Laura Jean Anderson – Silence Won’t Help Me Now
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Laura Jean Anderson releases her debut single Silence Won’t Help Me Now. When I first heard it, I immediatly thought of Norah Jones’ slightly nasally, jazzy vocal arrangements. The project is a call to action for overcoming emotions. Feel them, and then prevail through action. I simply fell in love with her voice. It’s so pure and natural, giving me a modern-folk vibe.
Laura sent a quote along about the song…
“The song started with how frustrated I felt being told I can’t do what I want as a woman. Once the election happened that feeling of frustration heightened and I felt like my hope dwindled, like I’d never be heard or understood. So I finished the song as an anthem to speak up – a personal pep talk to stand up for the things I believe in.”
She was one of five growing up in Olympia, Washington. There grunge music was king and hippies thrived. Laura Jean was raised strictly Mormon, which was in constant conflict with her art. Music was her first outlet for rebellion. She knew music to be more true than some of the things she learned in her upbringing. She first became a singer in church choirs, then turned to music as her life’s purpose from a dedicated hobby. She was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to study classical voice.
Similar to that of Nina Simone and Janis Joplin, Laura lives the life of a blue collar musician. She currently resides in artist compounds in LA, doing pop-up shows, constantly surrounded by the creative energy of musicians.
If you’re in LA and like what you hear below, she’ll be playing a headline show at the Moroccan Lounge on April 19th. Click HERE for tickets and support the artist.
Listen to Silence Won’t Help Me Now by Laura Jean Anderson below.