“Laura James has been long thought of as one of Cumbria's finest musical talents… She's turning heads and ears in the capital just as she always has done.” (Cumbria Today).
Laura James is a Cumbrian-born singer-songwriter, based in North London. After two heart-felt teenage folk/pop DIY album releases at the age of 15 & 17, Laura finally released her debut EP ‘The Bed of The Brook’ in 2011 with with her band The Lyres. The release was accompanied by a travelling trailer stage which graced the streets of Durham, Newcastle, Carlisle & Clitheroe.
Laura spent the next few years based in Liverpool. Playing all around the north-west of England. Laura James & The Lyres appeared at local & national Festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Great Escape Festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend (Carlisle), Kendal Calling, A Carefully Planned Festival, Solfest and Ireby as well as international festivals such as DBMC in Delaware.
Laura's first single ‘The Water’ was self-released in 2013 and has had extensive radio play including by Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, as well as BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Merseyside it was also picked up by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson.
Laura was awarded the MBF (now Help Musicians) Songwriting Development prize in 2012 and her 3rd release 'Every Little Amber' (Sep 2014) was the result of this. Described by Sheffield's Backseat Mafia as 'Musical Perfection' the EP was well received and was followed by a UK Tour
“This Is Gorgeous”
-Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
"Laura James, golden haired nymph with guitar. A hummingbird spinning fragile tales of life and love."
-Mudkiss Fanzine, Liverpool
“Lyrical Ability at it’s finest!”
-Peter Guy, Mersey Blogs
"Laura's sumptuous and passionate vocal, alongside cleverly crafted lyrics, really showcase a talent that is just begging to be picked up by a major label..."
-Stuart Forward, EQView
"One of the sweetest songstresses to grace a Merseyside stage.."
- Emma Walsh, Liverpool's Get Into This.
"She simply radiates warmth and musical sincerity when she performs.... There was a resonating ghost of gratification and sensuality that came tumbling out as each word was placed, almost lovingly, before the audience."
-Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound & Vision
" a delightful set of wonderfully characteristic and sincere songs, enhanced by stunningly rich and graceful vocals....her songs surface gently from personal reflection amidst the evocative landscapes of her youth. ...enhanced further by James’ sweet introductions to each song, adding context to the narratives and confirming the charming nature of this talented singer-songwriter."
Iain Fox, A Music Blog Yea, Manchester
"Laura James spun sweet folk-influenced music soaked in a sort of poetry... the lyrics almost aching with intimacy and anticipation. Her single ‘Rooftops’ rolled and resonated in the packed-out room, pulling on past connections, the intensity of early love and the concept of memory most of us can relate to."
Emily, Oldfield, Louder Than War, MCR