The scene was a Grammy after-party in LA. The spot was a trendy nightclub in West Hollywood. The interaction was brief, but memorable. Jay-Z, recalling seeing Laura perform a few months earlier, looked a young Laura Warshauer squarely in the eye and said, “You are fantastically talented.” If there’s anything to inspire a budding artist to greater heights, it would be those words, uttered from a modern-day music industry icon.
With her big blue eyes, dark hair, and diminutive stature, one would be amazed at the powerhouse voice and indomitable spirit that is the essence of Laura Warshauer, both on stage and off. Her managers, Scott Ross and Paul Fishkin, will attest to this: “When we walk into a meeting, the vibe and energy immediately change and people sense they are about to experience something very special. Laura doesn’t let them down!”
Laura has that rare quality very few artists possess: she makes every person in of the audience feel as if she is singing only to them. Her performance, whether on stage or in the studio, has that magnetic quality that people naturally gravitate to, which is why in 2010 Laura was chosen by BMI and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to be the recipient of the first ever (Buddy) Holly Prize. The prestigious award is presented to one young singer-songwriter and performer per year who exhibits “true, great, and original” qualities.
On June 14, 2011, Laura Warshauer released her debut LP The Pink Chariot Mixtape. “[The album] is really about so much more than these songs and recordings. It’s about the moments that each song represents,” Warshauer states. “I felt like I chased down each and every one of those moments, from Brooklyn to New Jersey, to St. Andrews in Scotland and Las Vegas and Los Angeles.”
Several iconic musicians make appearances on The Pink Chariot Mixtape, including E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, John Fogerty’s drummer Kenny Aronoff, and Hall and Oats guitarist Paul Pesco. Rob Whited and Bobby Lee Parker, touring percussionist/drum tech and side-stage guitar player/guitar tech for The Killers, contributed drums and guitars to the album as well.
In July 2011, “Wishing Well,” the first single from The Pink Chariot Mixtape was serviced to Triple A Radio throughout the US. To support the single, Laura took to the road for special performance dates at Hotel Café in Hollywood, California, Lestat’s in San Diego, California, and the FMQB Triple A Radio Conference in Boulder, Colorado. “Wishing Well” climbed the MediaBase charts for twelve straight weeks.
Laura recently spent time recording multiple songs in Nashville with producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Marc Broussard, etc.). Her forthcoming album, tentatively titled “Wicked Wicked,” is slated for a Spring 2012 release. There are additional tracks in the works being produced by Bleu McCauley (Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Hanson).
*Laura is embarking on a national USA tour opening for Bob Schneider on April 26TH, which will include 18+ dates.
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