South African born singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been captivating audiences globally with her dynamic vocals, vulnerable songwriting, and inspiring live performances. Laura cut her teeth as an artist early on, performing at coffee shops and street corners from age 16 throughout North Carolina. Laura currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she was beckoned by mentor, former music executive and Grammy-award winning producer, Paul Worley.
It was Paul who introduced Laura to 2X Grammy award winning songwriter/producer Shannon Sanders (India.Arie/John Legend/Pink) and encouraged a collaboration. Laura and Sanders immediately hit it off and began writing and performing locally. Laura is currently working on her debut album, “The Awakening” with Sanders and Worley. The first single off the project “Faith not Fear” was released in May of 2012. Laura’s authentic “slow-cooked soul music recipe” is reminiscent of iconic music trendsetters like Sade, Adele, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and the late Amy Winehouse.
Laura’s music has been seasoned by influences from her background work with icons such as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as her extensive global travels (15 countries and three languages thus far); a delivery that has hints of Samba, Hip Hop, and African beats. Laura recently joined Sony/ATV and plans to release her debut album “The Awakening” in 2013.