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Laura Roy: Canadian R&B Singer/Songwriter

 Laura Roy was a high school student when she decided to pursue a career in the music industry. While graduating college with a music degree, Laura also attended the Gordie Sampson Songcamp every summer put on in Nova Scotia. It was there that she was able to develop her songwriting skills and have the opportunity to work with such talented people like Rob Wells, Gordie Sampson, and Caitlyn Smith. Laura recently released her self-titled debut album with six tracks inspired by her life and experiences. All six tracks incorporate a unique pop/r&b vibe with lyrics that anyone can relate to. This EP is a perfect expression of Laura Roy’s incredible songwriting and vocal skills.

Is there a certain turning point in your life that helped you decide to pursue a career in music?

I think I was around 16 years old and in high school around the time that everyone starts talking about university and college plans and what they want to do with their lives. I had been writing and performing music for a few years at that point, so music was slowly starting to take a big role in my life. At the time I was between going to university to study Marine Biology or going to college to study music but I knew in my heart there was no real option. Once I made the decision to pursue music in my mind there was no turning back for me.

You were voted “Best R&B Artist” by the Coast Magazine in 2013, why did you choose to play this special kind of music and what is it about r&b that moves you?

I definitely developed a love for soul and r&b music as a pre-teen and it was around that time I was learning to play guitar and write. I just wanted to find some way to incorporate the music that I loved listening to so much into the music I was creating. I don’t know what it is about r&b but its undeniable for me. Anything with soul I love.

How has your four-year attendance to the highly regarded Gordie Sampson Songcamp in Nova Scotia effected your success in the music industry?

This Gordie Sampson Songcamp has done a lot for me in developing my skills as a songwriter and really helped me to connect with people in the songwriting world. Gordie is an extremely respected songwriter so I think when you have someone like that as a mentor, people automatically take a stronger interest in you and are more willing to work with you.

At this camp you wrote with some incredible writers and producers like Rob Wells (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande), and Caitlyn Smith (Lady Antebellum, John Legend) what are some of the things you got to learn from these amazing people?

Every writing camp I go to I always just look at it as an opportunity to test my skills and find people who I work best with. I don’t try to go in looking at everyone’s resume because to me it really doesn’t matter. I will never know how I will vibe with someone until I am in the room with them. But overall, these camps have just helped me to develop my own skills and figure out what my strengths are as a writer.

Since you have shared the stage with artists like Jully Black, Rakim, and Ludacris, what’s the most memorable part of those experiences?

 It’s always just fun to perform in front of a crowd that isn’t super familiar with you or your music. I always take it as an opportunity to win people over and have fun. And of course it’s always amazing sharing the stage with more experienced performers. It teaches me a lot and inspires me.

What Pop/R&B artist do you look up to the most/aspire to be like?

I really don’t know. There are artists I admire for sure but I try to stay focused on who I am as an artists and staying true to the evolution of that.

What’s the inspiration behind your debut self-titled EP?

Just life man, ha. I’m inspired by things I see or experiences I go through and the coolest part for me is having people connect or relate to the lyrics I write.

The fourth track off the EP “Full Moon”, which is my personal favorite, has lyrics that almost anyone can relate to, what is this song about?

That song is about my first and only real serious relationship I was in. After everything was said and done I wanted to write a song that kind of paid tribute to the relationship and saying that no matter what, even though I am not with that person anymore I wanted to value what that love was and reflect on it.

If you could pick your dream venue to perform at where would it be?

I’m not really sure. Right now I would really just love to tour. Touring Europe would be a dream.

Listen to Laura Roy’s debut EP on ITunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/laura-roy-ep/id1111711933

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Deanna Byrne
Deanna is a journalism major with an emphasis in public relations at San Diego State University. Born in New Jersey, she spends her free time record shopping, enjoying the company of her friends, and listening to the inspiring music of Fleetwood Mac. Being the free spirit that Deanna is, she wishes to take part in traveling the world. With her intuitive nature, she loves to communicate on a personal level with people.
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