• The Hull Story •
With influences ranging from Rosemary Clooney and Carmen McRae to Patsy Cline and k.d. Lang, Laura Hull delivers an extraordinary combination of rich, sultry, and expressive vocals with music drawn from an extensive repertoire of American popular songs, jazz standards, and her original compositions.
A native of New York City, Laura took the first steps of her musical journey at the age of seven when she appeared in an all-girls summer camp production of The King and I. Through her formative years, the road led her to the resorts of upstate New York's fabled Catskill Mountains, where she learned to sing in a variety of genres and styles. She spent time as a versatile session and jingle singer and showcased her singing at clubs in and around New York City After a 24-year hiatus from music to pursue a business career, Laura returned to live performance in 2004. In her many performances since, she has emerged as a melodic jazz singer with a real feel for the Great American Songbook.Show more
Back in 2006, Laura recorded and executive produced Hullabaloo, her debut CD of original music, which garnered several songwriting awards and received major radio play around the U.S. Her original tunes reflect her diverse musical interests and run the gamut from swing to well-crafted ballads and Bossa nova rhythms. Her music is licensed and played in both domestic and international markets.
In 2009, the strong success of Hullabaloo continued on the same high level with the release of Take Me Home. Noted jazz critic and author Scott Yanow wrote:
"Laura Hull pays tribute to ten standards by adding subtle creativity, a real feel for the lyrics, and swing. Throughout this very pleasing set, she inhabits the songs and serves them well. All of the individual composers would be pleased with her tasteful treatments, as will listeners who enjoy superior material and classy singing."
Her latest CD release, Supper Club, was recorded live over two nights in the summer of 2009. The Jazz Gems are a group of NYC-area jazz all-stars comprised of Patrick Firth and Ted Brancato on piano, Steve LaSpina and Saadi Zain on bass, Tony Jefferson on drums, and Lenny Argese on guitar. Joe Lang, critic for Compact Views, NJ Jazz Society, wrote, "Laura is superb throughout, and Lenny, well, his contributions are magical." Shortly after the recording was made, co-producer Lenny Argese passed away. This recording was released in his memory and all proceeds are directed to a jazz studies scholarship in his name.
Laura performs at a variety of venues, and for corporate and private events. She has earned a variety of songwriting awards and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. Laura is also a producer, entertainment consultant, speaker, vocal coach, event planner, and a freelance columnist on the topic of vocal jazz.Show less
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Hullabaloo marked Laura's debut as a songwriter, and three of her tunes won awards.
Spin I'm In, Spell Remains, and Without A Word won Honorable Mention Awards in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.
"...our congratulations on your songs' success by placing in the honorable mention category. This is quite an accomplishment considering the quality of this year's entries. You are obviously writing at a high level. We strongly recommend you enter the contest again."
— Mark Furnas, Director, Billboard
World Song Contest
"Only the highest quality songs make it to the top.This honor represents the talent and dedication it takes to write a 'Hit Song.''
— Jim Halsey, President, Billboard World Song Contest.Show less
Take Me Home, Laura's CD of jazz standards was chosen Winner: Female Jazz Debut CD of 2008, by cabaret writer/reviewer John Hoglund, for Cabaret Hotline Online's CDs for the Holidays showcase event.