American retro jazz diva Laura Ainsworth specializes in giving Great American Songbook era songs a brand new lease on life. “Goldfinger,” the James Bond film classic, received a drastic reworking on Laura’s fourth album, You Asked For It, along with a brilliant lyric video that plays like a 1940s film noir movie.
Her latest studio album You Asked For It has already enjoyed brisk sales in Japan on the popular mini-LP CD format. The album features familiar songs requested by her fans, with her backup band recorded live in the studio in a late-night jam session style.
Laura has three prior studio albums to her credit, entitled Keep It To Yourself (2011), Necessary Evil (2013) and New Vintage (2017). In 2019, her 180-gram vinyl “best of” album Top Shelf (2017) received a favorable review in Japan’s Jazz Life magazine, which led to Japanese record chain Disk Union picking up the album for distribution. Japanese distributor Ratspack Records reissued Top Shelf as an expanded mini-LP CD in September 2021. Her entire catalog has received warm, vinyl-like remastering from Grammy®-nominated engineer Jessica Thompson (Erroll Garner).
Laura’s performances have earned her critical acclaim and industry honors throughout the world. She has been featured in periodicals such as Down Beat, Broadway World, Jazz Critique, and CD Journal. Her appearance in two best-selling international compilations led to a successful tour of India and Dubai. In 2018, she was the recipient of an unprecedented three-award sweep of the AMG Heritage Awards for Female Vocalist, Album and Video of the Year. She has also won three Global Music Awards bronze medals, two 2018 Clouzine International Music Awards, and five 2017 Josie Music Awards nominations.