was a female R&B singer\songwriter who was one of the most successsful urban contemporary songwriters of the '80s. She has written songs for Kashif, Lillo Thomas, Melba Moore, Glenn Jones, George Pettis, Bernard Wright and Whitney Houston.
Raised in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, La La started playing the piano when she was 5 years old and gave a piano recital at Carnegie Hall when she was 9 years old.
After leaving New York's High School of Music and Art, she formed a band called Jack Sass, which played Top 40 cover versions on the club scene. As the band's reputation grew, La La began introducing more of her own songs into the repertoire before attending Julliard to major in composition.
In 1981, La La was invited to tour with Stacy Lattisaw, who opened up for the Jacksons on a national tour. Following this, she sang with R&B group, Change along with the late Luther Vandross where her voice was heard on their song "The Glow of Love" which was co-written by Wayne K. Garfield, (one of her childhood friends from East Elmhurst).
La La played one of her songs called "Stone Love" to another neighborhood friend, R&B singer, Kashif, who recorded it on his debut album in 1983.
With help from Kashif, La La signed to Arista Records and released her self-titled debut album in 1987 which peaked at #57 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
To see a fan-made video for "(If You) Love Me Just a Little," go to:
To see a video of La La performing "My Love is on the Money" on "Soul Train," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "We'll Keep Striving," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Always," go to:
[updated on 08\07\12]