When asked at her first audition “How does singing make you feel?" the young girl only age 9 replied “Alive!" Such is the perfect word to describe the music of vocalist and composer Laura Camara. A songstress of incredible emotional depth, Laura's unique performances and heartfelt lyricism open a doorway into her heart for all to enter, elevating her as one of the most genuine emerging artists today.
Laura’s mix of arrangements of popular song, jazz standards, and deeply personal original compositions make for a fresh bold take on the genre of jazz. Not the typical delicate torch singer, Laura’s music is eclectic blend of jazz harmony, full of electric grooves, and strong subjects with unapologetic lyrics. Her unique voice, with its rich colorful timbres and incredible range, combined with her rhythmic sophistication and her dexterity in vocal improvisation, make for a truly original sound. Laura proves herself, not just as a singer, but a musician, using every part of her vocal capabilities to add hornlike solos and intricate rhythms with vocal percussion. However, Laura is best known for her emotional connection to the music and her sincerity in which it is conveyed. With each performance, Laura gives herself over to her audience with a genuine delivery of her soul.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio as Laura Brunner, she became aware of her calling as musician at the early age of three while giving her parents exclusive performances on the fireplace (stage) of their house. Growing up, Laura threw herself into musical endeavors studying violin, guitar, drum set, and auxiliary percussion as well as singing with various local choirs. Throughout her years in Columbus Laura has performed at the top venues in the city, on many occasions with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Upon receiving a scholarship Laura moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Berklee College of Music from which she is now an alumnus.
Her heartfelt performances have led her to share the stage with an extraordinary array of musicians such as Kurt Elling, Ellis Marsalis, Sheila E., Esperanza Spalding, Camila Meza, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Past performances include The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Boston Pops Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the John F. Kennedy National Center for the Performing Arts. Laura is an award winning jazz vocalist, winning second place in New York City’s Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. In addition to live performances Laura has been a featured profiled artist on WGBH Boston’s National Public Radio and famous New York City Webcast Capsulocity.
Laura continues to travel worldwide giving master classes on jazz vocal styles and vocal improvisation, performing in top venues in Asia, Europe, and North America. For more information on upcoming performances and recordings click "NEWS" on this site.