Virginia Arts Festival adds pop-jazz fusion singer-songwriter Laufey to lineup

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The Virginia Arts Festival this week announced the latest addition to its 2023-24 season: Laufey.

An Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter, Laufey (pronounced lāy-vāy) fuses jazz and pop. Her influences include jazz superstars Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and — like any good Gen Z-er — Taylor Swift. The 24-year-old’s 2023 album, “Bewitched,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Her TikTok channel has received more than 6 million views and she uses it and her Instagram account, “Laufey Land,” to bring in fans of her music and projected lifestyle.

Writing for Billboard last week, music publishing reporter Kristin Robinson characterized “Laufey Land” as a place where Laufey’s “best days involve sipping lattes, reading Joan Didion and wearing the latest styles from Sandy Liang, and where listening to Chet Baker and playing the cello are the absolute coolest, hippest things to do.”

Laufey will perform on June 23 at the VAF’s annual Williamsburg Live on The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Colin Warren-Hicks, 919-818-8138, colin.warrenhicks@virginiamedia.com