The press was ecstatic after LaGaylia’s debut in Sweden with Robert Wells’ “Rhapsody in Rock”-tour summer 2000:
“Phenomenal Frazier! What a voice, what a woman, what a show! ”
“LaGaylia is a new acquaintance, an American who will give many Swedes a “happy-chock” this summer“
After moving to Sweden in 2001 LaGaylia was quickly embraced by the Swedish audience and entertainment industry alike. It was a matter of the heart that gave LaGaylia the courage to move from Florida to Sundsvall. She now lives in Stockholm and in 2008 she became a Swedish citizen.
From the age of 5 she was a dedicated piano player. Then came the abrupt change whilst studying music at a college in Miami when LaGaylia began to focus on singing. At Miami University she studied classical voice, jazz, music theory and composition. As a teenager she became a member of the group “Bandera” who had a radio hit in Florida with the song “Voodoo”. The band also toured in Europe. Later she started a R&B band playing clubs in and around Fort Lauderdale where she highlighted at the Coconut club in Fort Lauderdale.
It was there the legendary artist manager Eliot Weisman of Premier Artists discovered LaGaylia and signed her to his management. In his management were Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Eliot Weisman was responsible for the legendary tour, “The Ultimate Event” starring Frank, Liza and Sammy. Under Weisman’s management LaGaylia performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. A favourite of the top comedian Don Rickles, LaGaylia opened for him in those venues. LaGaylia was hand-picked for a singing part in the movie “The Specialist” (Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone). After a re-mix of the song “Shower me with love”, it ranked number 12 on U.S. Billboard’s ‘Dance Chart’ where it remained for four months 1994/1995.
Much of her musical talent and inspiration LaGaylia ascribes to her father Hal Frazier, a professional singer who came up through the ranks with Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Vic Damone. Father Hal was often seen in American TV shows such as “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. LaGaylia’s other musical inspirations are Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Prince and Average White Band.
Since 2000, being Robert Wells’ favourite Diva, she has been a frequent guest with his successfull “Rhapsody in Rock” in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and at the Royal Albert Hall in London 2001 and 2002.
In 2002 she performed at the Polar Music Prize where she sang Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” to Miriam Makeba who was that year’s recipient.
LaGaylia made her musical debut in 2003 as Anita in “West Side Story” at Malmö Opera & Music Theatre.
With the song “It’s in the stars” she participated in the national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. The next year she contributed with the ballad “Nothing at all“.
LaGaylia toured with the reknowned jazz clarinet player Putte Wickman in “A tribute to Putte Wickman” in 2004 and 2005.
She participated twice for the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria at her televised official birthday celebration. In 2005 she had also the honor to perform the Royal Anthem.
In 2007 she released her debut album “LaGaylia Uncovered” released on her label TBG (That Black Girl).
That same year she was asked to participate in the memorial concert of the Swedish music legend Povel Ramel at Stockholm’s City Hall.
In 2008 she won the annual “Baltic Music Festival” with her song “Over and Over Again“.
Since 2010 she collaborates with the Swedish jazz pianist Jan Lundgren. LaGaylia & Jan Lundgren Trio have been recognized in Sweden as well as in Europe.
The following quotes are from the prestigious British jazz magazine“Jazz Journal” from Ystad Jazz Festival 2011:
“…a knockout meeting with Florida-born, now Swedish resident singer, LaGaylia Frazier…”
“The result was some of the most flawlessly musical, exciting and moving music of the weekend…”
“LaGaylia is a real find and ought not to be confined to any one location in the world”
“…the audience was enchanted by her enormous vocal range, agile phrasing, fearsome soul-jazz power and dynamic physical performance.”
In 2010 LaGaylia received the Anita O’Day Award.
A current project is LaGaylia’s Music Clinic. A workshop that brings her to Swedish music schools to inspire students on how to find their musical expression.
LaGaylia is an Ambassador for the Swedish charity organization Star of Hope. In 2003 she arranged a concert to raise money for the war relief project in Iraq, engaging two of her favourite Swedish artists, Helen Sjoholm and Nils Landgren. The proceeds of the sold-out performance went to the charity.
Since being a proud parent of two sponsored children in Haiti, LaGaylia made a visit to the country after the earthquake disaster in 2010.
LaGaylia is a frequent guest on Swedish television and has been involved in more than 40 productions.