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June 19, 2014

Singer-Songwriter Raises Awareness for Neglected, Abused, Unwanted Dogs

(Lapeer, Michigan) – Laurie Horn never thought when she began volunteering for Detroit Bully Corps that she would be so inspired by their work to one day write a song about it. That is, until one day last summer when Laurie helped DBC clean up a dilapidated park in the heart of a known dogfighting ring. The idea was to give the park back to the community and to let the dog fighters know they were being watched by the canine rescue organization. Toward the end of the clean up mission, a stray dog wandered up to Laurie. He was a very friendly guy with gentle brown eyes and a charming demeanor. No one wanted to abandon him there in the park, so Laurie and the other volunteers walked him around the neighborhood to see if anyone was missing their pet. Sadly, no one claimed him, so Detroit Bully Corps brought him back to their facility and called him Kowalski. Laurie didn’t know it at the time, but this event would later inspire her to write a song from the dog’s point of view.

“DBC’s co-founder Bill Bellottie knew I was a singer-songwriter and asked if I would be interested in writing a song DBC could use in a promotional video. Would I??!!! I jumped at the chance,” Laurie says. “After sitting down with Bill and his wife Missi to talk about DBC, where they started, their philosophy and beliefs, ‘Simply Me’ was born. It became sort of a tribute to Bill’s dog Amber, who inspired him to start rescuing dogs, and to Kowalski, the little guy we rescued at Balduck Park.”

Detroit Bully Corps focuses on rehabilitating neglected, abused and unwanted bully breed dogs to get them adopted into forever homes. They currently have 21 dogs in various stages of their program, with 19 of them available for adoption. Bully breeds include Bull, Terrier and Molosser breeds, like the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Boxer, Mastiff, Rottweiler and more. Keeping in line with DBC’s mission, Laurie set forth to write a song that touches very briefly on the sad beginnings of rescue and concentrates on the rehabilitation.

“Bill emphasized during our discussion that he never wants anyone to pity his dogs. Don’t cry for them; they are okay now,” says Laurie. “He also never wants anyone to try to put them into a single category. He wants people to let the dogs tell them what they want to be. ‘Let me be simply me.’”

After “Simply Me (Amber’s Story)” was completed, Laurie contacted Eric Harabadian and Lisa Hagopian of Vision 561 Productions to produce a video to accompany the song. The team spent an afternoon videotaping at DBC’s facility in Lapeer emphasizing each dog’s own personality and abilities. Lisa also edited in still photos of the dogs in various stages of rehabilitation, but was careful not to be too sappy.

Laurie added, “Bill didn’t want a teary Sarah McLachlan-type song. I think I got it right!”

About Detroit Bully Corps

Detroit Bully Corps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Lapeer, Michigan, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bully Breeds, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier. For more information, visit or To view the “Simply Me (Amber’s Story)” video, visit

Amber Laurie en route w/Kowalski to his forever home!
 Laurie Horn, Rumpled Covers - Review in the April 2012 issue of Detroit Live Magazine.
After releasing two independent CDs of original rock, pop, and country-tinged material Detroit area singer-songwriter Horn decided to put her unique spin on some of ther favorite classic rock tunes. Foreigner's "Double Vision" gets a jazzy redux, complete with some sexy sax by Eric Kot. The Eagles' "Witchy Woman" retains the original's mystic feel but has more of a world beat vibe. "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin" gets the jazz treatment as well and brings the bluesy mood of the Journey classic back to its essence. The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" is pretty straight ahead but a little lighter. Horn packs plenty of emotion behind the Badfinger ballad by Harry Nilsson. Bryan Adams' "Run To You" (the only track produced here by Ron Nevison) is pretty faithful to the original but Horn kicks it up a notch with her passion. And speaking of passion, one might feel a little tingly after experiencing the electronica/house/dub mix of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". Let's just say this ain't your momma or daddy's version.  It's all superbly produced and engineered by Nick Dalbis who also played the majority of instruments.  Horn does a great job of taking these very familiar pop/rock songs and making them her own. ### - Eric Harabadian
Leicester Bangs Review (2012):, February 22, 2012-  on AMAZON.COM
This review is from: Rumpled Covers (MP3 Download)  4.0 out of 5.0 stars!

Laurie Horn - Rumpled Covers (Independent)
Laurie Horn's "Rumpled Covers" is a seven-track mini-album of cover tunes. However, the Detroit native makes it difficult for herself by choosing rock standards, the sort of songs that even people who don't like music can sing-a-long to. She gets around the problem of over-familiarity with some adventurous arrangements, some jazzy flourishes, and a series of first class performances.

Beginning with Foreigner's "Double Vision", it's probably the least well known song on the record, so provides an ideal launch Where the original was presented in typical MOR fashion, Horn slows it down, retains the polish, but adds a little groove; a good start. Next it's The Eagles' "Witchy Woman", which is given a noirish makeover and sent on its way. Journey's "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" gets some pre-rock `n' roll, Les Paul style guitar and is well and truly re-invented. It's outstanding - the best track here.

The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" is a tricky one, but again, a wholly new interpretation, its rockabilly beat brings to mind Imelda May, which tends to be a good thing. Nillson's "Without You" showcases Horn's vocal beautifully, and her version of Bryan Adams' "Run To You" proves the band can rock when they want. They end with Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love", almost stripped of its riff, its heavy beats are vaguely evocative of Sneaker Pimps


Listen to Nobody Touches Me by Laurie Horn

Track: Nobody Touches Me

Album: Alive Again

Artist: Laurie Horn

“Heart-wrenching, passionate song. Laurie's voice oozes pain, melody, and beauty. Thank you for your song, Laurie. ”



Really Good Stuff
This is good stuff, very easy to listen to. Horn consistently proves she is something of a musical chameleon and a serious contender on all fronts. - Eric Harabadian 
Highly Entertaining
"Alive Again" is a collection of songs that are deeply heartfelt, personal, provocative, moving and, most importantly, highly emotional and entertaining. - Jam Rag
Great sound keep up the good work. CoJo Records Nashville