THE LAND OF LALA
Laurissa "Lala" Romain is an American actress / singer-songwriter known for her work on Netflix’s hit series The Politician and TBS’ Are We There Yet?! She was cast in Spike Lee’s Son Of The South portraying freedom rider Brenda Travis. Previously she played Rosario Dawson’s daughter in Chris Rock’s Top Five as well as being apart of the original Broadway cast of South Pacific, completing the entire 3 year run.
In 2020 she led the short film You Were Always which garnered her a nomination for best lead actress at the International Film Festival in France.
Most recently she finished filming projects Kurt aka The Man Behind The Camera, which explores the rise and demise of one model's career through the eyes of a famous yet fading photographer. Romain will play Veronica in the upcoming feature film, it is set to land on Netflix later this year.
Lala's Latest Single'Tough Love' Out Now!
Tough Love premiered on Valentine’s Day 2020 and was featured in an article on Black Women In Music.
"Laurissa Romain has an identity that’s both inspirational and well-rounded enough to set the standard for current and future generations."
"She has an undoubtedly influential spirit that is only elevated by her ability to take personal experience, cultural diversity, and a continually-nurtured set of skills and talents, and create her own bewitching version of black girl magic."
Black Girl Magic
"All my girls they know they have it"
Black Girl Magic premiered during Black History Month of 2019 along with the official music video which was sponsored by the black female run and owned clothing/shoe brands Ofuure and Tiannia Barnes.
The single caught the attention of the Broadway community as well as the public and sparked a #BlackGirlMagicChallenge across social media where women of color would come together, dance, and flaunt what makes them beautiful and unique.
The songs success also landed Lala the cover & top story in March '19s issue of the online magazine emilycottontop.com
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How It Started
Lala's debut single “Wasn't Love” was released in 2017
"She uses the impressive range of her soft, yet stirring, voice to evoke whichever emotion her intentions call you to feel."
- Petra Lomax
Lala's follow up single Marathon was released a few months after Wasn’t Love. She then got booked to open NYFW that same year debuting it live at The Delancey.
The venue had her back for a solo show as well as a night at The Bitter End where both shows sold out. Her debut performances were covered by the press and garnered her a featured article in West Side Spirit.
"Laurissa “Lala” Romain has a maturity and joie de vivre that goes way beyond her years."
In April that year Lala got to open for Shawn Mendes and Sabrina Carpenter at the IZZE Fusion Concert sponsored by Z100 at Duggal Greenhouse in BK NY.
Lala has also sung backup for Mariah Carey at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and Kerri Hilson for the 5th Ave Snowflake Lighting.
A highlight for the singer was getting to work with the one and only Debbie Gibson on her new Broadway Musical she is developing inspired by the Columbia Pictures film Skirts.
The record was cut and shot at Questlove’s Studio in 30Rock.
Son Of The South
I WOKE UP WITH MY MIND STAYED ON FREEDOM
She made a singing cameo honoring freedom rider, Brenda Travis in Spike Lee’s Son Of The South which was announced on Variety, Deadline & Broadway World
MAKING HER WAY BACK TO THE BIG SCREEN
You Were Always
"SO THE WORLD SPINS ON AND DREAMS END"
Two days after returning home from filming Son Of The South in Alabama she headed upstate to Woodstock to start filming the short film You Were Always which would be her first leading role. The short debuted as apart of the Nice Film Festival in France and received 4 nominations including her own for Best Lead Actress.
The Man Behind The Camera
She plays Veronica in the upcoming feature film The Man Behind The Camera soon to be released on Netflix in 2021.
The 8th Play
In December and through the new year Lala completed a limited run of a new Off-Broadway play which was a part of the Irish Theater Festival.
The play received 8 nominations and won Best Play at Origin Theater and The 1st Irish Theater Festival Awards, which she had the honor of opening by singing a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing".
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
The last time Lala had appeared on stage prior to The 8th Play was on Broadway in the Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
The show won 7 Tony Awards and she completed the full 3 year run.
HER PAST WORK INCLUDES
Paramount Pictures Top Five, Chris Rock's Directorial debut, where she played Rosario Dawson’s Daughter along with a star studded cast.
TBS’ Are We There Yet?! Starting Ice Cube and Terry Crews
She's done voice over work with IHeart Radio, Z100, Elvis Duran, The Breakfast Club and more, as well as singing the Hess Truck jingle for 7+ years.