Since the October release of Un Solo Beso Laura Fernandez has been enjoying extensive CBC and Campus radio support and chart action. Un Solo Beso is a major progression from Laura’s well-received 2003 debut, The Other Side. That record explored folk-pop terrain with real skill. The transition to writing and singing in Spanish has come naturally to Fernandez. A catalyst has been her role as producer and host of Café Latino, a weekly radio showcase of Latin music on Toronto’s JazzFM.91. “Being exposed to that music has influenced me. You could say I’ve rediscovered my roots, and that is reflected on the album,” she says.
The nomadic and cosmopolitan Fernandez was born in Madrid, lived in Switzerland as a child, spent her youth in Calgary when her parents migrated there, and has lived much of her adult life in Toronto. While she has always loved music, her primary creative outlet for much of her life has been art. A highly talented painter of portraits, she enjoyed a long run of success as one of Canada’s most prominent illustrators. Laura has illustrated numerous children’s books, and her work has been seen internationally on billboards, ads, packaging and magazines.
Music is now Laura’s primary creative passion, and she is bringing her full energy to its pursuit. “After painting for 25 years, there was not enough challenge or struggle. Music has become a voyage of self-discovery for me. There are no rules here, and that is exciting and liberating to me. I love the social aspects of making music, and the fact that it is an even more direct route to the heart than painting.”