Creating And Giving Back
Laura Jane is an accomplished American vocalist, actor, dancer, and performance coach.
On stage since the age of five, Laura Jane’s extensive portfolio includes performances with with the likes of ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, AEROSMITH, JOE COCKER and many many more. Her unique perspective of the world has roots in her multicultural upbringing and is felt in both of her solo albums: TO MY PLANET BOO and EVERYTHING CHANGES. Currently, Laura Jane has launched her Vocal Coaching service to ‘give back’ to the upcoming generation of artists.
Laura Jane began singing at the tender age of 5 years old. Her mother used to say she would go around the house hitting these high operatic notes since the age of 3. Thus, Laura Jane’s parents put her in a community choir. Laura Jane’s childhood and adolescent years consisted of singing in numerous choirs in school and church. She got involved in doing theatre and participated in many musicals locally. She wrote poems, short stories,, she studied piano for a while, and started studying dance , including tap, jazz and ballet. She sang on a couple of commercials for radio as a child and her first paid job was singing in the children’s chorus of the OPERA GRAND RAPIDS. She was cast in the opera Carmen playing a young Moorish child. She grew up simply immersed in the creativity of music and performing. Laura Jane comes from right outside Detroit, where she was raised in a multicultural family. She was adopted along with 3 other young kids two of which were born in Vietnam. Her family was a bit of a united nations with almost every ethnicity covered, including Caucasian, African American, Asian, and Latin Afro Carribean. Her unique surroundings led her to follow her individuality and she was raised in a family where she was encouraged to think for herself. Laura Jane was therefore the only one in the family who found a love for music and then found herself having a successful career in music.
Laura Jane attended the Boston Conservatory of Music where she studied music and theatre. This training proved to be pivotal in her life. She grew more and more committed to the idea of a career in performing in some way shape or form. Due to what she thought were the restraints of the curriculum of the BOSTON CONSERVATORY Laura Jane then transferred to the UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS in Philadelphia, Pa where she graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts. While Laura seemed torn unsure if she wanted to pursue an acting career – it was being in Philadelphia and surrounded by a historical music scene that gave her monumental experience and where a new light bulb went off inside of her head.
Laura Jane did her first recording session at THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA owned by the legendary Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff with legendary producer DEXTER WANSEL singing back up for BILLY PAUL on a remake of ME AND MRS. JONES. From that experience she was selected to be in a girl group called COLLAGE that had a development deal with KENNY GAMBLE AND LEON HUFF. Laura Jane got the bug and knew from there she wanted to get into recording. Collages album was never released and the group eventually broke up. LAURA JANE went on do some professional theatre touring the nation in a show paying tribute to African American History called HARLEM RENAISSANCE, she did a European tour of HAIR, and did some reputable regional theatre productions of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, BOBOS, TWIST, SLAM AND BEEHIVE. After her last run of doing the musical BEEHIVE in her hometown of DETROIT Laura jane then migrated to Los Angeles hoping to have a career in the music business.
After a couple of failed record deals Laura Jane found herself alone in Los Angeles, with no money and was soon in need of a job. She had gained a great reputation for being able to hold harmony, she soon landed her first jobs as a background singer for the likes of Monica and Aaliyah.
Laura Jane, now having been in Los Angeles for many years has performed or recorded with people like Latin Superstar Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas (BRIDGING THE GAP), Tre Hardson from the Pharcyde, NDea Davenport (the Brand New Heavies), Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, Anastacia, Joss Stone, Michael Bolton, the late Teena Marie, “Smash” star Katharine McPhee, Kid Rock, Joe Walsh, Aaron Neville, Lea Michelle, Perry Farrell and Satellite Party, Florence and the Machine, Aerosmith (Music From Another Dimension), Billy Ray Cyrus (Change My Mind), Cheap Trick, Better Than Ezra (All Together Now) and Adam Lambert and many others. Laura Jane also had the unique opportunity to be a vocalist on Joe Cocker’s last tour and is featured on his FIRE IT UP live DVD. She is featured and collaborated as a featured vocalist on the latest Tao of Sounds (Taku Hirano and Daniel Pearson) album called THESE TIMES and does a unique flamenco fusion version of the iconic rock song WILD HORSES on Benise’s album (Spanish Nights) and is featured on his PBS special called SPANISH NIGHTS.
All of these experiences have led her to be on numerous television shows such as
the Grammies, the Latin Grammies, The Carson Daly Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Carson Daly, The Late Late Show with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, Ellen Degeneres, Regis and Kelly, The View, American Idol, The Voice, X Factor, The American Music Awards, NRJ Awards, MTV Music Awards, MTV Music Awards EUROPE, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, The Echo Awards, The Latin Billboards, and numerous shows on Telemundo and Univision.
Laura Jane’s voice is heard on numerous commercials, video games, tv and film most notably, ROCK N A HARD PLACE (The battle of the bands) hosted by rock n roll legend MEATLOAF on Direct TV, THE NEIGHBORS with composer Alan Menken, Sex and the City 2 soundtrack, Disney’s – Let it Shine and most recently on the new netflix tv series called THE GET DOWN with iconic visionary and director Baz Luhrmann. Laura Jane is also featured on the Letters to Juliet soundtrack doing a remake of the classic italian song QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO with Chris Mann ( finalist on the Voice season 4).
Laura Jane also had the unique opportunity of creating the role of Ella in the world premiere of the musical THE EXISTENTS at the Open Fist theatre written and conceived by Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Doug Crawford (Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You) and Jason Wooten (We Will Rock You).
As a solo artist Laura Jane pushes herself as well as the envelope. Her first album was called TO MY PLANET BOO and was released in 2005. The first single off that album was a drum and bass track with a tripped out jazzy melody over the top called SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY. This album was a quilt of many of her influences including R & B, electronica, jazz, elements of world music. Some of the other stand out songs on the album were The Buzz, The Journey and Dear Rita; an ode to her biological mother.
In 2012 Laura Jane released her second album called EVERYTHING CHANGES. This album was a complete different sound, incorporate all lives instruments and a much more organic approach. Her stand out songs on this album are My Confession, Everything Changes and Lift Me Up. Later in the year Laura Jane did a remake of her own song DEAR RITA; an ode to her biological mother, with an edgier sounding production that made the piece seem more emotional.
Laura Jane has released a new single called LOVE HIGH, a pulsating and addictive club track which she decided to message DONT DO DRUGS GET HIGH ON LIFE AND LOVE alongside of.
Laura Jane has performed solo shows all over the world including Los Angeles, London, Budapest, Monaco, Jakarta and most recently in Washington DC at the American Abroad Media Awards, where she represented The United States. This past year the American Abroad Media Awards was honoring journalists who put their lives in jeopardy to “get the story out”. The event was attended by diplomats from all over the middle east. She did a spellbinding rendition of BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER with an orchestra under the music direction of grammy nominated composer and producer Herman Jackson and Bassam Saba.