Laura performing in Goa, as part of WOA Records' India Tour and WOA International Music Festival Goa and Dubai

Laura performing at the gorgeous Fiesta Restaurant in Calangute, on Baga Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.

At the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, at the pre-party before the "Grammy Salutes the Beatles" tribute concert. If this dress looks familiar, maybe you saw Doris, the owner of the fabulous retro clothing shop "The Way We Wore," wearing it in ads for the second season of one of Laura's favorite TV shows, "L.A. Frock Stars." It's Laura's now!

"...You’re in for a real treat. Laura Ainsworth is one of the most talented and entertaining vocalists – of any genre or era – on the music scene today!"

Eric Harabadian, Down Beat magazine contributing writer

Retro jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth grew up on the Great American Songbook. She is the daughter of the late big band prodigy Billy Ainsworth, who quit college at age seventeen to play saxophone and clarinet for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Laura spent her childhood in elegant showrooms in Dallas and Las Vegas, watching her father perform with icons such as Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. Today, she brings that way of doing things into the 21st century.

With a satiny, three-octave voice, an alluring sense of humor, trademark elbow-length gloves, and beaded gowns that would fill Julie London with envy, Laura Ainsworth ushers audiences into another world. It’s a place where older songs get a brand new lease on life through vibrant, authentic-feeling arrangements that mirror the sophisticated atmosphere of mid-century lounges and nightclubs. North Texas’ best jazz players contribute top-drawer performances in a variety of musical settings, which range from full big band orchestras to minimal arrangements for one vocal and one instrument.

You Asked For It, Laura’s fourth and latest studio album, has already enjoyed brisk sales in Japan on the popular mini-LP CD format. The album features a selection of songs requested by her fans, with her backup band recorded live in the studio in a late-night jam session style inspired by Julie London’s Julie At Home (1960) LP.

The album’s lead single is a drastic reworking of Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger,” which is accompanied by a brilliant lyric video that plays like a 1940s film noir movie. Other highlights include Laura’s long-awaited versions of “Cry Me a River” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as well as a West Coast Jazz-style rendition of The Kingston Trio’s “Scotch and Soda.”
The Japanese mini-LP CD edition of You Asked For It features a poster-size version of the tiki bar image above, as well as one extra song that is not on the international MP3/streaming release. This mini-LP CD edition will be available exclusively on Bandcamp outside of Japan.

Laura has three prior studio albums to her credit, entitled Keep It To Yourself (2011), Necessary Evil (2013) and New Vintage (2017). She was also featured on the well-received compilation album This Is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness Is A Way Of Life (2021), which put her alongside veteran artists such as Sue Raney, Robert Drasnin and Talya Ferro. Her appearance in two best-selling international compilations led to a successful tour of India and Dubai.

In 2019, her 180 gram vinyl “best of” LP Top Shelf (2017) received a favorable review in Japan’s Jazz Life magazine, which led to Japanese record chain Disk Union picking up the album for distribution. Ratspack Records began distribution of all of Laura’s music in Japan in March 2020, and then reissued Top Shelf as a deluxe remastered mini-LP CD to Japan only in September 2021. You Asked For It followed in July 2022.

Laura’s performances have earned her critical acclaim and industry honors throughout the world. She has been featured in periodicals such as Down Beat, Broadway World, Jazz Critique, and CD Journal. In 2018, she was the recipient of an unprecedented three-award sweep of the AMG Heritage Awards for Female Vocalist, Album and Video of the Year. She has also won three Global Music Awards bronze medals, two 2018 Clouzine International Music Awards, and five 2017 Josie Music Awards nominations.

When not singing or recording, Laura works with husband Pat Reeder, writing content for radio, TV and the Internet. They live in suburban Dallas in a restored Midcentury Modern house that was once Laura’s childhood home. They share their home with a dozen rescued parrots and cockatoos.