• July 12-15, 2020
  • Hyatt Regency - Schaumburg, IL

Laurie Akers

Laurie Akers is a Chicago-based soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Following graduation from the University of Michigan’s acclaimed Musical Theatre program, Laurie spent ten years performing in Broadway and regional productions. In addition, Laurie was honored with the title of Miss USO, in which she spent a year travelling globally to visit US Military troops as a US ambassador. Laurie is a celebrated Jewish Rock Radio artist and serves as the host of the Chicago Sings Jewish Rock Radio series, which brings together cantors and musicians from over 20 congregations in the Chicagoland area to create and share original Jewish music. Her song, Stand Strong, served as the anthem for the March of Our Lives rally in suburban Chicago, the RAC’s (Religious Action Center) Illinois launch, and has been included in numerous social justice concerts throughout the country including the 2019 Consultation of Conscience in Washington D.C and the American Conference of Cantors 2019 Social Justice concert in Atlanta. Her compositions can be found in various Transcontinental Publications anthologies including Chazak V’Ematz: Jewish Songs of Hope and ProtestShabbat Anthology IX and Nigun Anthology Volume III. Laurie was recently commissioned to compose music for some of the most esteemed congregations in the country including Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. Laurie’s diverse musical performances include participating as a concert soloist alongside Keith Urban and Bernadette Peters, and most recently at New York City’s JDC Conference, an international celebration of influential Jewish women. Laurie will be a featured artist at the upcoming 2019 URJ Biennial in Chicago. In the spring of 2020, Laurie will celebrate the launch of SHUL SISTERS, a cantorial trio, with Cantor Rachel Brook of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York and Cantor Rachel Goldman of Congregation Ner Tamid in California. Laurie proudly serves as the full-time cantorial soloist at Congregation Or Shalom in suburban Chicago. In addition, she frequently serves as a guest artist at congregations throughout the country. Laurie is currently pursuing cantorial certification through the Cantors Assembly’s CICA program. Laurie recently released her first EP, The Key of We, which can be downloaded ITunes, Spotify and CDBaby. Laurie and her husband, Brad, have three children, Levi, Ashton and Isaac.