Laura Ainsworth

When Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth (www.lauraainsworth.com)
released her debut album, “Keep It To Yourself” on Eclectus Records, critics raved, “Where has she been hiding?” She laughs, “I’ve been on the radio for years. But nobody mentioned my name!”

Ms Ainsworth was a behind-the-scenes radio pro, creating funny songs heard worldwide through her own service, the Comedy Wire, and now on longtime fan Mike Huckabee’s national show.

But what few DJs knew is that while she was making their listeners laugh, the tall, sexy redhead in the glittery gowns was also reinventing the music she grew up loving as the daughter of late, renowned saxophonist, Billy Ainsworth. That’s come to full flower on her second album, “Necessary Evil,” with a big band featuring 20 of the finest jazz musicians in North Texas.

Ms Ainsworth recalls, “My dad was backing Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey at 17. Much later, as a little girl, I saw him accompany Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. I remember thinking, ‘I want to do that,’ not realizing that by then, virtually nobody was doing that.”

On both her albums, produced by Texas keyboard legend Brian Piper, Ms Ainsworth puts a fresh twist on songs from the 1920’s to Marshall Crenshaw, combining wicked humor with heart-melting balladry. Her cool lounge-jazz style is untouched by “American Idol” oversinging and studio trickery. She combines pure emotion, perfect pitch and effortless control; holding, bending and caressing notes seemingly without end. Reviewers raved about her “satiny, impossibly old-fashioned voice” that recalls Ella, Keely Smith and Julie London, and declared her debut “sublime,” “magic” and “transcendent.”

She was stunned when, with little publicity, “Keep It To Yourself” was hailed from Italy to South Africa and hit the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts. New York’s revered “Jazz Inside” magazine gave her a rave lead review in its “Vocalists” issue. Their critic gushed, “You can keep all those pop divas. The only one for me is Laura Ainsworth.”

Her success has allowed her to pursue her muse further on “Necessary Evil,” coming in June. It will feature a swinging new tribute to her favorite composer, titled “Last Train to Mercerville,” dedicated to her dad. She said, “I like to imagine him smiling down on that session. The music he loved is alive and growing. I’m thrilled to be part of that.”

Her Facebook fan page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Ainsworth/156615122533?fref=ts

Her website is http://www.lauraainsworth.com

Direct link to her CD sale page:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lauraainsworth2

Some of her tracks are here:

“Keep It To Yourself”  http://youtu.be/5qCpkHszWWk

“Skylark”  http://youtu.be/r_8z0FF-e2U

“My Foolish Heart”  http://youtu.be/7xRtQ8dDANs

“While the Music Plays On”  http://youtu.be/ODeXC9u7TaM

“Dream A Little Dream”   http://youtu.be/SFNNUDYDeiM

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