b. La Forrest Cope, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
La La (not to be confused with Lalah Hathaway), is a singer and songwriter from Queens in New York.
La La took up the piano at the age of five and gave a piano recital at Carnegie Hall aged nine.
After leaving New York's High School Of Music And Art she formed a band called Jack Sass, which played Top 40 cover versions on the club scene.
As the groups reputation grew, La La began introducing more of her own songs into the repertoire before she went to Juilliard to major in composition.
Her voice was heard on their tune 'The Glow Of Love'.
She played one of her songs, 'Stone Love', to neighbourhood friend Kashif who recorded it on his debut album in 1983.
La La has penned songs for many artists inlcuding Lillo Thomas ('All Of You'), Melba Moore ('Living For Your Love' and 'It's Really Love'), Glenn Jones ('Show Me' and 'Stay'), Giorge Pettus ('My Night For Love') and a solo release 'Into The Night' which was featured on the 'Beat Street' soundtrack album.
Through Kashif, she had a couple of her tunes recorded by Whitney Houston ('You Give Good Love' and 'Thinking About You') before signing to Arista (both Kashif and Whitney Houston's label) as an artist.
In 1987, a debut album 'La La', included 'We'll Keep Striving' (a duet with Bernard Wright, was released, but she left the label shortly afterwards.
Her debut Motown album was 'La La Means I Love You' in 1991.
La La (Arista Records 1987)
La La Means I Love You! (Motown Records 1991)