Laura sat down with Metro Montage, as part of their '20 Minutes With' series where she reveals how she got into music as a child and some of her musical influences growing up. Click HERE to check out the full interview, she also talks about what artist "outside of her lane", she would most like to work with in the future!
Tell me about the first music you can recall hearing as a child.
Like so many young girls, I destroyed my mother’s ears trying to sing Whitney Houston songs very badly. Then when I was 13 or 14, I heard James Brown’s “Please, Please, Please” and I was like, “Who is that?” I knew he sang “I Feel Good,” but I didn’t put two and two together, and I started doing a bit of research and figured it out. I remember hearing [Nina Simone’s]“My Baby Cares Just For Me,” which blew me away, and “At Last” by Etta James.
What inspired you to start writing songs?
I didn’t start singing until I was 13. Once I started singing, I started messing around with a piano in school. I could learn things by ear and I started playing other people’s songs, but then I got bored with that, so I said, “Alright, let me make my own chords and put some lyrics to it,” just for the pleasure of playing. It was easier than having to learn other people’s music.
You were raised primarily by your mother. Can you talk about the impact she has had on your life?
She fundamentally is the love of my life. But the love of your life drives you crazy as well.
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