Currently residing in the lively and eclectic British seaside town of Brighton, Miss Laura Vane continues to tighten her grip on the funk/soul/pop scene in Europe! An 80’s baby born into a musical family, growing up in rehearsals, band rooms and running around backstage. Watching her parents play music throughout her childhood reinforced her passion for performance and underlined her dream to become a singer. Laura is regarded as the little lady with the big voice, once described as ‘honey over sand paper’ due to her full bodied rasp and raw edge.
Laura at her core is a soul/Jazz singer, but her long standing relationship with dance music has allowed her to merge into other styles of song writing, and enables her to exercise all of her influences, ranging from Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Kelis and Janelle Monae. She has been working in the music industry professionally and releasing her records for over a decade. She writes, records and performs her own material all over the globe.
Achieving notable success from working with artists such as Gnarls Barkley, The Streets, Mike Skinner, Mj Cole, Lewis Taylor, Part Time Heroes, Omar, Diesler, Kidda and more, she has enjoyed releases on many labels; Ministry, 679, Verve, Soulfuric, Device, HedKandi, Tru Thoughts, Unique Records, Freestyle, Socialbeats, Toolroom, Juicy, Prolific Records and Ink.
To date Laura has appeared on the legendary Top Of The Pops and De Wereld Draait Door, as well as BBC radio shows hosted by much loved and well regarded Dj’s such as Jonathan Ross, Gilles Peterson (Maida vale live session), Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Mark Lamarr, Craig Charles, Ras Kwame and the hugely popular Dutch Radio 6, Giel Beelen and Gerard Ekdom at 3FM to name a few. She has also performed at Glastonbury, Rockness, WOMAD festival Las Palmas, Metro Weekend, The Unique Soul Weekender, Blue Balls Festival, Tour The France, North Sea Round Town, Big Rivers and Sudoeste Festival.
LAURA ON LAURA VANE & THE VIPERTONES
“Since we formed over the internet (on MySpace) in late 2008, the momentum has grown and grown. This project is so lively and everyone is so dedicated to the music, I love the way that it works, and our enjoyment also comes across really strongly at gigs! The first album, self titled (Laura Vane and The Vipertones) exceeded my expectations in terms of exposure, radio play and bookings and we played some brilliant festivals throughout 2010, all over Europe. Now, with our second album Sugar Fix due for release in mid April 2011, I am really excited and curious as to how it will be received. Ton, Phil and I have been very keen to make sure that all the fabulous musicians we have been working with over the past 18 months contribute to the album, and I think it has helped us to succeed in making a brilliant record! Whilst experimenting with different directions within the genre of funk, soul and pop, we are keeping a close watch on the quality of the songs, and (I think, and I hope) this will be the reason why we can continue to make such memorable connections with our audience and listeners. Let’s see what this album can do!’
“Laura Vane is as potent a songwriter and singer as I’ve come across. Not only does she have the ideas but she communicates them in a high pressure environment with a smile.” Mike Skinner, The Streets
“Laura is one of the most exciting vocalists and writers that I have had the pleasure to work with in the past few years. This girl has funk and soul oozing from every part of her. Her musicality is second to none. She can cut it both live and in the studio. Phenomenal.” Mj Cole