LAUREL

FEATURED ARTIST

She knew she wanted to be a singer at age four and spent the next 15 years perfecting her beautiful, raw & haunting sound. Now, this 20 year old is signed to the same label as A-list serenaders Ellie GouldingRita Ora and Dan Croll. Read on to see how Series Three’s Laurel came to be on the strength of a single demo and serious talent: 

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Hailing from a tiny town somewhere between Southampton and Portsmouth, UK, Laurel picked up a Spanish guitar and taught herself folk at 13 after seeing Brit darling Laura Marling perform. She’s gone from wowing her parents to wowing the world after writing and recording her demo that got her signed, Next Time, in her room (on simple equipment, mind you), and uploading it to SoundCloud. Bravo to producers for recognizing her beautiful blend of storytelling layered on top of airy piano, string and beats as something truly special.

She moved to London at 17 to perfect her writing skills and learn how to produce. Two years later, her music has matured, weaving lyrics on breakups and love so real you can’t help but imagine yourself among the hooks and harmonies. She really honed her skills during a two month stint in her rented London flat earlier this year granted by her label, Turn First Artists. Song after song was written. The first, ‘Blue Blood,’ sent the blog world abuzz and shot to no.3 on HypeMachine. Both creepy and calming, ‘Blue Blood’ gave Laurel comparisons to Lana Del Rey and earned over 180,000 plays on SoundCloud to-date.

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More recently, Laurel’s debut single ‘Fire Breather’ also shot up the success ladder with over 400,000 views on Youtube and over 200,000 plays on SoundCloud. Fast forward a bit to April 2014 and Laurel hit another milestone with the release of her debut EP ‘To The Hills’ via her own record label ‘Next Time Records,’ which has been critically acclaimed and includes her most recent single ‘Shells’ (boasting over 100,000 plays on SoundCloud after three short months!). The video for ‘Shells’ is a mesmerizing treat for the eyes, too.

Laurel continues to make a name in the pop realm, joining MSMR at London’s Shepherd’s Bush EmpireJohn Newman on his UK Tour and Dan Croll on his tour back in March 2014. This past June, Laurel played a slew of sold out shows in the U.S. and spent the rest of the summer on the festival circuit, including The Great Escape in Brighton, Dot To Dot Festival and Bestival in Isle of Wight.

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Expect Laurel to put the finishing touches on her debut album in early 2015. In the meantime, catch her on her website, www.classiclaurel.comFacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube and SoundCloud and be whisked away!

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