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“A voice and style that don’t belong to this century, let alone this decade…Close your eyes, and drift into a different world.” – Kev Rowland, Gonzo Weekly music magazine

 

From her home base of Dallas to Los Angeles, New York, India and Dubai, the world is falling in love with Laura Ainsworth. With her satiny, three-octave voice, her sexy sense of humor and her trademark elbow-length gloves and beaded gowns that would fill Julie London with envy, Laura ushers audiences into her own enchanting world…a sophisticated cocktail that combines the elegant retro style of nightclub shows of the ‘40s and ’50s with modern musical twists. She calls it “New Vintage,” which is also the title of her award-winning third album. It’s an intoxicating blend that has attracted some of the top jazz players in Texas to her side, including longtime partner Brian Piper, one of the most sought-after pianists/producers in the Southwest. It’s also earned her critical raves and industry honors, including: a profile in Downbeat magazine; performances at Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Room, L.A.’s Whiskey A-Go-Go and Mike Huckabee’s nationally-broadcast TV variety show on TBN; “Best of the Year” ratings from the radio shows “Cocktail Nation” and “Everything Old is New Again,” three Global Music Awards Bronze Medals;  Clousine International Music Magazine Awards for “Best Jazz Video” and “Best Jazz Album;” five nominations each for “New Vintage” in the Josie Music Awards and Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards; and an unprecedented triple win at the AMG Heritage Awards for Album, Video and Female Vocalist of the Year.

 

Most recently, Eclectus Records has released “Top Shelf,” a remastered audiophile vinyl LP collection of 10 great tracks from Laura’s first three CDs, “Keep It To Yourself,” “Necessary Evil,” and “New Vintage.”  It is now being distributed across Japan by the major record store chain, Disk Union.

 

All three of her critically-acclaimed CDs feature production, arrangements and keyboards by Laura’s musical partner, Brian Piper, one of the most sought-after jazz pianists in the Southwest, along with the cream of North Texas’ renowned pool of jazz musicians.

Discography

Keep It To Yourself

Necessary Evil

New Vintage

Compilations:

Top Shelf (Vinyl LP best-of)

Goa Chill-out Zone Vols. 5 & 6

This is Vintage Now, Vol. 2

 

PRESS

Press Quotes

Link to multiple reviews for Laura Ainsworth’s recordings:  http://lauraainsworth.com/reviews.html

 

AWARDS: Three Global Music Awards Bronze Medals, two Clousine International Music Magazine Awards, five Josie Music Awards nominations, multiple Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards nominations including an unprecedented triple win in 2018 for Album, Video and Female Vocalist of the Year.

 

“You can keep all those pop divas.  The only one for me is Laura Ainsworth…(She) has beauty, brains, sophistication and comic timing that make her a total performance package…A wonderful modern interpreter of the Great American Songbook, as well as thoroughly modern styles.” – Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside magazine

 

“Ainsworth’s striking red hair, vivacious retro-like fashion sense and razor sharp wit combine to create a unique persona and uncanny trifecta focused on a sort of reconstruction or reworking of the Great American Songbook. She looks and sounds the part, with a seamless delivery derived from the ‘40s and ‘50s , yet contemporary as well…Utilizing some of the top jazz players in North Texas, Ainsworth’s stock and trade is in flipping the script on musically provincial sensibilities.” – Downbeat magazine

 

“An exceptional singer, full of grace and color in her interpretations…The popular song (of) the ‘30’s ‘One More Time’ could summarize the talent of this woman. Her ability to express the elements of the most classic jazz is incomparable…” – Oscar Montagut, TheWorldMusicReview.com

 

“Weaves past and present with stunning power.” – Robert S. Sutton, JazzCorner.com

 

“As sweet-voiced as a meadowlark crossed with a hummingbird.” – Mark S. Tucker, AcousticMusic.com

 

“Ainsworth’s voice is sublime as it caresses top-notch musicianship by a slew of southwest jazz players.” – Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News

 

“Pops in a way that makes you realize just how terrific old-school jazz can sound in the right hands…There were goose-bump moments…” – Preston Jones, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

 

“Charming and genuine… She doesn’t sing like a diva, but like a character living in the middle of the music…Recalls big band clubs in many a black-and-white film airing on TCM…Magically transporting to an era far gone…” – Kevin Thomas, Dallas Voice

 

Interviews

Print interview with Laura Ainsworth in Alan Mercer’s celebrity blog:  https://amprofile.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-new-vintage-sounds-of-laura.html

 

A chat with the avatar of all things swank, Koop Kooper, on the internationally-syndicated radio show/podcast, Cocktail Nation:  http://cocktailnation.podbean.com/e/cocktail-nation-461-new-vintage/

 

Recorded interview with the top bachelor pad music podcast, Buddies Lounge:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/buddieslounge/episodes/2017-08-19T22_56_18-07_00

 

In-depth recorded interview on “Beyond The Playlist”:  http://beyondtheplaylist.libsyn.com/beyond-the-playlist-with-jhammondc-laura-ainsworth

 

Recorded interview with the Kansas City jazz show, Neon Jazz:  https://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/2018/01/517th-show-january-24-2018.html

 

 

 

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