“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