Lara Herscovitch is a modern American troubadour and a singer-songwriter-performer who whowrites masterful modern folk music, sings with authenticity, humor, and heart, and delivers performances that inspire and entertain diverse audiences.
Sound Waves Magazine described her mastery as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul.” This craftsmanship travels on a voice that Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” and is accompanied by guitar infused with her skill as a percussionist.
Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she has played thousands of notable stages and festivals including A Prairie Home Companion (American Public Media) and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival & Great Hudson River Revival.
Her themes span a broad range, including poetic treasure maps and stories of circus escaping, caterpillar racing, tire pressure and the meaning of life, underdogs and misfits, connection and courage, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation.
The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Africa, focused on education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. Lara tours and performs widely across the US, playing solo and with her backing band the Highway Philosophers. She is a regular guest speaker, keynote presenter, and workshop facilitator on themes including creative courage; songwriting; team-building around values and mission; and artistic advocacy for a healthier world. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a MSW in Policy from the University of Connecticut.