For Laura White, her path was always clear to her. There were no doubts, hesitations or confusions. As she explains, “I loved music from a young age and knew I always wanted to be a singer.” Pursuing her passion, she started learning classical piano at the age of 8, started singing jazz professionally at age 15, and shortly afterwards started writing songs.
It’s really a test of strength and also knowing yourself to not just sell out and stand true to the music you want to make and the artist you are.”
Laura’s effortless singing and beautiful songwriting are what make her such a delight to hear. But there is a lot that goes into it. Hard work and unwavering dedication to her art form the foundation on which her talent rests. She says, “Singing was a very natural thing, I never got trained but just got better by working really hard gigging and listening to the greatest artists I knew. I worked hard at my writing and really perfected my craft, writing with my piano and in studio sessions every single day for years. Practice really does help and the more you do the better you get!”
The road to success is hardly a smooth one. All sorts of challenges come your way: empty venues, struggling to catch a break, living away from your support system of friends and family, and more. However, Laura believes these experiences build you up. “When you have lived these things they really do become the making of you. I appreciate every single thing because I have worked from the bottom up.” Her deep love for music makes it all worthwhile. For Laura, just making the kind of music she does is a battle. She says, “I was actually quite a shy character and wanted to make music that wasn’t dance or totally pop, so it’s really a test of strength and also knowing yourself to not just sell out and stand true to the music you want to make and the artist you are.”
When you have lived these things they really do become the making of you. I appreciate every single thing because I have worked from the bottom up.”
Laura is inspired by personalities like Burt Bacharach, Aretha Franklin, and Muhammad Ali. But the artist who lit the blazing fire of music in her heart is Alicia Keys. “Alicia Keys was the first artist I heard, and I thought I can’t do anything else but sing and make music.”
A debut album in the making, and her third EP ‘The Painted Door’ set to be released early this year, Laura has much to be excited about. We are certain this shining star has a bright future ahead of her.
The easy part is knowing what you want; the hard part is sticking it out without losing heart. There is no substitute for hard work, and Laura White stands as testimony to that. Polish that hidden talent, and then get out there and show the world what you’ve got!