Former Voice contestant Laura, from Liverpool, has come a long way since she was mentored on the show by The Script singer Danny O’Donoghue. But although she didn’t win she has gone on to carve herself an increasingly successful career in country music.
But where does this desire for the genre come from?
Well coming from a big family where everyone can sing or play an instrument, it was only a matter of time before Laura caught the music bug. And her love of stars like Dolly Parton, David Gates and the Dixie Chicks growing up, really helped Laura to become a core part of the British Country music scene. Supporting the likes of The Shires, Ward Thomas, Hudson Taylor and playing some of the UK’s best festivals including The Long Road, Black Deer, C2C, Camp Bestival and Summertyne Americana Festival to name just a few. Plus various gigs for Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree.
She recorded and self-released her first single ‘Don’t Let It Hit Ya’ in September 2013, which featured in the top 20 iTunes Country Chart. Her second single ‘Snakes and Ladders’ followed in 2014 with similar success.
Laura released her debut self-titled EP to iTunes in the Summer of 2015 receiving great support from BBC radio across the UK, and similarly from Digital Radio (Chris Country and Amazing Radio). Bob Harris included it in his Best of 2015 retrospective on BBC Radio 2.
As the year came to an end, Laura was also awarded the prize of The British Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year and followed up again in 2016 winning the prize for a second year running.
2017 saw Laura release her acoustic EP “Nashville Stole Your Girl” which reached no.3 in the iTunes UK Country Chart and was touring across the UK. Following in the success of the tour and the EP, Bob Harris invited Laura in to his BBC Radio 2 Country show for an interview and session.
Within the same year, Laura began to run her own night ‘Laura Oakes Hosts…’, at The Green Note, Camden to much success. The night showcased talent in the song writing world across the genres of Americana, Country, and pop, which to date has hosted talent including Holloway Road, Robbie Cavanagh, Lisa Wright, Twinnie, Tim De Graaw and Kerri Watt.
2018 saw Laura return to Nashville to co-write with some of the world’s greatest songwriters including Jeff Cohen, Beth Nielson Chapman, Leslie Satcher, Ray Kennedy, Mike Fiorentino, Chris Lindsey, Jason Lehning and others. She returned to the UK armed with a bundle of fabulous songs ready to perform to hungry audiences.
Laura has just this minute released a cover of ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by DeeLite, which she performed at festivals over the Summer. Stay tuned across Laura’s socials for more updates.
To find out where you can hear Laura being showcased, check out: – http://www.countryroadradio.co.uk/bca-artist-of-the-week
Photo credit Colin Jones.
You can find out more from Laura’s website at: http://lauraoakesmusic.com
You will also find her music on iTune, YouTube, and Spotify.