Laurie Zeluck Carter (1957- 2006) With a prodigious talent and plucky spirit, Laurie Zeluck Carter single-handedly crafted her career and took her place in the music world. Laurie Z., as she was known professionally, was slim, sexy, and smooth, but also smart, savvy, and self-possessed. She was uncommonly poised, even as a teenager, with a Mona Lisa smile and a quiet twinkle in her eye. At four-years-old, Laurie started piano lessons and fell in love with playing. At five, she performed before a school assembly of several hundred people; she never blinked and never looked back.