LOLLAPALOOZA- MEET LAURA WARSHAUER
By Becky Lawrence
Photo Credit, Tola Katas
For those of you interested in the chick rock scene, make sure to check out Laura Warshauer (pronounced WAR-shower) at Lollapalooza this weekend. Press Pass LA recently got the chance to speak with her about her big debut at Lolla, and she could not be more excited.
“It’s a huge honor. It’s always been my favorite festival. One year I stood off stage while The Killers played and I wondered if I could make it to the stage someday,” she explains passionately.
While heavily influenced by the female rock of the 90's, Warshauer calls herself a mix of “Jersey girl swag and L.A. spirit…unique and fresh but also familiar.” Originally from New Jersey, Warshauer currently calls the road her home. The next in a long line of great female singer/songwriters, she lets her simple chords and haunting lyrics run the show. She admits to being influenced by Alanis Morissette and Joan Osbourne, because “…in the actual sound of their voices, I could feel what it was they were trying to convey,” she says.
After a promising debut with Pink Chariot Mixtape, Warshauer was awarded the Songwriters Hall of Fame's inaugural Holly Prize for original songwriting – a prize named for none other than rock pioneer Buddy Holly. She then performed on the 2011 PBS tribute to Buddy Holly, a concert that also included Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin.
Another big moment for Warshauer came in 2011 at the wedding of two of her college buddies, William Wales and Kate Middleton. Warshauer lived in the same dorm as William and Kate during her freshman year at St. Andrews College in Scotland. While she has since lost touch with the royal couple, she wrote them a wedding song, called "To Will and Kate, Meet Me at Exit 109", which was featured on E!'s True Hollywood Story: Kate and Pippa Middleton. She remembers them fondly, emphasizing how they were “always genuine and quite normal.”
Since then, Warshauer has been focusing her attention on “bottling lightening” in her songs. She says “these are great songs and they really come to life in front of crowds of people.” The album is really about “…the moments that each song represents…” and she hopes that the audience can relate to these moments. The themes like love lost and found, and losing yourself are common and traditional, but they are universal, and her delivery is what really makes the difference. What is striking about Warshauer’s work is her ability to remain subdued while still conveying powerful emotions.
Warshauer knows this is only the beginning, and she is ready for the new wave of fans she will garner after her performance at Lollapalooza this weekend. She is truly excited about the opportunity to get her songs out on a national stage, and to see where that takes her. When I spoke with her, she was busy taking in the sights of Chicago, admitting a love for the character of that fair city, and deep dish pizza. She was also looking forward to checking out the Red Hot Chili Peppers, after her performance of course.
For those of you heading out on Saturday, you can catch her on the BMI stage at Noon.
For a full schedule, visit Lollapalooza.
Check out Laura Warshauer Music.