About Me

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I have been involved with music my whole life. My grandfather, Basil Jones was a brilliant musician and I watched him teach from his lounge room on many afternoons and perform on his ‘fiddle’ in concert halls in Brisbane.

I began playing piano at 5 and became involved in school choirs, singing groups and a few other instruments along the way. I loved music and although I could spend hours playing piano and singing at home, I never thought it would become my career.

I auditioned at the Qld Conservatorium of Music after waking up one night to a very clear voice  telling me I needed to do singing as my job! I was already enrolled to study speech pathology, but I knew then that I had to take a chance at what I loved. I began at the Con in 1996 and it was there that I found jazz. It was so great that I did everything I could to start playing with other jazz musicians and soon found myself with 3 residencies in hotels and restaurants and subsequently, did a lot of singing and performing.

In 2000 I moved to the UK and worked there for almost 3 years, mainly soaking up the big city and taking a break from lots of gigging. I was lucky enough to be able to perform at the Jazz Café with legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (singing the Mark Murphy lyrics to Red Clay for you ‘jazzers’ out there) and sang around London a little, mainly spending my time at Ronnie Scotts’ Jazz Club, working as a waitress and listening to as much jazz as possible!

It was also in the UK that I began to realise that there was more to life than just perfoming or being ‘successful’ in the traditional sense. I had ended up moving to Brighton (near the sea and rolling hills) and was suddenly exposed to healers, teachers and very wise old souls, introduced mainly by my new friend Yeva who was in her 80’s and loved jazz more than me. She had thousands of old LP’s in her home on the cliffs of  Rodean and we spent many hours listening to Pat Metheny (both our favourite musician) discussing the meaning of life, the state of the world and consuming lots of green chai and biscuits.

Upon arrival back in Australia in 2002, I tinkered with guitar and recorded my first original album in 2003 called ‘At Home”. I played guitar and sang stories of my journey overseas and in my life in Australia and recorded it in the forest in Mt Glorious. I began teaching more seriously (I had started before I left for the UK) and spent a lot of time doing self-development workshops, learning about myself and music, and reflecting on what I really wanted / loved.

The teaching became so rewarding that it eventually became my full time job.  I realised (though teaching) that singing was not difficult at all and that everyone can sing.  I realised that people can also unblock the singing voice by focusing on healing other areas of their life and vice versa!  I kept finding proof that singing really was easy and that “everyone can sing”. What a revelation! So here I am still teaching and learning and loving it.

Alongside of the teaching I love performing jazz,  playing the piano, discovering great old tunes from the 1930’s, learning from nature, holistic health, energy work and more.

I also love being involved in any project that brings music back into people’s homes and lives. Playing music can be so much fun! I always encourage anyone who has ever had a dream to play the piano, or have singing lessons, or whatever is the passion, to pursue it, as those dreams are there for a reason: your happiness!

I hope you enjoy my site and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Lots love, Laura.