We meet Scouse Country Star Laura Oakes ahead of her Arts Club gig
She jokes that her family find communicating by singing in the three-part harmony just as natural as talking but family sing-alongs aside, it was when she hit her teens that Laura really started to apply the gas with her solo performing and writing. As you might expect with such a big musical family, she grew up with various songs and sounds coming at her from all angles. Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Bonnie Raitt, David Gates and Tina Turner all had their part to play in influencing her, but it was on discovering Dolly Parton and the Dixie Chicks that country music truly won Laura’s heart.
Several more teenage years of writing songs, performing anywhere and everywhere, annoying her neighbours a bit, annoying her neighbours even more, and one over-whelming trip to Nashville later, she recorded and self-released her first single ‘Don’t Let It Hit Ya’ in September 2013 and landed in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Chart. Her second single ‘Snakes and Ladders’ followed in 2014 with similar success.
In the past year, Laura has enjoyed live dates at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals and stages including C2C: Country 2 Country at the 02 Arena – London and Time Out Presents: Rising Stars of Country at The Jazz Café – Camden, as well as support slots for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and US, including Andrew Combs, The Shires, Colm Mac Com Iomaire (The Frames) and Ward Thomas. She released her debut Self-Titled EP to iTunes in the summer of 2015 receiving great support from BBC radio right across the UK, and similarly from Digital Radio (Chris Country and Amazing Radio). Bob Harris included it in his Best of 2015 retrospective on BBC Radio 2. As the year came to an end, Laura was also awarded The British Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year.
Laura will be joined tonight by Frankie Davies and Guide Liverpool favourite Robbie Cavanagh.