“Alexandrea Thomsen recently spent some time with local singer Laura Reed at the home where she grew up to discuss how much the home and the memories made there has influenced the music she makes. Reed has had a busy schedule recently, promoting her debut album “The Awakening,” playing four festivals and playing in Vegas and New York. She’s gearing up for a show”
“Now touring and promoting the album, Reed recently released the latest single, “Struggle,” an inspirational anthem co-written with Shannon Sanders. Backed by a gospel choir, the stirring tune speaks to the familiar issues that plague each of us at one time or another. Rather than wallow in self-pity, the singer encourages us to treat our struggles as an opportunity to heal, learn, and grow. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but a little positivity goes a long way. For an added dose of inspiration, take a minute to listen to the acoustic version below, then check out her ukulele-driven cover of Jazmine Sullivan's "Silver Lining," an optimistic closing thought for anyone going through a struggle right now.”
"a voice that earns comparisons to genre greats like Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse must surely deliver a pitch in tune with a charismatic performance"
“Look who's back with new music and a new look to match. Singer/songwriter Laura Reed has shorn off her seven-year-old locs, and she greeted 2014 with a snazzy new short haircut. Her look may have changed, but her sweet soul sounds haven't as we can hear on her fresh-outta-the-studio new track "Naturally." This is another exclusive SoulBounce world premiere following our debut of her song "Wake Up" last year. Where "Wake Up" was '60s retro, "Naturally" sounds more suited to the synthesized '70s and is equally as catchy. We hear the softer side of Reed who likens her love to other unstoppable forces of nature. Producer Shannon Sanders has crafted a synthesizer-driven groove with finger snaps and well-placed horns to complement Laura's vocals. Everything comes together in a winning package. The real winner, however, is you, the listener, who gets this special sneak peek of the full-length song this holiday weekend only before it's put away for her debut album.”
“I was recently browsing online when I came across a video post by a fellow Nashville resident. The song was by Laura Reed and titled "Faith Not Fear". I watched the video and listened to the song and after it finished there was something very captivating about the beats and the words. There was something very special about Laura Reed and her style. In fact it was that gravitating effect that has made me watch the video numerous times and ask around for the lyrics of the song. I feel that this is going to be the video that we are going to look back to when Laura Reed becomes one of the superstars of the music industry. She has the beauty, charisma, style, voice and the authenticity of who she is , as it comes out through her music. ”
“Throughout, her inspiring message is the same: you can realize your full potential if you dispense with your fears and "count your blessings in spite of it all." Sometimes these types of songs are too cliché for my tastes, but Ms. Reed gets it right. Faith and fear may have brought Laura here, but her walk through the darkness helped us see her light.”
“All of the elements of this project are beginning to come together for me. Influences from soul, hip hip, R&B, and Latin all form a homogeneous mixture that could stimulate the hearts, minds, and ears of virtually any listener. At this juncture Shannon explains to me that one of the biggest aspects of the album is that the songs stand up without the track. Shannon sits down at the Wurlitzer to demonstrate and starts plugging on “Thank You” as Laura comes in next to me on the couch filling the room with her robust, yet silky, smooth voice. They transition through “Bomb Shelter” and “Faith Not Fear” and on and on until it shines as clear as the summer sun that Laura is a force, not only on the track, but also in her own element. Keep your ears open this coming Spring as Laura Reed’s, The Awakening of Laura Reed, is sure to be a musical game-changer for soul, hip hop, R&B and all walks of music. Check out Laura’s website and Facebook page to stay up to date with all of th”