Laura Madonna Murray
Laura Madonna Murray holds a Masters degree in music and has remarkably brought Classical art music out of the concert hall by creatively pairing segments with folk/rock favourites: “When she takes her seat in front of the piano, one never knows what to expect.” – Andrew Robinson, The Compass. Her worldly travels and international performances often serve as a basis for her original songs; it’s also how she became known as the ‘Traveling Piano Playing Yogi.’ Murray’s one-woman-show is engaging and powerful. She entertains with a distinct voice, technical command of the keyboard, and charming wit. By interpreting songs of jazz, classical, folk, rock, pop, singer-songwriter, soul, and blues genres, Laura Madonna Murray shatters stylistic boundaries. Her sound and presence have been compared to Carole King, Annie Lennox, and Janis Jopin; Laura cites her inspirations and influences as Nina Simone, Fats Waller, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Amelia Curran, Ben Caplan… and, of course, Beethoven and Chopin. Her music has had multiple broadcasts on the CBC, Eastlink TV, BellTV, ECMA Radio, and several other stations across Eastern Canada, and her passion for pianos has most recently caught the attention of filmmaker Ivy C. Lin, from Portland, Oregon. Lin’s multi-episode project, ‘Clavier Chronicles’, will feature the Newfoundland native in her St. John’s home with her antique piano (due for release in Fall 2017). Female Artist of the Year nominee and MusicNL Awards Gala performer, Laura Madonna Murray, is growing her audience base as an unconventional performer with palpable soul. Her debut album, Solo/So High, nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year by MusicNL, is available internationally.