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Laura Ainsworth
Welcome to the home page of Laura Ainsworth

The "New Vintage" chanteuse whose silky voice and witty, sexy reinventions of mid-century lounge/jazz are bringing fresh new twists to the Great American Songbook and inspiring smitten critics to declare her "a magnificent interpreter of song"..."an exceptional singer, full of grace and color"..."magically transporting to an era far gone"... "a funny lady with a jewel of a voice"..."the very portrait of West Coast cool"...and "as sweet-voiced as a meadowlark crossed with a hummingbird!"


Here you'll find excerpts from her
critically-acclaimed debut CD, Keep It To Yourself,  and her latest album, Necessary Evil , both produced and arranged by keyboard icon Brian Piper and featuring some of the greatest jazz players in the Southwest...

Coming soon: Her long-awaited third album, New Vintage, executive-produced by Grammy-winner Jack Kreisberg, founder of the legendary Half Note jazz label and manager of the Blue Note jazz club in NYC...


And look for
Laura's live performances,
seen in top clubs, theaters, concert and corporate venues from Las Vegas to Dubai, as well as online and on cable and broadcast television programs...

Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards nominee for Best Female Vocalist 2013-14-15 and Best Mainstream Artist 2014-15!









Laura headlining at Django on the Parkway

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Latest News!


Laura's third album, "New Vintage," was delayed due to family health issues, but it's now complete and coming in summer 2017!  Produced by Brian Piper and executive-produced by Grammy-winning jazz producer Jack Kreisberg, founder of Half Note Records and former manager of the Blue Note Jazz Club.
 
Join our e-mail list to be notified of its release !

On August 28th, 2017, Laura will be part of the Indie Collaborative showcase at the Bitter End in NYC.  The entire show will stream live on the Internet.  We are also working on booking a full show while in NYC.  Join our e-mail list or Laura's Facebook fan page to be notified as soon as possible.



Laura and fellow musician Bill Sanner were recently honored at the Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards in Charlotte as Authors of the Year for their moving and humorous memoir of Sanner's years aboard a US Navy submarine.   "The Sub-Par Adventures of Snakebite and Stonefinger" is available through Amazon.  It's the perfect book for any sub or Navy vet, or anyone who is coping with having a family member far from home on a long military deployment.  
Laura was also a nominee for Best Female Vocalist, and her video of "Necessary Evil" was named as a top-five finalist for Best Video.  Thanks to the voters of AMG, where all awards are based solely on the merit of work submitted, not on sales or major label backing!



The new video for "Necessary Evil," shot in Goa, India, is here! 










LAURA'S SECOND ALBUM,
"NECESSARY EVIL"


"A magnificent interpreter of song...Laura Ainsworth has not only met the incredible standard set by her debut recording, but surpassed it ..." - Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside magazine


Necessary Evil front cover

Laura's film noir-inspired second album features a dozen terrific songs from the 1920s to right now, on the theme of love as a "necessary evil," in all its forms -- from the longing of "My Foolish Heart" to the cynical "The Lies of Handsome Men;" from the exotic fantasy of "Out of This World" to the hilariously lusty "Just Give Me A Man."  In the end, we learn that the only place where love is always pure, true and eternal love is in the great old songs on the jukebox ("I'd Give a Dollar for a Dime").

Produced and arranged by Brian Piper and featuring some of the greatest jazz musicians in North Texas, including an all-star 13-piece horn section on the title track and the new big band "instant classic," "Last Train to Mercerville!"  Available through CDBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon and most major download sites, and orderable through any brick-and-mortar record store.


 
To purchase Necessary Evil from CDBaby.com, as a CD or MP3 download, click on the CD cover or HERE!

   
 
To download from iTunes, CLICK HERE!     https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/necessary-evil/id652853666

 


To buy the MP3 version from Amazon, CLICK HERE!









Click here to view the One-Sheet, with album info and contacts for radio, press and interviews. 

Click here to read Laura's thoughts on each song on "Necessary Evil"

RADIO STATIONS:  To request a CD or sound files and press materials, email webmaster@lauraainsworth.com and put RADIO: (Your Call Letters)" in the Subject line.  For CD requests, include name and mailing address.


For more reviews, click here!






LAURA'S DEBUT, "
KEEP IT TO YOURSELF"


SPECIAL SALE: Just $7.97 at CDBABY.COM!

“Gifted with a sultry, swoon-inducing croon, Ainsworth can sing any words and command attention…The whole album is among the year's most consistently engaging jazz releases, performed with class and heartfelt passion.” –
AllAboutJazz.com
 

Click here to
                          sample and buy your copy of Laura Ainsworth's
                          "Keep It To Yourself." from
                          CDBaby.com!

Produced, arranged and featuring keyboards by 2011 Dallas Jazz Musician of the Year Brian Piper, and guest-starring some of the top jazz musicians in the Southwest!  The debut of Laura Ainsworth shows off both her gorgeous, three-octave voice and her outstanding versatility -- from the contemporary title track to obscure gems from the '20s to '50s, to brilliant new takes on the standards, including her steamy concert showstopper "Love For Sale" and a haunting rendition of "Skylark," recorded live in a single take with guitarist Chris DeroseA fan on Jango Radio online summed it up in one word:  "WOW!"


To buy 
as a CD or download from CDBaby, click here  or on the photo to the right!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM iTUNES

Also can be ordered through any music retailer! 


