Laura Rivela began playing music at the age of four.
Throughout her upbringing, she studied piano organ,
ballet and tap dance, often performing in school talent
shows and plays.
A gifted musician, Miss Rivela also began to play several
other instruments including the guitar, bass guitar, clarinet,
flute, saxophone and the drums. Throughout this time,
Miss Rivela was developing her vocal style, being
At the age of thirteen, Miss Rivela began singing and performing pop and rock music with local musicians. She often performed with her band Truancy at the South Huntington Teen Center, the West 48th Street Hall
of Music Battle of the Bands, and other local establishments. In 1981, Miss Rivela, being the only female performer, won the Best Vocalist Award for the Munro Music Battle of the Bands.
After that, Miss Rivela studied Music Business at Five Towns College receiving The Music Business Award
of Excellence. She continued her studies in Music Theory and Composition at Hofstra University where she also served as a university mentor for other students. Miss Rivela's performances included classical duets, choral pieces, and working with student jazz ensembles. She also worked with numerous local musicians
at parties, private receptions, and for church activities.
Soon after, Miss Rivela joined the three piece group known as Step by Step.
In between numerous gigs at catering halls, restaurants, backyard parties
and resort destinations such as Gurney's Inn, she worked as a soloist who
would transcribe, record, and perform her own MIDI background tracks.
She also gave piano lessons and often did studio recording sessions.
Eventually, Miss Rivela joined the 9-piece group known as The Changing Times
where she continued to develop her craft as a singer and keyboard player.
While playing at an American Cancer Society fund raiser, Miss Rivela was
approached by Class Act Enterprises. It was then she started MIDI sequencing
eventually she became the Musical Director for the Cleftones, traveling
nationally and internationally with them.
She has performed at venues such as:
"From the Heart Concerts" at Nassau Coliseum
The Meadowlands Arena (now known as The Continental Arena)
Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino
Oneida Reservations Hotel and Casino
The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas
The "Rhythm Riot" weekend in Rye, England
"Screamin' Summer Festival" in Barcelona, Spain
and the renowned Sands in Atlantic City
She has worked with or alongside artists such as:
Miss Rivela has also appeared on the PBS Doo-Wop Gold Concerts.
In 2012, she was awarded East End Arts 2012 Volunteer of the Year
for her volunteerism and musical performance at their 40th Gala
held at Raphael's Winery in Peconic, New York.
Some of her teachers have been:
Estelle Morgen - Pop and Jazz vocals (Julliard and Yale technique)
Tamara Slobodkin - Classical Piano (Taubman technique)
William Zito - Classical Guitar
Wes Belcamp - Jazz piano
Dr. Howard Cinnamon - Music Theory
Bugs Bower - Musical Arranging
Miss Rivela continues to record and perform nationally
at various Eastern Long Island wineries, golf club houses,
private parties, fundraisers, and restaurants.
~ For bookings, please check out her website Laura Rivela Music
Here is a video of Laura singing "It's Too Late"
Nick met Laura about 30 years ago, when his company
Class Act Enterprises was managing the legendary group
The Chordettes of “Mr. Sandman” & “Lollipop” fame.
Laura helped put a medley of classic songs together
that represented their style, and genre of music.
In this thirty year period, Laura became the piano player
for The Cleftones band, and on numerous occasions took
over the musical director responsibilities.
They are now in production mode to put
together a CD of original and classic songs.
"Nothing Is Wrong"
By Laura Rivela
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