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 is best known for globetrotting the world as a featured vocalist for latin superstar Enrique Iglesias. Laura also had the unique opportunity to be a vocalist on Joe Cocker’s last tour and she is featured on his FIRE IT UP LIVE DVD. She has also toured and/or performed with numerous others including Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michelle, Katharine McPhee, Tre Hardson (from the Pharcyde) NDea Davenport (Brand New Heavies) The Soul of John Black, Anastacia, Joss Stone, Michael Bolton, Teena Marie, Kid Rock, Joe Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith for Wicked Wisdom, Aaron Neville, Nicole Sherzinger, Dave Matthews Band, Wiz Kalifa, Florence and the Machine, Perry Farrell in Satellite Party and Ceelo. She has recorded with Aerosmith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miles Mosley, The Black Eyed Peas, Cheap Trick, Better Than Ezra, Adam Lambert, Vintage Trouble to name a few.
All of these experiences have led her to be on numerous television shows such as the Grammy’s , The Latin Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, The MTV Music Awards, (USA and Europe) The Billboard Awards, The Latin Billboard Awards, Telehit Awards, Premios Nuestro, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, NRJ Awards, The Echo Awards, The Carson Daly Show, The Late Late Show with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, George Lopez Show, The Today Show, Ellen Degeners, Regis and Kelly, The View, American Idol, The Voice (USA,France,UK) So You think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Americans Got Talent and numerous other shows throughout Latin America and Europe.
Laura Jane most recently performed behind icons Yolanda Adams and Gloria Estafan for the QUINCY JONES 85 Birthday special on BET. She recently performed again behind Yolanda Adams and Carrie Underwood for THE ELVIS Tribute on NBC. She also recently sang under the music direction of Greg Philliganes for the annual MUSIC CARES event (prior to the Grammy’s) honoring Dolly Parton.
Laura Jane has sung on several commercials, video games, Tv and film projects. Most recently she sang on the new movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold as the singing voice for Eva Longoria, and on the Tv soundtrack for the ABC show called Housewife. Laura Jane was also featured on the Letters to Juliet soundtrack singing a remake of the Italian classic Quando Quando Quando. She also did multiple episodes for MEATLOAF’S tv show called BATTLE OF THE BANDS, as a featured and background vocalist. She also has worked on the soundtracks for the Neighbors, Sex and the City 2, Disney’s Let it Shine, The Get Down (Netflix) When We Rise (ABC), and Sandy Wexler (Netflix).
Laura Jane has been a featured vocalist on Tao of Sound album called THESE TIMES created and produced by Taku Hirano and Daniel Pearson. She is also featured in a PBS special called SPANISH NIGHTS doing a unique bolero version of Wild Horses for BENISE. Laura Jane also represented the United States of America for the American Media Abroad Awards where she did a “stirring” rendition of BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED water under the music direction of Herman Jackson in Washington DC. The event was honoring journalists who give their lives on the front line, and was attend by many diplomats specifically from the the middle east.
Laura Jane had the unique honor of creating the role of Ella is the world premiere of the musical THE EXISTENTS at the Open Fist Theatre. The Existents was written by Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble) , Doug Crawford ( We Will Rock you and Jersey Boys) and Jason Wooten (We Will Rock YOU).
Laura Jane has also released her own music independently. Her first album called To My Planet Boo was released in 2005. This album was produced by two time grammy winner Xavier Dphrepaulezz of Fantastic Negrito. It received international airplay and critical acclaim. Laura then went on to release her second album Everything Changes in 2012. This album also got international airplay and critical acclaim. She has also released singles Dear Rita, Love High and Desire. She has performed her solo shows all over the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Budapest, Prague, Kyoto, Jakarta and Monaco.