Sydney-born, Melbourne-based songwriter Laura Jean is a powerful, singular voice in Australian music.
Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean is revered for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. Her albums have been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and nominated for multiple Age Music Victoria Awards. She has recorded with Paul Kelly, The Drones and Oh Mercy, toured with Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Adalita and Jenny Hval, and performed at the National Gallery Of Victoria, Dark Mofo and Sydney Town Hall.
Second album Eden Land was released by UK label Co-Operative/V2, and Laura sang live with Snow Patrol on consecutive Australian tours. She signed with Chapter Music to release A fool who’ll in 2012, called “an uncompromising triumph” by Rolling Stone. Then in 2014, Laura recorded in the UK with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding), releasing her self-titled album later that year. The album featured backing vocals by Norwegian star Jenny Hval and a duet with Parish. It was shortlisted for The Australian Music Prize and nominated for best album at The Age Music Victoria Awards.
2016 saw the vinyl reissue of debut album Our Swan Song, launched with a series of shows accompanied by a string quartet and drummer. This show was debuted at a sold-out concert at the National Gallery Of Victoria.
Laura Jean has just finished her new album Devotion, recorded with John Lee (Beaches, Totally Mild) and due for a mid 2018 release.
“Laura’s last album was my favourite of 2015” - Aldous Harding
“Laura Jean is my favourite Aussie artist, and one of my favourite artists/people of all time” - Jenny Hval “I like Laura Jean” - Paul Kelly, Jetstar Inflight Magazine
“As thrilling as listening to Drake for the first time.” - Herald Sun
“It is a quiet urgency that makes Laura Jean compelling” - The Monthly
“An uncompromising triumph” - Rolling Stone
“Cerebral and emotive, touching both the mind and the heartstrings” - Flavorwire