Laura Simone is a Singer / Songwriter / TV host based in Melbourne, Australia. Stay tuned as she is currently working on final production of her new album.
At the age of 5, I commenced piano classes at Yamaha Music School and went on to complete 10 years of Classical Piano training. This formal training was instrumental in the development of my reading and writing skills. At the age of 6, I took up dance classes (jazz, ballet and tap) and spent the next 7 years performing in dance productions and various local competitions. I also dabbled in acting from a young age, appearing in Neighbours, Sit Down Shut Up and Stingers to name a few. This extended to some minor roles in a number of television commercials and documentaries.
Subsequent to all of this, and in my attempt to become an all-rounded performer, I took up vocal tuition. It was with a microphone in hand that I discovered where my true passion lay. My scholastic years were filled with musical studies and performances. I completed a tertiary degree in Music and subsequent to that a post-graduate Diploma of Education majoring in Music.
From the age of 15, I was contracted to an all girl pop band called NVS. This was to be my introduction to the writing and recording industry and carved my development as an artist. Over the next couple of years I worked in a variety of corporate gigs around the country and also travelled to Las Vegas aged 18 to perform in a production at the Star Dust Casino.
In 2005, I audition for Australian Idol as a means of breaking into the music industry and successfully reached the top 10 finalists. I had the opportunity to perform to millions of viewers each week on National TV and in front of 20,000 people at the Finale at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2006, I signed to an independent record label Inn Records and released my first single ‘Ti Amo’, a classic tune which went to number 1 around the world in the late 70’s early 80’s. I chose the song because it was a favourite in my household when I was growing up. In my version I wanted to give it a more contemporary sound that was driven by powerful vocals.