Cantor Laurie Akers
Cantor Laurie Akers is celebrated cantor and Jewish Rock Radio artist whose compositions have received national acclaim. Her songs are published in seven liturgical anthologies. Cantor Akers is the founder of the Jewish Rock Radio Chicago Sings concert series and the Cantors Assembly program, Shir Chadash. In addition, Cantor Akers hosts her own Jewish Rock Radio program, Pathways to Prayer.
Cantor Akers is a member of the cantorial trio, Shul Sisters, whose performances include headlining the 2020 and 2021 International Lion of Judah Conferences, the JUF of Chicago Women’s Gala with Diane Von Furstenberg, the Neranenah/Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, the Jews4Joe Inauguration Party featuring Mayim Bialik, the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Humanitarian Awards with President George Bush, and the JDCA Path to Victory program featuring Nancy Pelosi. Cantor Akers was among the four cantors who participated in the historical 2021 Hampton Synagogue’s Thanksgiving weekend concert in which female cantors were invited to sing on their bima for the first time. She serves as the Cantor of Congregation Or Shalom in suburban Chicago.
Cantor Akers has released one album, The Key of We, which can be found on all major music platforms. Cantor Akers lives in Chicago with her wonderful husband, Brad Akers and sons, Isaac, Levi and Ashton.