BIO

LAURA LAMUN: I loved singing as a child, and I was fortunate to have a Director-Mother who worked in the arts. She gave me performance opportunities starting at the age of 5, and I was making money at it by the time I was eleven. I also had a very supportive Father with this HUGE singing voice you just had to listen to! Singing was something our whole family loved to do together. I started writing songs at 13, collaborating with my Mother on children’s musicals, which won awards and were performed all over the country (coincidentally at the Missoula Children’s Theatre!). I played keyboards and started my first band “The Turbo Three” at 14.

I had the great fortune of attending Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, where I was classically trained and studied with world-class musicians. Interlochen was a mind-blowing, highly creative boarding school where I learned so much about music AND life! Here I sang in my next real band – a punk outfit we called “The New-Faced Drones” – when I wasn’t practicing operatic arias or touring with the Dance Company.

I sang and danced my way through a BFA at Wayne State University in Detroit, where I was heavily influenced by the music scene and a fervent concert-goer. I finished grad school at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where I got my MFA in 1987, and moved to NYC. I made a living for many years singing lead roles in rock musicals from coast-to-coast in the US (Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Luisa in “The Fantasticks” etc). In 1992, I originated a role in the Off-Broadway musical “Beehive – the 60′s Musical” in San Diego, in which I sang The Shangri-Las, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield, Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell for 2 years, reprising the role in 2002 for the 10-year anniversary, and several seasons since.

From 1998 to 2002, I sang in the bluegrass band “Little Laura & the BrewGlass Boys” – fan favorite at RockyGrass Bluegrass festival. I focused a lot at that time on learning to sing improvisational jazz – although it seemed always a little too tame for me – I wanted to wail! I was featured with many bands as a guest singer, opening for acts like Robert Randolph’s Family Band. I had the great honor of opening for my musical idol, Mr.Todd Rundgren at the Boulder Theatre (with Nick and Tom of Devotchka). I appeared on John Hegner’s album “254″ and traveled all over the country singing.

A fated meeting with Dave Allen turned me in the absolute correct direction – TOWARD THE BLUES!! I still have a lot to learn as I spend many more years learning to sing the melody again for the Blues! I co-founded our first blues band with DaveAllen in 2007 called “Little Laura & the Nude Blues Band,” during which some highlights include opening for JJ Grey & Mofro. This band morphed over the years and would set the stage for our current incarnation as the “Allen-Lamun Band.” Recording the latest CD with Dave Allen was a wonderful experience, and we are writing songs now for our next one.

I currently also appear with a Pink Floyd tribute band “Wish You Were Pink” where I sing “The Great Gig in the Sky” and 4 full-album sets each show. And a classic rock band “The Easy Peaces” – famous for our Neil Young and 60′s tribute shows.

In the cozy corners of my free time, I started a body care empire called Little Moon Essentials, which I have powered, guided and nurtured for the last 20 years, and for which I have formulated over 400 natural products. I have authored one book to date, “The Garden of Earth – Volume 1″ and am hard at work at Volume 2 of the series.

My goals now are to sing on the European Blues Festival Circuit and to play onstage with my musical idols.

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