Discussing the EP in its entirety, Laura Jean describes, „I feel like I’m giving birth to my first baby! Its been such a deepening experience making this record and it’s such an honor to share such personal parts of my story with the world. Cant wait for it to be out and for you all to hear!“
To spotlight the EP release, Laura Jean is set to play a private full-band show in Los Angeles this month (please message for details) as well as a solo outing in NYC November 15 @ Rockwood Music Hall – tickets here. The shows follow a run of L.A. support slots for Langhorne Slim.
Lonesome No More marks the pinnacle of a momentous year for the budding songstress, which kicked off with the release of 2018 debut single „Silence Won’t Help Me Now.“ The track impacted as a much-needed rally cry for the voiceless in today’s tumultuous times. First debuting with NPR / All Songs Considered, the track embodies Laura Jean’s struggle resisting societal confines and breaking away from her conservative Mormon upbringing. The song’s message was further reflected in the striking official video, which Noisey described as „equally powerful,“ giving the track a new, jarring visual context.
Of the song, Laura Jean describes, „The song started with how frustrated I felt being told I can’t do what I want as a woman. Once the election happened that feeling of frustration heightened and I felt like my hope dwindled, like I’d never be heard or understood. So I finished the song as an anthem to speak up – a personal pep talk to stand up for the things I believe in.“ Laura Jean further detailed the song and video’s backstory in an exclusive interview with Salon here.
Single „Love You Most“ followed, putting Laura Jean’s powerhouse vocal at the forefront alongside sweeping melodies and a textured instrumental. The track, tipped early by the The FADER, was released alongside a stunning video which debuted alongside an exclusive interview with L.A. Weekly. Laura Jean then released „Thinkin Bout You,“ a further taste of her songwriting dexterity, which debuted with The Line of Best Fit here.
Born one of five kids in Olympia, Washington where grunge was king and liberal hippies thrived, Laura Jean was raised strictly Mormon, a stark dichotomy that inflicts her art to this day with a deep-seated poignancy. By her mid-teens, she began to form her own differing views and music was her first outlet for rebellion. First honing her vocal skill in church choirs through childhood, a bronchitis-riden audition led to a chance acceptance to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) prompting a move to California to study classical voice. She made her way working odd jobs, busking, and playing live in any capacity – a testament to her reverence and embodiment of classic blue collar musicians of yore (Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, etc) who built careers on painstaking hard work and rooted in all things live.
After a break from school involving farm work in South America, found love and subsequent heartbreak, berry farming in Washington state, and residing in a hippie commune, Laura Jean moved back to L.A. to finish school at CalArts. Since then, she’s lived in various artist compounds on L.A.’s east side throwing pop-up house shows, always surrounded by musicians, always performing.