For details on each song on the CD, click here!
             

For a one-sheet with info and bio, click here!
















Laura Ainsworth in genuine '50s country club party
                dressCatching up with Laura Ainsworth...


For the latest news on Laura's upcoming third album, "New Vintage," click here!

Laura was a featured artist on both the Jan. 10 & 17 episodes of "Lounging With Lombardi," legendary DJ John Lombardi's great lounge music show on City World Radio, NYC's top online station.  Both shows can be streamed online from the archives at the Listen link.  She will be featured again in February.  Details coming soon. 

Laura is regularly heard on the terrific indie music show, "Beyond the Invisible," on KUBU-FM, Sacramento, Fridays at noon PST. 


Laura's second indie album, "Necessary Evil," has been picked up for international re-release by Jack Kreisberg's American Showplace Music label.  Look for a contemporary club/dance remix of the title track soon, from Grammy-winning producer Ricky Kej!

The video for "Necessary Evil" shot in Goa, India, and directed by international pop star Oliver Sean debuts on YouTube!  Click here to see and share it! 


On Feb. 13, 2016, Laura performed at the Soiree at the famous Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood, as part of a star-studded Grammy week showcase for Grammy nominees and up-and-coming performers.

Lineup for The Soiree at the
                                                          Whisky-A-Go-Go
                                                          in West
                                                          Hollywood,
                                                          2/13/2016. For
                                                          tickets and
                                                          info, visit
                                                          www.TheSoiree.la

Laura at Birdland in NYC with Billy Stritch (piano) and
          Jim Spencer (host).


While in NYC,
Laura was interviewed and sang three songs on the wild and wacky Madhouse TV cable/web show, "Legends TV," hosted by Evan Ginzberg.  You can see the entire episode online here!


Laura also dropped by the world-famous Birdland jazz club (right), to clown around with hilarious host Jim Caruso and sing "Just Give Me A Man" with pianist Billy Stritch at their weekly "Cast Party."  In the audience, two legendary divas: Nona Hendryx of LaBelle and cabaret icon, Marilyn Maye!





Laura was the guest on OPM Live Blog Talk Radio.  Listen to it on demand here!

Laura was a guest on Al Fink's music talk show on Feb. 24.  To listen or download it, click here!


Laura appeared Thurs. Feb. 26 on UMSL Radio, the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus station, on the 5-7 pm show.

Laura At Fiesta In
                                                Goa, India


Laura performed in India and Dubai as part of the WOA Records India Tour and WOA International Music Festival Goa and Dubai.  


Also, the title track of Laura's CD Necessary Evil was included on the best-selling WOA compilation series disc, Independent #1's (Vol. 4)!  








Laura was a 2014 AMG Awards nominee for Best Female Vocalist and Best Mainstream Artist!  She performed "Last Train to Mercerville" for a nationally-televised AMG Awards TV special, alongside Billy Gilman, Gloria Gaynor, Chubby Checker, Shirley Caesar and other great stars!  (Photos below: Presenting with Best New Artist winner Jesse Reece, and (right) at the after-party with host Billy Gilman and producer David L. Cook).



Laura presenting at the AMG Heritage
        Awards with Best New Artist winner Jesse Reece (left), and Laura
        at the afterparty with host Billy Gilman and Emmy-winning
        producer/singer/songwriter, David L. Cook



Laura's interview with Neon Jazz is posted on YouTube!  Click on the link to hear it!

Laura was the very first spotlight new artist featured on the new Buddies Lounge Hi-Fi Hour show!

Laura was interviewed by WOA Radio, heard throughout India, about her track "Out of This World" that's featured on the "Goa Chillout Zone Vol. III" jazz compilation CD. 

Laura was in Charlotte, NC, where she was a nominee for Best Female Vocalist of 2013 at the Artists Music Guild Awards. 

Laura was a guest on the Aug. 14 episode of Mike Huckabee's national radio show!

Laura was interviewed on Koop Kooper's great "Cocktail Nation" show #277!  To hear it, click here!  You can also hear Laura played regularly on the show!

Laura was interviewed by Joe Dimino on "Neon Jazz!"  To listen, click here!

Laura's version of "Out of This World" featured on the latest WOA FM99 radio show!  Click here!  

Thanks to all the CMJ-reporting radio stations that put "Necessary Evil" into the top 200 Jazz Week airplay charts and climbing!  A special shout-out to CSCR/Toronto Jazz for ranking it #6 two weeks in a row and to KFAI-Minneapolis (#4)!

"Necessary Evil" began getting worldwide raves and radio play.

"Keep It To Yourself" received a lead, rave review in the January "Vocalists" issue of Jazz Inside magazine.  Click here to read it.

Laura was a featured artist at AllAboutJazz.com. 

Tied with Stanley Clarke and Lee Ritenour on JazzWeek's Top Radio Airplay Chart!

Featured CD on PRX's "Blues & Beyond!"  Click here to listen to the entire show!

"Keep It To Yourself" was the New Artist album of the week on BluesJazzRadio.com!

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Black & White '30s glamor photo by Mark Oristano

"Keep It To Yourself" and "Necessary Evil" cover photos and email list section by Shoshana Portnoy

Media Contact section photo by Todd Szalkowski, TGS Photography


Django photos by Larry Groebe except where noted.  Other photos by Pat Reeder.

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