Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, vocalist Laurie K. Lewis (a.k.a Laurie Seaman), her sister Jinny Seaman on bass with their band Pitche Blende frequently toured with Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and Ted Neugent in the early 1970’s. Laurie’s move to Chicago gave her an opportunity to work with commercial and studio demos in the recording industry as a vocalist as well as a studio technician. Her experience with renowned recording artist/guitarist Harvey Mandel and special vocal guest with The Spinners brought Laurie to a new level of performance. Laurie’s earliest years in Chicago include live performances with Big Band leader, Les Elgart, Jim Beebe’s Chicago Jazz and the Celebration Road Show.
Laurie’s 7-year partnership with Barb Unger-Wertico, also known as “Les Amies”, caught the attention of the music community with their unique style. Laurie and Barb’s genre, which included rock, pop, folk, jazz, show tunes, fusion and classics also caught the attention of the Chicago based group “The Buckinghams.” Laurie joined The Buckinghams in 1983 and they released an album entitled “A Matter of Time.” The Buckinghams were featured on ‘The Happy Together Tour’ with The Turtles, Gary Lewis, and The Grassroots, playing to SRO audiences in 125 cities and proclaimed one of the most successful tours that year by Billboard and Performance magazines. She also recorded an album in 1997 with Gary Puckett entitled “Is This Love.”
Ms. Lewis also appeared with Bob Monroe on various projects and concerts with Greg Kihn and 10,000 Maniacs. She also co-arranged vocals while working extensively in the recording studio with Wayne Nelson, lead vocalist of “The Little River Band”.
Laurie became a lead vocalist with The Mamas and the Papas in 1986 and toured with them both nationally and internationally as a replacement for her friend actress/singer, McKenzie Philips. The folk rock vocals of John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Spanky McFarlane and Laurie K. Lewis resounded around the world on their tours through the United Kingdom, Europe, the Pacific Rim and extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Their special guests included renowned artists like Scott McKenzie, Lou Christi, Gary US Bonds, Martha Reeves, The Bay City Rollers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Everly Brothers, Guess Who, Suzie Quatro, Herman’s Hermits, Gary Puckett, The Association, Wind Machine, Roger McGuinn, Connie Francis, Peggy Lord, Andy Williams, and Michelle Phillips, the former diva of the group. The New Mamas & Papas received the prestigious RSH award in 1993 in Germany during a live television performance. Later on, Spanky McFarlane reformed “Spanky and Our Gang” and featured Laurie as part of the gang along with some of the original members from the ’60’s.
Presently, Laurie is featured on Oasis 2 Christmas CD with her arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is also featured with her group “The Livingstones”. Also included on the project is Big Tent Revival, The Kry, Terry & Nancy Clark, Gary Puckett, Glenn Kaiser, Limit X and many other artists. Although miles apart Laurie and her sister Jinny Seaman who now resides in Chicago, ILL., continue to play together whenever they can as “The Seaman Sisters”. Laurie taught music at Horizon Elementary School in San Diego, CA. for 6 years and is now the music director for Christ Community Church in Mira Mesa, CA.
Jackie Hard Townsend saysJanuary 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm
So glad to hear both Laurie and Jenny have stayed active in the music world. We were Jr. High friends. I used to help with the light show at times. Jackie (Hard) Townsend