Laura Jansen announces debut UK single2 May 2013
‘Elba marries melodic, ethereal piano-pop and beat-driven production with Jansen’s striking vocal, arriving at a sound somewhere between Kate Bush and Regina Spektor’ Record of The Day‘
‘Golden’ is the debut UK single from acclaimed Dutch-American singer-songwriter Laura Jansen, released June 17th on Decca. ‘Golden’ is taken from Jansen’s new album ‘Elba’ (also released June 17th), which was recorded in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles with producer Matt Hales – fresh from co-writing and producing Lianne La Havas’s Mercury nominated debut album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’. The album features duets with Keane’s Tom Chaplin and Ed Harcourt, plus an inspired mash-up of Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ and Fine Young Cannibals’ ‘Johnny Come Home.’
Its title taken from the Mediterranean island where Napoleon was exiled, ‘Elba’ is Jansen’s second album, her first ‘Bells’ was a released in the US and mainland Europe in 2009. ‘Bells’ included a spine-tingling cover of Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, which spent 6 months in the Dutch top 25 and has had 9 million views on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBzcOUOY5YY).
Born in Breda, Holland, to a Dutch father and an American mother, Laura Jansen began playing piano at age five while her family lived in Brussels, followed by Zurich and Connecticut. After spending two years at a music conservatory in Holland, Jansen transferred to Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music with a scholarship.
After graduating, Jansen moved to the west coast and became a fixture at fixture at Los Angeles’ creative musical haven The Hotel Café. In 2008, Jansen spent six weeks on the road singing back-up vocals and playing piano, as well as opening for Joshua Radin, followed by a slot on the national Hotel Café Tour alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata, before signing to Universal in 2009.
www.laurajansen.com / @LauraJansen