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. Mud and Stone debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, and topped at #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, receiving airplay in US and Canada as well as France, Italy, and the Netherlands.
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.