“It doesn’t require a lot of listening to be taken in by Laura Smith. Her songs are colourful, stripy socks with old jeans and T-shirt. They are as catchy as they are unassuming. You can’t help but take notice.” Carolyn Nikodym (Edmonton Vue Weekly).
Debut album, “Sea of Stars” by North Vancouver/ Victoria artist Laura Smith, was released on their Western Canada tour in November 2008. From pop/alternative to jazz, folk & rock, the songs segue across a wide spectrum of genres without sacrificing quality. With cabaret-style accordion, walls of guitar feedback, lilting piano ballads, elated horn sections, Laura and co-producers Andrew Braun and Derek DiFilippo have created an eclectic album, unified by Laura's strong vocal performance.
After humble beginnings as a "girl with piano" project, followed by stints with other bands (Said the Whale and Prairie Cat), Laura Smith formed her own band. Greg Bevis (drums,vocals) and Jeff Riedlinger (bass) provide the rhythmic backbone, while Andrew Braun (guitar, keys, vocals) provides layers of vocals and instrumentation. Having met at jazz school, they maintain a studious approach toward crafting new songs and are constantly tweaking and improving arrangements of older ones. They have "created a masterpiece and a live show that’s both entertaining and memorable" (Ronotron live reviews)
“Sea of Stars” follows up on the groundwork laid down by Laura’s two previous demos. Her first demo received two Island Music Award nominations, her second “picking flowers”, produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz and Tom Cochrane), can be heard on CBC Radio from Victoria to Toronto. “Sea of Stars” has been accepted by CBC radio for national distribution and is in rotation at Western college stations debuting number 10 on CFUV.
“…one can only predict that Laura Smith has an incredible future ahead of her, not only on the Canadian music scene, but we should also be hearing more from her on the international stage as well." -Joe Montague (Riveting Riffs – Vancouver Plaza Club)
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