Laura C Brown

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Laura C Brown to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m originally from Sheffield, but have lived in Staffordshire for the last 29 years. Like many kids, I had piano and guitar lessons as a child, but it was always my burning passion to sing. It took me until the age of 14 to find the courage to share my voice – and have been singing ever since!

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My parents are both great music lovers, so I had a broad range of music to listen to when I was growing up, everything from Bob Dylan, Donovan and Carole King, to ELO, Queen and Pink Floyd. I think the influences of the storytelling styles of Dylan, Donovan and King, are definitely evident in my acoustic work. The artists that I am inspired by include Sheryl Crow, Imelda May, Patty Griffin and KT Tunstall, and I am inspired hugely by the songs and production of Kaleo's music.

How would you describe your sound?
Purely down to the feedback I generally receive about my songs, I would describe my sound as calming, soothing, storytelling and edging towards an Americana flavour.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My debut single ‘Hummingbird’ was released on the 8th August, so it's a very exciting time right now! The inspiration for the song, really stems back to 2013, when I became unexpectedly and seriously ill. From that point, it seemed that hummingbirds became a lucky omen for me as they kept cropping up at any positive move forwards in my healing. ‘Hummingbird’ is a celebration of what this tiny bird has meant to me over the years, and a tribute to Jodi Bassett, whose artwork is on the cover of the single. It is also a tip of the hat to everyone who has supported me in my recovery. It is a very special song to me personally, but most of all I just want people to enjoy it, turn it up loud, sing their hearts out to it and be uplifted by it!

What’s your local music scene like?
As a housebound musician, it’s hard to keep tabs on the local music scene, although I know we do have several lively open mic nights in Tamworth, some very talented musicians, and wonderful festivals in and around the area. I’m really hopeful that I will be able to be a part of the local music scene at some point in the future.

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m excited to see where the next 12 months will take me. I’ll be working on the follow up single to 'Hummingbird', and possibly even an E.P. is on the horizon. I’ve started making plans for some intimate live performances, so that will be an exciting challenge! For 'Hummingbird', I was lucky enough to work remotely and co-produce with the fabulous John P Taylor at Mirage Recording Studios in Redcar, and my hope is to be able to do more work with him. Not only is he an amazing producer, but he has also generously taken time to offer guidance, and teach me an awful lot along the way, so I really couldn’t ask for any more! Hope you’ll have me back John!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Ahh - dream collaborations! So many lol! To share a song with Sheryl Crow would be incredible, her music has often been the soundtrack to my life! An absolute dream collaboration would also be with the band Kaleo – their music is just amazing to me, it does something weird to my soul!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I hope my words and music will reach you, stir you up, calm you down, heal a hurt, give an outlet, touch your heart, and make you smile.

You can find out more about Laura at her website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter or YouTube.