"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

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 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, iTunes, Amazon and most major download sites, and orderable through any brick-and-mortar record store.

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.

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“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.” –

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 Derose.

A fan on Jango Radio online summed it up in one word: "WOW!"

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

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