Exciting singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, LAURA WOOD began playing guitar and piano as a child in Virginia. She studied Music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, vocal jazz at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, percussion in New York City with Harry Belafonte's percussionist and classical guitar in Belgium. Her professional career as a musician began in Saratoga Springs, NY at Caffe Lena, at the age of 19. LAURA has backed many well- known musicians such as Richie Havens, Country Joe MacDonald, Leah Kunkel (Mama Cass's sister), Joel Zoss (author of Bonnie Raitt songs), Erica Wheeler and The Story. Her numerous CD credits include Pioneer Valley Fast Folk, Terry Kitchen (Rounder Records) and Kerry Powers (Melville Park Records).
LAURA toured with female rock and acoustic artists, June Millington, and Robin Flower (mandolin) and has performed at the Michigan Womyn's Festival and the National Women's Festival. A resident of Northampton, MA, LAURA WOOD performs solo and with her band throughout New England. Her band consists of 6- and 12- string guitar, violin, mandolin, upright bass and percussion. Her first EP CD "Summit House" is a beautiful musical tribute to the historic Summit House located on top of Skinner Mountain in Western MA. The overwhelming response to four sold out concerts resulted in another sold out show at the Iron Horse Music Hall, paving the way for her to move to Boston and continue to sell out shows at Christopher's (now Toad) in Cambridge, MA for the next two years.
In Boston, LAURA has also performed at Passim, Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square and the Hatch Shell and she was sponsored to record on a compilation of Boston women singer-songwriters. LAURA was a featured performer at the WGBH "T" Party at South Station in Boston to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Red Line, America's first subway, and performed her blazing train song "South Station Slide". She was also chosen to perform at the star-studded "For the Love of Life" Benefit at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom in Boston with Governor Dukakis. Shortly thereafter, LAURA was named a finalist in Boston's First Acoustic Underground Competition along with Ellis Paul and Catie Curtis.
LAURA has opened for numerous artists including Melissa Ferrick and Nancy Griffith. In June 1998, she performed with former Dan Fogelberg guitarist and Virgin Recording Artist Tino Gonzales in Paris, France during the World Cup and was chosen as a Lilith Fair Finalist with the trio "AYE". She has showcased at both the 2000 Northeast Folk Alliance Conference in Lake Harmony, PA and the 2000 International Folk Alliance Conference in Cleveland, OH, where she was chosen to be an Indiegrrl Performing Artist and was endorsed by La Bella Guitar Strings. Highlights of her 2000 Summer Concert Tour include the Oprah Winfrey Oxygen Tour and the 2000 Summit House Summer Concert Series. In November 2000, LAURA was chosen to perform in Seattle, WA at the first Rockrgrl Music Conference sponsored by Rockrgrl Magazine which featured Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) and Courtney Love. In January of 2001, LAURA was one of ten artists chosen to form the Indiegrrl Records Cooperative label out of Seattle, WA and now distributed by AllIndie.com. Shortly thereafter she was endorsed as a Takamine Guitar12-string artist. In August of 2001, LAURA was chosen to be GuitarGirls finalist out of hundreds of entries. Her song entitled "I am Your Lover" was also chosen to be on the first GuitarGirls CD compilation out of Skip Saylor's studio in Los Angeles, CA, known for mixing and recording k.d. lang, Madonna, Santana, Michael Jackson, and Elton John.
Currently LAURA is touring to promote her 2nd CD entitled "South Station Slide". Recorded at Signature Sounds, this CD features virtuoso band members Chris Devine of Richie Blackmore's Night (violin, viola, mandolin) and Geoffrey Gee (keyboards). Her CD release at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA was a tremendous success and Holly Figueroa of Indiegrrl Records says "This has to be one of the best Indie releases of 2001!" LAURA WOOD's vocals, songwriting and 6- and 12-string guitar style have been compared to k.d. lang, Leo Kottke, and Joni Mitchell combined with a smooth and powerful sound all her own.
For more information please email Laura.