Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I don’t know if there was one thing or someone, I have been creating stuff my whole life, you know? When I was little I used to write poetry. I wrote a book , I mean not a real book , but I wrote a short story that a friend of the family “typed” up for me and put in a hard copy. I have always been creating, playing piano or just creating melodies. I don't remember when, or if, there really was one “catalyst.”I have always been creative.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
This question could be interpreted a bunch of ways, I suppose? Crazy does not necessarily means GOOD either. I have had a lot of good things happen and inspiring things happen. I think the things in my mind are the darkest moments. I remember feeling super down after getting dropped from a label way back when....I thought it was crazy...I dunno this question is a tough one.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Again, this journey is filled with so many ups and downs. It is hard to say what has been the high point. I guess high points have included my first time singing a duet on stage with a superstar or walking into a recording session and realizing I was recording with legends or maybe my first solo on a movie soundtrack.....there are many you know?
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I collaborate with many different people and, therefore, the creative process is varied. But, overall, I am a melody person and I can hear melodies and write melodies all the time. I will quickly record an idea into my phone. I am also writing words or thoughts, or phrases that come to mind. But, overall, it depends who I am collaborating with. This project -the EP Weep Willow - is different because, for the first time in a long time, my friend and producer gave me “tracks” to write to. We were in the middle of the first lockdown. It was such an eery time and I was doing everything and anything to keep busy and creative. I never expected to write the EP I wrote.
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?
Well, it seems like the internet is a blessing and social media but it is also a crazy rabbit hole. For instance, if you want to break music it is almost more important to do TIK TOK videos. These videos take up so much time to me, and sometimes I would rather work on music you know? As an indie artist, dividing your time between creative and administrative stuff...it’s a lot work you know?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I’m a huge fan of people like Ledisi, Emily King, John Batiste, and even Billie Eilish and my mentor Fantastic Negrito. I also am gagging over Alicia Key’s new album....her musical sensibility is something that really resonates with me. These people are inspiring me incredibly right now . But if you ask me in a few months - I may SAY someone else...
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Generally, I like to rehearse with my Musical Director first and just sing through the songs with just piano or guitar to get a feel for singing the recorded music live. Then, we add the band and the other elements separately. I rehearse my background singers separately, as well, and then we all come together and it becomes one big harmonious situation!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Writing songs is like magic. It’s truly a process that is just fascinating. Some songs are harder than others and some just come and I write them in like 10 minutes. I wrote the song "CHILDREN of the SUN" off this EP literally in 10 minutes, but my song "Eye in the Sky" took more time as I was playing on words and metaphors and was pushing myself to do something different. I am one of those people that if a song becomes too “challenging,” I move on....if it doesn’t come maybe it isn’t meant to come? Do you know what I mean?
What's coming up in the future?
I am planning an EP release party in early February in Los Angeles , I am putting it together now and looking for a place to stream it as well after I do it and film it. It’s always scary singing your songs, you feel vulnerable . I have quite a few really cool things lined up for 2022 but I can’t talk about it just yet.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Laura Jane
Laura Jane, international recording artist is originally from Michigan where she was raised in a multi cultural family. She started singing at the tender age of 3 years old and her first professional gig was singing in the children’s chorus of the OPERA GRAND RAPIDS where she performed in such acclaimed operas as CARMEN and TOSCA. Growing up she performed in theater and musical theater productions all over town, and she sang radio commercials for HONDA and starred in a few television commercials such as for Meijer’s Grocery Stores.
Laura Jane was accepted to the prestigious BOSTON CONSERVATORY of Music where she studied for two years and finished her education at the UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in music and theatre. While in Philadelphia she stumbled across superstar songwriting and producing team GAMBLE AND HUFF (who owned the building her school was actually in) of the legendary THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA and found herself in the studio immediately singing with such icons like Billy Paul and working with legendary producer Dexter Wansel. Laura Jane was then placed in a girl group and with a development deal with the label. This is where her studio experience began.