about Laura Ainsworth
Laura Ainsworth is a second-generation musical prodigy. Her late father, Bill Ainsworth, was a renowned sax/clarinet player and arranger who was backing Frank Sinatra at just 17. As a young girl, Laura watched enraptured as her dad accompanied such idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Marilyn McCoo. Laura grew up worshiping the great jazz, big band and club singers like Ella, Keely Smith, Doris Day, Margaret Whiting and Rosemary Clooney, as well as comedienne/singers Madeline Kahn, Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore. As co-owner of her own radio service, the Comedy Wire, she has created humorous songs heard on top radio shows worldwide, but her critically-acclaimed debut CD, "Keep It To Yourself," finally introduces her talent and name to the world at large. A music historian, she loves to bring fresh new twists to old songs, both standards and obscurities.
"Keep It To Yourself," produced and arranged by jazz piano genius Brian Piper, spotlights Laura's lush, warm, nearly three-octave voice, surrounded by some of the greatest jazz musicians in Texas in a delightful genre- and era-skipping collection of songs from the 1920s to today. The hilariously seductive title tune is already being played on radio stations worldwide, and striking a chord with women as the perfect female revenge fantasy in this era of famous cheating men. Guest artists include violinist Milo Deering of the hot jazz/bluegrass fusion group Beatlegras, adding a Stephane Grappelli-like touch to a swinging "La Vie En Rose;" and jazz guiltarist Chris Derose, a favorite accompanist of Michael Feinstein and Willie Nelson, dueting with Laura on a stripped-down, recorded live-in-one-take version of the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer classic "Skylark."
The album is receiving multi-track radio play worldwide and has appeared on JazzWeek's Top Radio Airplay chart and been spotlighted on AllAboutJazz.com, BluesJazzRadio.com and Public Radio Exchange's "The Blues & Beyond." Critics have hailed it as "sublime," "transcendent," "spectacular," "a unique gem," and "the very portrait of West Coast cool." Jazz Inside magazine raved that you can keep all those pop divas like Beyonce and Mariah, "the only one for me is Laura Ainsworth." And jazz historian Jim Compton-Schmidt of KFSR-FM, Fresno, declared, "She has the best voice for singing Irving Berlin that I've ever heard, at least in this century." Fans who join her email list at www.lauraainsworth.com can decide for themselves: they receive a free MP3 of Berlin's "You'd Be Surprised," a non-CD bonus track, just for signing up.
"Keep It To Yourself" is available at CDBaby.com, iTunes and other download sites. It can also be ordered by any brick-and-mortar store. Links are at http://www.lauraainsworth.com
Laura also creates and performs her own fully-realized, live musical shows that have become known for her gorgeous voice, her unique sense of humor and her trademark elbow-length satin gloves and beaded gowns that would fill Julie London with envy. She ushers audiences into her own enchanting world, a cocktail mix that recreates the elegant retro style of nightclub shows of the ‘30s and ‘40s, but with a sophisticated modern musical sheen and just a twist of flirtatiously naughty humor. It’s an intoxicating blend that has attracted some of the top jazz players in Texas to her side, including longtime partner Brian Piper, one of the most sought-after pianists/producers in the Southwest.
Laura lives with her husband and 16 rescued parrots in a personally-restored Fabulous Fifties house that in a twist of fate was once her childhood home, where she used to watch her dad rehearse and write intricate big band arrangements on the kitchen table.
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