Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Absolutely. I grew up with an incredible musician father who literally shared his passion and talent with me since birth! I remember there being famous musicians just casually jamming in my basement. I loved how it felt to be around musicians and energy around music in general. I started writing my own deeper music as a teenager after a break up. I remember picking up the guitar and it was just so natural!
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Hahahaa how much time do we have? Every gig there is something wild that happens! I would say meeting a ‘record exec’ who was not who he said he was. I remember walking in with my dad and his jaw dropping! Do your research, folks!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Touring the world with various artists! Being on tour is literally a dream. I thrive on spontaneous adventures! I also love performing with my family; it’s a bond that can not be described. I would also say winning ‘Musician Of The Decade’ recently. That was so validating for such hard work!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? There is nothing technical about my songwriting, that’s for sure. Sometimes, I’ll have a melody in my head for a year before I finish it. Other times, I write a song in an hour and it just flows. It all depends on my mood and what is inspiring me at the moment!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
It would definitely be music sales. Indie musicians do not make enough with streaming! Live shows are so important!
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Bruno Mars would be the funkiest pairing ever! I love what he’s doing! Old school meets new school. Dig it!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? My rehearsals are fun because my band is made up of my family members. We have this connection that can’t be described so rehearsing is pretty easy. We can just feel each other and what the other is about to put out there musically.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! Hmmmm I can’t really answer this because my songs usually just flow!! If they don’t, I don’t write it :)
What's coming up in the future? New music with So Bold Ent/Sony Orchard! I am so happy to now be distributing my music through Sony Music/Orchard. It’s truly an amazing platform for me. Also, please check out my tour dates!
Tell us where fans can access your music.
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About Laura Cheadle
If you’re longing for some real music that you can feel in your heart, lyrics that speak to your soul, and a live performance with the power to blow the roof off the sky, you can stop right here. If you’re tired of all the staged choreography, blinding light shows, capes, costumes, lip-synching and auto-tunes that seems to have taken over live performances, you have found a place to rest, refresh, and renew. Welcome to the world of Laura Cheadle.
Along with her Family Band, she has opened for some of the biggest names in the business and won numerous awards, including “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri-State Indie Music Awards. She has performed on stages from NYC to London, appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewer’s choice, the “NBC 10” Show, and the National reality show “Next Great Family Band.” Laura was recently featured in Curve Magazine, named one of “100 Women We Love” in Go Magazine, and declared a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active Charity Work.
As Traveler Guitar’s newest Brand Ambassador, her solo career is starting to explode, performing a set at NAMM2020, filming specialized performance and educational video segments for Next Level Guitar’s site, and having recently been honored with the Musician of the Decade award for her body of work and trend-setting style. One of her original compositions was recently included in a popular TV show, and she participated in a Philadelphia Film project with a seamlessly acted feature role in the short film “Ether.”
Never one to measure herself according to the trends of the times or the female singer “flavor of the month,” Laura has carved out her own lane since she began performing as a child, and she has done it the old-fashioned way, on pure talent. Gifted with a voice powerful enough to shake rafters, and tender enough to navigate the entire range of the emotional scale, Laura Cheadle is a singer commanding more than just a listen or a look. Her albums, like her concerts, are an experience. Inseparable from the truth of the songs she writes, the raw emotion that tears out of her reaches deep into your heart with the kind of performance her audiences remember long after the last notes have been played.