It's no wonder that, since turning professional, Laura Collins has been creating a huge buzz. A sophisticated singer with style and wit to boot, her work wins hearts and minds.
Laura played classical 'cello and piano from an early age in her home town of Cardiff and studied singing as a choral exhibitioner at Cambridge University. Feeling the constraints of High Church music, she found solace in Nina Simone and Charlie Parker:
'I saw the light, threw off my cassock, and began to take the path of jazz understanding.'
Then followed an adventurous year in Rome, singing in backstreet clubs. On returning to the UK she continued her apprenticeship in working mens' clubs and any place she could shove a microphone.
Keen to receive formal training, Laura moved to London to study on the highly competitive jazz performance course at the Guildhall School of Music. There she was awarded scholarships from the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund and the Atlantic Foundation. Fortunate to learn from some of the most prominent figures in jazz, she performed with the Swedish piano whizz Jakob Karlzon, studied singing with Lee Gibson, Anita Wardell and Tina May and explored lyric-writing with Norma Winstone. Since, she has been lucky enough to perform with jazz greats including Tina May, Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, Andy Cleyndert, Dave Cottle, Tony Levin, Dick Pearce and Jean Toussaint. Laura also works as a session musician with a unique skillset, as her work for companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company testifies.