LauraSingsSwing
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Award-winning vocalist with 30 years of training and experience. I’ve fronted a Swing Orchestra/Cover Band for the past 6 years. I have a love for many genres and am comfortable singing a variety of styles.

Laura is no stranger to the stage. A native of Salisbury, she spent most of her youth in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

According to her family and friends, Laura was singing as soon as she learned to talk. Influenced by Barry Manilow and Billy Joel from a young age, she also began taking piano lessons at age 11. Laura grew up singing in both church and school and even served as the accompanist for her high school choral department. She studied Music Education at both Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. While at CNU, Laura was President of her MENC Chapter, Alto Section Leader for the Chamber Singers and a member of the elite CNU Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing at the Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Festival in Newport News.

An avid pageant competitor, Laura used the Miss America system to help fund her collegiate education. Making it to the stage of the Miss Virginia Pageant 3 times, she won non-finalist talent in 2003 and was a 2004 Top Ten State Finalist giving her the opportunity to sing on live Network TV. Laura has also emceed, performed and judged at numerous pageants in both Virginia and West Virginia.

From 2006-2007, she worked as a singer/dancer for Colonial Williamsburg during the celebration of America’s 400th Anniversary of Jamestown. Traveling on a 4-month East Coast Public Relations Tour, she performed live for thousands in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. In 2006, she performed as part of an educational special for the History Channel, “Jamestown Live,” hosted by PBS’ Internationally-known correspondent, Gwen Ifill.

Screen name:
LauraSingsSwing
Member since:
May 27 2019
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Bette Midler, Billy Joel

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Alto:
Expert
Vocalist - Soprano:
Advanced
Piano:
Moderate