Laura Jansen is a talented singer / songwriter who will perform with Joshua Radin on March 2nd. Get to know her a little better through her official press release.

L.A. based Laura Jansen is a woman of many worlds, a DIY artist in her own right and an indie success story in the making. Her debut album ‘Bells’ is an irresistible combination of alternative pop songs filled with beautiful arrangements and intimate, intelligent lyrics reflecting the thoughts and hopes of an independent girl alone in the world.

About Laura Jansen

After playing in bands across Europe and Asia in her teens, Laura earned a scholarship to The Berklee College of Music in Boston. After Berklee, Laura moved to Nashville where she honed her songwriting craft with some of the best writers in town. When change called again, she packed up to Los Angeles and quickly became part of the famed Hotel Cafe community – home to Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry and Joshua Radin, among others. Laura’s songs were used in various television shows on MTV, ABC and Canadian Idol. Within a year of her move to Los Angeles she was considered one of the most promising newcomers of the Hotel Cafe.

In 2008, Laura took to the road. She performed throughout summer as both a member of Joshua Radin’s band and as an opener on his sold-out headlining US tour.  In addition, she made her first US television appearance with Josh on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and performed alongside Radin as the only two musical performers at Ellen Degeneres’ wedding. Soon after, Laura was offered a slot on the national Hotel Cafe All Girls’ Tour alongside Ingrid Michaelson, Rachael Yamagata and many other celebrated female songwriters.

Laura, being half American, half Dutch, was then invited to The Netherlands for a series of appearances. At the end of a whirlwind week, she was signed to Universal Music in The Netherlands, where her full length record, entitled ‘Bells’, was met with overwhelming success. Within a short space of time Laura had accomplished two sold out national club tours and a certified gold record.

Laura continued to spread her music whilst touring Europe in the autumn of 2009 with William Fitzsimmons, both as a member of his band and as his support act. She has continued to play in Germany, Austria, The UK and The Czech Republic as fans around the world have begun to take note. Laura has appeared as a special guest vocalist on stage with several artists, including Snow Patrol (UK) and Novastar (Belgium). This autumn she will be a featured artist at Germany’s leading showcase festivals Popkomm and Reeperbahn Festival.

Laura credits her growing success to the online community she has built around herself. Her vast network includes fans and friends from every corner of the world, with whom she maintains a loyal relationship via all possible social sites. This direct interaction is a reflection of her belief that fans are won, one heart at a time. By remaining close to her truth in both songwriting and interaction, she has maintained an honest and intimate approach that continues to grow.

About Bells

The album Bells is a collection of 10 high quality, piano driven pop songs, all showcasing Laura’s eclectic writing style, as well as her unique interpretation of everyday life. Some are dark and menacing, others are delicate, but all are infused with an innate pop sensibility. The songs showcase Laura’s crystal-clear voice and her ability to write strong melodies with honest, personal, and sometimes humorous lyrics.

Key Tracks:

Single Girls is likely the most autobiographical song on the album. It is an intimate portrayal of the process by which heartbreak is faced. There is an instant, universal recognition in the simple and direct lyrics of this song that ends with the hope that all will be well in the end.

Use Somebody is a beautiful reinterpretation of the Kings of Leon hit. This stripped down version showcases the interpretive qualities of Laura and was a major airplay and charting single in The Netherlands. The single was also nominated for both the prestigious 3FM Awards and the Edison Awards.

Wicked World takes traditional fairy tales, but turns them on their head with a cynical twist to the backdrop of a happy sing-a-long. Accompanied with a tongue in cheek music video featuring Laura’s beloved Hotel Cafe community, this song is always a concert highlight.

Lyrically, The End picks up where Single Girls left off. It is an up-tempo follow-up in which the end of a relationship is reflected upon, and placed in context within the grander scheme of things. The combination of acoustic and electronic elements showcases how at home Laura feels whilst experimenting in eclectic and varied styles.

‘Bells’ reached certified Gold in The Netherlands and has been in the Dutch charts for almost 50 weeks.

Press Quotes

‘SXSW is also a champion of singer/songwriters and Laura Jansen captured the genre perfectly’.
‘We Came for the Music: 10 Bands to Watch’ by Tamara Conniff (former editor-in-chief Billboard) for Huffington Post, March 18th 2010.

‘Save the big decorations for bands like Rammstein, Laura Jansen doesn’t needs much more than a piano, some Christmas lights and maybe a ukulele’
Dutch leading music blog www.3voor12.nl, December 12th 2009 (translated)

‘The songs on the CD are beyond the straightforward pop song: melodic pieces are thoroughly puzzled together into smooth songs with unexpected twists. Jansen’s voice isn’t far removed from the loose, bright style of Rickie Lee Jones, and works as a cool breeze..’
Newspaper NRC, September 10th 2009 (translated)

‘Intriguing songs that recall the memory of Tori Amos’
Newspaper BN De Stem, November 7th 2009 (translated)

August 2010.

More information
http://www.myspace.com/laurajansenmusic
http://www.facebook.com/laurajansentunes
http://www.twitter.com/laurajansen
http://www.laurajansen.com

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