About Laura

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

An 80’s baby born into a musical family and growing up in rehearsals rooms, Laura watched her parents play music throughout her childhood. This reinforced her passion for performance and underlined her dream to become a singer. Laura is often regarded as the ‘little lady with the big voice’, also described as ‘Miss honey-over-sand-paper’ due to her full-bodied raspy tone and raw edge. Often likened to mainstream artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duffy by the press, Laura is at her core, a Jazz/Soul artist, who loves to dabble in many different styles of music.

Her long standing relationship with dance music has been an excellent springboard for writing in various genres, enabling Laura to exercise all of her influences. These range from Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Kelis and Janelle Monae. Laura has been working in the music industry professionally and releasing her records for over a decade and she writes, records and performs her own material all over the globe from England and Europe, Asia and South America.

Artists that Laura has worked with: Gnarls Barkley, The Streets, Mike Skinner, Mj Cole, Robbie Rivera, Cagedbaby, Dave Spoon, Lewis Taylor, Part Time Heroes, Soul Snatchers, Hint, Diesler, Kidda, Henry Storch, Delmontis, The Prototypes, Lee Baker, Licks and Brains, Icicle and many more. Laura has an excellent showreel up on her Soundcloud page where you can get a real feel for the diversity in her work.

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“Laura is one of the most exciting vocalists and writers that I have had the pleasure to work with in the past few years. This girl has funk and soul oozing from every part of her. Her musicality is second to none. She can cut it both live and in the studio. Phenomenal”

– MJ Cole

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Laura and The Streets

For the album ‘The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living’ in 2006, Laura went in the studio and recorded backing vocals for The Streets for the first time. After touring across the UK and Europe with the band in 2007/8, she continued to appear on every album that followed. Eventually Laura co-wrote and recorded their second single ‘OMG’ from their final album ‘Computers and Blues’ in Spring 2011. Mike Skinner and Laura continued to collaborate and went on to release ‘We Are Go’ which featured in the most popular UK film release of  2011, The Inbetweeners. In December 2014 Mike and Laura went back into the studio to write and record ‘Night Fights’ featured on The Bat Phone single release, with plays from BBC’s vibey 1Xtra station.

“Laura Vane is as potent a songwriter and singer as I’ve come across. Not only does she have the ideas but she communicates them in a high pressure environment with a smile.”

– Mike Skinner

Laura and Gnarls Barkley

Laura was one of the first musicians to perform with Gnarls Barkley at the time of their major success with their debut album, St Elsewhere in 2006 and was backing vocalist for an exclusive live version of Crazy on Top Of The Pops.

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Laura Vane and The Vipertones

Laura Vane & The Vipertones are an English/Dutch nine-piece band at their fullest. Since their first album in early 2009, the group has continued to electrify fans, deejays, radio stations, critics, record collectors and bloggers all over the world with their authentic yet modern sound. Playing both intimate half-lit hot-spots and huge festival stages, support for the band has been strong from online music forums world wide to BBC Radio. ‘Sugar Fix’, their second album released 2011 flaunted a rich variety of styles and inspirations, and is a clear vibrant progression from the first album. Whilst winning competitions on national radio shows, they are quickly becoming a seriously infectious sound and their performances always draw large enthusiastic crowds. Their third album BodyQuake was released in June 2014, met with much anticipation and now the band is steaming ahead with their journey in music, promising to keep it fresh and exciting as they get down to the nitty gritty of album 4!

Laura is always exercising her writing in all areas of music and can boast releases with contrasting and diverse labels such as Ministry, 679, Verve, Lift Music, Soulfuric, Device, HedKandi, Tru Thoughts, Unique Records, Freestyle, Boosh, Shogun Audio, Wah Wah 45, Big Love, Socialbeats, Toolroom, Juicy, Prolific Records and Ink.

TV and radio shows Laura has performed for include Top Of The Pops, De Wereld Draait Door (NL), Bacardi Mohito Advert 2010, Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 1 at Maida vale live, Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1 (Live Maida vale session with the streets), Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong BBC Radio 1, Jonathan Ross BBC Radio 2, Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2, Craig Charles BBC Radio 6, 1Xtra, XFM, FIP, Radio 6 Netherlands, Giel Beelen and Gerard Ekdom at 3FM and many other popular European radio shows.

Throughout all of Laura’s different projects, collaborations and bands Laura has been fortunate to play many festivals such as Glastonbury, Rockness, WOMAD festival Las Palmas, Bloom, Metro Weekend, Larmer Tree, iJazz, Moods, The Unique Soul Weekender, Blue Balls Festival, Tour The France, North Sea Round Town, Big Rivers, Sudoeste Festival. Laura also performs every month at world-wide celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen in London.

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