After studying Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History at the University of Wisconsin, Laurence graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969.
Founding Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 1973, Laurence began an active participation in the local creative communities in Washington D.C., and then New York City and Accra Ghana, working with dance companies, performance artists, visual artists, art centers, musicians, production companies and galleries.
As one of the first local music lawyers in Washington, Laurence represented recording studios, record companies and well-known artists like Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, considered the “Godfather of Go-Go Music”. His first record company produced the local Washington D.C. “art bands” Tiny Desk Unit and Egoslavia.
Moving to New York City in 1994 Laurence founded a second record company, Global Beat – The Pulse of the Earth. Working out of the legendary recording studio Power Station and establishing the company’s US and international operations, with international distribution and a world-wide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. Global Beat released albums featuring African, Native American, Caribbean, Chinese and Indian artists, winning music video awards and receiving accolades from the press and critics.
In addition to record company experience, Laurence has packaged and managed entertainment projects, and produced fashion shows, music videos, concerts at venues including the United Nations General Assembly Hall and the New Jersey Convention Center, and global virtual events.
Laurence is the Founder of RHYTHMS OF THE GLOBE® – EVOLVING LIFESTYLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY®. RHYTHMS OF THE GLOBE is an entertainment company developing a wide-range of consumer-related products and services.
Executive Producer of the PURPOSE EARTH Grant and Mentorship Program Production Team, producing three global virtual events comprising interactive live and pre-recorded programming at the intersection of science, technology, transformative practices and the arts. (www.purposeearth.org).
Created, produced, and directed the annual Poetry Slam for Peace, in 2020 broadcast from the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side of New York. (vimeo.com/464410257).
Laurence has been traveling to West Africa for more than 40 years, primarily Ghana, working closely with the local arts communities.
Currently producing Akwaaba, a romantic comedy of a woman’s self-discovery through an upbeat, humorous journey to present day Ghana — part of the new positive narratives to change perceptions of Africa through her creativity.
Working with the artists and galleries at Gallery Row, Labadi Beach, Accra, Ghana — Traditional and Contemporary African Art
Co-produced the Radford Graduate Fashion Show, to celebrate the first class to graduate from a university in Ghana with a degree in Fashion Design. Major sponsors were Ecobank, Vodafone and Google. The Fashion Show was attended by more than 400 people, including the Minister of Education, members of the National Accreditation Board.