Homecoming queen, Laura Evans joins us for an intimate live show in ffresh at the centre on Friday 19 May.
We caught up with Wales’s representative in Nashville to get to know her a little better. From a disastrous local TV show as a 5 year-old to the Mecca of country music, Laura reflects on a career that’s very much on the up.
To someone who doesn’t know your work, how would you describe what you do?
I would describe my music as soulful country music with a hint of the blues, every song tells a story in a very Nashville country way, coupled with pretty melodies and crisp heartfelt vocals.
What should people expect from your performance?
I always feel that a great artist and show should take you on a journey, and this performance will certainly do that. We’ll be bringing you great grass roots songs, with a hint of pop, heartbreaking ballads and some soulful blues.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career?
There are many artists and songwriters who I have admired for years and have had big impact on me as an artist. One in particular is Lucie Silvas, a New Zealand born country artist. She is someone that inspires me very much and someone who I’m a huge fan of. The Eagles, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Carole King, India Arie… and so many more!
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Performing at the C2C : Country 2 Country festival at the O2 arena, was a big highlight of my year, I was surrounded by so many amazing Nashville artists that I admire and getting to perform on the same stage as them, to 100’s of country music fans was very exciting!
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a performer?
I try not to have too many embarrassing moments these days! Haha! But I sang on a local live TV show when I was just 5 years old and as I was about to start, the speakers blew and made an awful distorted sound, then the mic & keyboard completely went down. So I clicked my fingers and sang the song acapella with no music, pretending everything was fine – but when I got off stage I cried. That was a pretty embarrassing TV debut for a 5 year old.
What’s your most memorable moment on tour?
I think performing at Chepstow Castle last summer was the most memorable moment for me. I’d just returned from Los Angeles and I sang a song about coming home to Wales, and to have 2,000 Welsh people in the audience at a castle sing it back to me, was very moving.
What does Wales/Cardiff mean to you?
Wales will always be my home, my roots, the reason I make music, the reason I am inspired and do what I do. I love travelling far & wide and performing, but there is nothing quite like home and Cardiff is such a wonderful city full of talent and culture that I am so very proud of.
What should we look out for from you in the coming months?
I’m travelling back to America next month to write and play more shows in LA and Nashville, and looking forward to releasing new music and a new EP at the end of the year.