Country life inspires young performer’s passion for music
WHEN she’s not studying at Melbourne University for a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Laura Byrne is taking part in her passion of performing country/folk music and is part of this year’s Elmore Field Days live entertainment line-up.
At just 18 years of age, Laura is a CMAA Academy Of Country Music graduate and has already released a self-titled debut EP.
The EP features co-writes with some of Australian country music’s finest including Alan Caswell, Drew McAlister and Brianna Lee, while the music was bought to life by producer Simon Johnson and his team of musicians Vaughan Jones, Glen Hannah, Pete Drummond and Dave Ristrim.
Music has been a part of family life for Laura who grew up singing with her cousins and grandparents.
Spending her childhood on the family farm in northern Victoria has given Laura a passion for all things country which can be heard through her songs.
Laura spent her childhood in and out of hospital with serve allergies including eczema, asthma and ear infections.
These infections lead to hearing complications, which caused her to be deaf and created speech problems.
After two operations Laura’s hearing improved and is now free from difficulties most of the time.
This is where singing lessons helped Laura to boost her confidence and speech as well as her love of music.
Laura’s classical training opened many doors for her including 13 musical theatre productions, four of them in the lead role.
Over the years, Laura has received two Georgie Award nominations from the Goulburn Valley Theatre Awards.
SONG BIRD: Growing up in northern Victoria has given Laura Byrne a passion for all things country which can be heard through her songs.