Lydia "The LovelySinger” Harrell is one of Boston’s finest musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative songwriting have garnered her the attention and respect of the nation’s finest musicians and venues. Jazz/Soul is where her heart is, however, Lydia has shown an unbreakable ability to mold herself into any musical situation. Be it performing with the Boston Pops, serenading NBA fans with America’s National Anthem, or lending her vocal talents to a chart-topping deep house singles by British record label, Reel People Music, Lydia’s dedication to extracting the pure essence of song goes virtually unmatched.
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Lydia consistently performs more than 150 shows a year not only as a solo act, but also in collaborations with other artists such as world renowned Jazz musician, Bobby Floyd and as one-half of the background singing duo, The Lady Parts (providing backing vocals for artists such as Zap Mama, Ryan Montbleau and many more).
Some of her notable musical accolades include singing lead on a Bob Marley Tribute Album distributed by Sony Music Latin, winning the 2015 Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition, performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC (2016), winning the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Voice Competition and winner of the Best Song at the 48 Hour Film Project Boston. More recently, Lydia sang on the 2022 Daytime Emmy Winning song, “Grateful For It All” written by Brad Hatfield, Gaye Tolan Hatfield and Jeff Meegan and aired on The Young and The Restless in May 2021. Lydia was invited to sing backing vocals for the great Jon Batiste in September 2022 along with The Boston Pops accompanying.
In addition to her accomplishments as a musical artist, Lydia is a film/TV, voiceover and theatre actress. She has appeared in many commercials, films and theatre productions. She was cast in the New Repertory Theatre production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" playing the role of the one and only Billie Holiday. Unfortunately the show was canceled due to the pandemic. Since then, Lydia has appeared in the 2023 Hulu/20th Century Film, Boston Strangler and performed as Sarah's Friend in Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert with the Boston Pops. In March 2023, she released her first single that she composed, performed and produced in many years, Don't Let It. Since being a part of the Club Passim Folk Collective, Lydia has become inspired to record several new projects all coming very soon. Lydia is also a voice instructor at, one of the top music colleges in the world, Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online.