Laura Evans – State Of Mind
Debut Album “State Of Mind”
Released Friday 1st July 2022
Laura’s highly anticipated debut album State of Mind is slated for release Friday 1st July 2022. The album is available for pre-order from Friday 25th March via https://linktr.ee/Laura_evans.
Yes, we are finally getting a long-awaited album from the Welsh singer songwriter who has had quite an astounding year, after the release of her debut EP in 2020, that saw her truly making her mark on the British music scene. It seems as if it was only the tip of the iceberg for big things to come for the Nashville loving, rootsy rock songstress.
Born and raised in the valleys of South Wales, you may be wondering how this sweet demeanour, 5ft 3, pretty, blonde valleys girl is becoming one of the UK’s most exciting singer songwriters to hit our airwaves since Stevie Nicks. Laura Evans is proving she is so much more than meets the eye with her powerhouse sweet and smoky vocals, perfectly crafted anthemic hit songs that straddle the worlds of rock, blues, and Americana.
In 2020, Laura first burst on to the music scene with the first single from her debut EP. ‘Running Back To You’ which impressively charted straight at number one on the UK blues chart and peaked at 43 on the US blues chart as well as follow up singles ‘Drag Me Back In’ and ‘Solo’ were added to several Spotify and Apple Music playlists including ‘Nu-Blue’ and ‘Blues Drive’ curated by Heidi Shenk, alongside American artists including Larkin Poe and Dave Stewart ‘Very Nearly Nashville’ and Apple Music’s ‘New In Country’ playlist alongside Taylor Swift and Eric Church. The E.P. racked up thousands of streams in the first week of release, resulting in the last single ‘Take Me Back Home’ distributed worldwide by U-NXT c/o Universal Music.
It seemed Laura was an overnight success, on the contrary, this valleys girl has been honing her craft for quite some time and she has finally found and created a sound that is truly breaking through and finding the recognition it deserves. Laura grew up listening to an eclectic mix of music from artists including Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton and more, and even though these influences really shine through on the album there is no doubt Laura with the help of producer Josiah J Manning (Kris Barras Band) has found her own unique sound.
Laura met producer Josiah J Manning (Kris Barras Band) in 2020 at Momentum Studios in Devon and together they have worked and collaborated as team ever since. An accomplished singer songwriter Laura had hundreds of songs to choose for the album and she explains that she had to work incredibly hard and did soul searching to decide which tracks were going to make it on to the album and what direction she wanted to push them in.
“It was important for me, not to sound like everyone else and do what everyone else is doing,” explains Laura. “I’m a storyteller, so lyrics are particularly important to me, I like to think every song on this album has its own story. I love big vocals, big chorus’s, strong melodies and pushing myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to recording vocals, too. I’m also a sucker for a ballad, so I had to check in with myself and pick my favourite ballads sparingly so that the album was well balanced. It was imperative that each song on the album makes you feel something and moves you. I’m staying true to who I am as an artist.”
Josiah J Manning (lead guitarist Kris Barras Band) is not only a profound producer but a talented multi-instrumentalist, he played every instrument on every track on the album.
“It was clear from day one working with Laura that her sweet vocal tone matched with heavy rocking guitars was just a perfect match and a great contrasting combination, says Josiah. “It was a direction she hadn’t explored before. Once we started exploring that, everything just fell into a place. We found a modern sound but still had a vintage feel about it. It’s rocky with a slight edge but perfectly balanced Laura’s voice. The songs are just so good. We had to get the production right to highlight the songs the best way possible.”
I’M ALRIGHT (3.10)
FIRE WITH FIRE (3.02)
STATE OF MIND (3.21)
LET YOU DOWN EASY (3.40)
DRAG ME BACK IN (2.44)
GOOD AT GETTING OVER YOU (4.08)
MESS OF ME (3.47)
‘I’m Alright’ written by Laura Evans, Rich Turner & Josiah J Manning
‘Solo’ written by Laura Evans & Stace James
‘Fire With Fire’ written by Laura Evans & Rich Turner
‘Fool’ written by Laura Evans & Twinnie Lee Moore
‘State of Mind’ written by Laura Evans, Kat Eaton & Nick Atkinson.
‘Let You Down Easy’ written by Laura Evans & Thomas Doeve
‘Drag Me Back In’ written by Laura Evans, Desi Valentine & Nick Gruter
‘Good At Getting Over You’ written by Laura Evans & Josiah J Manning
‘Mess of Me’ written by Laura Evans & Jenn Bostic
‘Gone’ written by Laura Evans & Rich Turner
‘Free’ written by Laura Evans, Rich Turner & Josiah J Manning