When singer and songwriter Laura Vecchione begins to sing, room-chatter quiets as people turn to listen. Her voice is unearthly beautiful, yet deep, rich, and full of emotion, evoking wide rivers of the South that seem far from her origins in New York and Boston.
On the release of her debut album, Deeper Waters, The Boston Globe dubbed her, "a bluesy songstress who has been compared to Lucinda Williams and June Carter..." and proudly proclaimed, "Vecchione is all ours."
In its first week out, Deeper Waters ranked as a Top 5 Most Added on the AMA Chart and continued to climb - an impressive accomplishment for an independent, self-funded release. It reached 14 on the Roots Music Report and XM Radio got on board early, adding it to its Americana programming and featuring the cover of Deeper Waters on the "What's New On XM" page alongside new releases by Keith Urban, Gnarles Barkley, and Lindsey Buckingham.
In the fall of 2008, Vecchione released Girl in the Band as a triumphant sequel to her impressive debut album. In New York, Phase 1 Digital's Ralph Modica directed and produced its promo videos. Girl in the Band was recorded in Nashville and Boston with an all-star cast of seasoned session players including George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) on electric guitars. The album shines with Vecchione's unique balance of pop-appeal and gravitas.
Mixed by Multi-Grammy-Award winner, Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Kathleen Edwards) and boasting the back up vocals of indie rising stars, Nicole Nelson (Dwight and Nicole), Tim Blane, and Victoria Vox, Laura's songs continue to enjoy radio play nationwide including on XM Radio, WUMB and 92.5FM The River Boston.
Laura has had songs licensed for television including TNT's hit drama, Saving Grace and A&E's The Glades. Lyrics to "Tell Them About the Dream," a song inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahalia Jackson, found themselves on the pages of the indie comic book, Resurrection, as well as onto the compilation CD, Dream On, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Laura's story as an independent artist and songwriter began and grew in Boston. Laura had already won Boston's Colgate Country Showdown before the release of Deeper Waters, and with it, the praises of country station WKLB. George Knight of Boston's commercial Triple A station, WBOS began spinning her single, "Jane." And Martha's Vineyard's WMVY added "Fool's Gold" to its Fresh Produce sampler alongside artists like Melissa Ferreick and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Born in New York City, Laura's classical voice training began at age 15. As an American Studies major at Barnard College, Laura found herself in the warm embrace of the Columbia/Barnard Gospel Choir while also studying Jazz Voice at Manhattan School of Music. She later continued Broadway and Classical singing at The Singer's Forum. Laura moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. She studied guitar with local maestro John Curtis (Patty Griffin, Jon Pousset-Dart Band) and began writing and performing original material.
Laura divides her time between New York and Boston. She continues to write, play, teach voice, record, and tour.
Her current CDs, GIRL IN THE BAND, DEEPER WATERS, and the single TELL THEM ABOUT THE DREAM are available on CDBaby.com.