There are certain voices that can pull a person into the depths of a song within just a second of that first note. In the mid 1960's, the world was introduced to Janice Joplin. In 2006, Amy Winehouse gave us a fresh breath of air. In 2008, the world was astounded by Adele and in 2010, Alabama Shakes took ahold of our attention. Now in 2016, Laura Jean Anderson is here to make waves.
Laura Jean Anderson takes us down with the release of her four-track EP, Righteous Girl. Dripping with traces of old Rock n Roll roots, her original pieces intertwine music history with a new sound of the times. Righteous Girl evokes pure, strong emotion that makes the listener beg for more. It's the kind of sound you wish you could experience on vinyl. Reminiscent of Joplin, Lucius, St. Vincent and the Alabama Shakes, let the sounds of guitars, piano, drums fill the room and Laura Jean's soulful voice take the lead.
After seeing her video for Take Me In, we knew this girl was something else and had to learn mo In the over saturated world of music, Laura Jean's sound is a breath of fresh air and a sound we so desperately need. We caught up with Laura Jean to chat about her journey, musical inspirations and what's to come. To experience the full effect, press play on the Righteous Girl EP as you read through and sink into a soothing state. Enjoy!
Where do you find your musical inspiration?
Anything in particular that inspired the EP?
Definitely was inspired by personal experiences going on in my life at the time as well as a mix of old recordings such as 1920s barrelhouse singers, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, etc.
How excited are you about the release of Righteous Girl?
Very excited! Ready for it to be out there in the universe as well as to be moving on to more music making and recording
Who did you listen to growing up? Who do you love listening to now?
I listened to a lot of old 50s-70s music growing up like The Ronnettes, Temptations, Neil Young, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Aretha Franklin etc. and also Shania Twain-she was my gal! For some reason, I just had a huge liking for older music. Now, I could say I still listen to all that music but also am into music being made now like Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, St. Vincent, Half Moon Run...
Who was your first concert/show? DO you remember how you felt?
wow. I think my first concert was Styx at the Puyallup fair in Washington when I was 15. I felt so rock n roll at the time haha
What about Calarts do you think influenced your music?
Calarts influenced a lot of the way I perceive music. I was lucky to be there at a time when there were a lot of songwriters doing a similar thing to me- it almost felt like Laurel Canyon in the 60s- being surrounded by inspiration, sharing songs, staying up late listening to old music. It was a great time that I wouldn’t change for the world and I am so blessed that I could focus only on the artist and academic element of music and nothing else for that short stint of time.
Tell us about your life changing moment in Peru.
It honestly feels like so long ago that I was down in South America. I was traveling in Ecuador and Peru, farming and exploring and things down there definitely made me feel like music was my path.
How important is it to you to truly mean what you write in your music?
It's the most important thing. The world needs honesty in art. I believe that every single lyric I write has to be honest and coming from a true place. Freedom and honesty is so important but I feel like too many things are written where the writer doesn’t REALLY mean them. I mean everything I write, and If I can’t look at myself in the mirror and speak those words, I will scrap the lyric.
If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Neil Young in the “On the Beach” era in 1974
What can we expect from you this year?
EP release, SW tour in march, PNW tour in summer and hopefully a full-length record by the end of the year
Advice for those chasing their dreams?
Never give up if deep down you know it’s what you want. Always stay true and don’t sacrifice your dreams for anyone
Do you like coffee? If so, how do you take it?
Absolutely! I’m a multiple cup a day kind of gal! I prefer diner coffee with a little bit of cream
Anything you want the music world to know about you that we didn’t cover?
I stand for empowerment in those whose voices aren’t heard and my only hope is that it comes across in my music in the most natural way possible:)