Portrait of Laura Jean

Laura Jean

Sydney songwriter Laura Jean is revered for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. She has twice been shortlisted for the Aus- tralian Music Prize, and has recorded with Paul Kelly, The Drones, Rolling Blackouts and Grand Salvo. She has toured UK/Europe with Courtney Barnett, Aldous Harding and Jenny Hval, Aus/NZ with Aldous Harding and Marlon Williams, and played Meredith, Dark Mofo, Falls Festival, the National Gallery Of Victoria and Sydney Town Hall.

2018 album Devotion is a stunning artistic about-face from her previous folk-based work. Working with Melbourne producer John Lee, she created an enveloping, deep pop album like nothing she has done before. It has had superlative reviews from Pitch- fork, Gorilla Vs Bear, Noisey, NME and elsewhere, and made it into end of year lists for Spin, Apple Music, Idolator and more. Devotion was nominated for four Age Music Victoria Awards, three AIR Awards and shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. Laura has also acquired some high profile fans such as Lorde and actor Brie Larson.

Devotion took Laura to UK/Europe in November 2018, supporting Courtney Barnett and performing at Sonic City Festival in Belgium, as well as playing headline shows in London and Brussels. She returned to UK/Europe in May 2019 with Aldous Harding.

Laura Jean signed with Chapter Music in 2011, her album A fool who’ll called “an uncompromising triumph” by Rolling Stone. In 2014, Laura recorded her self-titled album in the UK with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Hard- ing), with backing vocals by Norwegian star Jenny Hval.

Laura sings on albums such as Paul Kelly’s Spring and FallFeelin’ Kinda Free by the Drones, Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Grand Salvo’s Sea Glass. She also features on three songs on the new Jenny Hval album The Practise of Love.