Dublin songwriter Laura Elizabeth Hughes' music career has taken her on a journey from modest beginnings performing covers on her own YouTube channel in 2012 to attracting a global audience of over 2.6 million views, swiftly followed by the critically acclaimed self titled debut EP, earning a nomination of Hot Press Most Promising Act in their annual reader awards poll.
Following a short break from music, Hughes returned in 2018 with, “Ceremony”,a four track EP which caught the attention of Grammy winning R&B singer Joss Stone posting the video for lead song “The Dark” on her 1.3 million social media followers. That same summer Laura would co-write Ireland’s Eurovision entry, Together, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Mark Caplice, the country's highest placing entry in 18 years.
The next move was not what anyone expected. “In My Defence” brought a steely upbeat sound which differed from her well known “sad-banger” releases and delivered the cover of Spotify’s coveted “A Breath of Fresh Eire” playlist followed by a collaboration with Cork producer 1,000 Beasts on “Because of April”.
“For You (Home)” and her 2020 single “Pandemonium”, released on the onset of the global pandemic, have been some of her most successful releases showing the writer on an upward trajectory in her career. Supported by many radio stations both in the Republic and Northern Ireland including RTE Radio 1, 2FM, Today FM and BBC Radio Ulster, the former featured in the Top 5 highest played independent releases on North Irish radio in Q1 of 2020 while Pandemonium featured on major playlists such as Spotify’s “New Music Friday UK” & “A Breath of Fresh Éire”, Amazon Music’s “Acoustic Chill” and Deezers “Chill Out”.The build up to the release saw Hughes perform an intimate live show across her Instagram account as part of Culture Ireland's #IrelandPerforms series.
On stage is where Laura feels most at home and truly connects with people. Throughout her time as a performer she has supported acts such as Dermot Kennedy, James Bay, Billie Marten, Little Hours and recently toured with Irish folk duo Cry Monster Cry. Her Ireland Music Week performance in 2019 brought her to the attention of industry delegates from around the globe and led her to be named by IrishTimes.com as one of “10 acts to see before they are famous”.
Hughes latest EP, “We, Myself, I” has been described as her “finest work to date”. The record navigates feelings of grief, of unjust theft of time and potential, of curiosity as to how other people were seemingly rowing through the sh!t that was 2020. They're rough around the edges, much like the writer's mind, but they're soft like she has tried to keep her heart and cut from the same cloth, just like every day seemed to be.
Laura’s inimitable vocals combined with her arresting lyrical ability has seen her earn plaudits from both the media and her peers and establish herself as a songwriting talent.
“With the strength of the vocal delivery, Laura Elizabeth Hughes proves sometimes less is more withthis piano folk-pop wonder.” IndependentMusicNews.com