Composer : Singer : Songwriter : Musician
Best known as the improvisational pianist on the hit TV show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, Laura has toured the country doing live improv performances with Drew Carey and the Improv All-Stars. And she's done two successful runs of Whose Line Live on the West End in London.
Along with improviser and author Bob Baker, Laura has written The Improv Comedy Musician, a book that teaches how to do what she does on Whose Line. She draws on her years of experience playing for improv live and on television.
Laura has created Improv Karaoke, designed for song improv, like we do on Whose Line. The two cd set includes a tutorial and demos by some of Laura's favorite improvisers, and then fully produced tracks for improvising your very own songs. Volume 2 has more styles to sing with. It's like karaoke, but you make it up.
Laura and her husband, Rick Hall, travel around the country teaching teach music improv at festivals, colleges and theaters. They especially love helping students realize that music improv doesn't need to be scary, and anyone can do it joyfully and successfully.
Laura is a founding member of the band, The Sweet Potatoes. Their music is a tasty mix of country, Americana and folk, featuring acoustic guitars, accordion, ukulele, harmonica and loads of sweet vocals. Laura and band mate, Kelly Macleod, write most of the music the band performs. Their music has been compared to Linda Rondstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Wailing Jennies and Patty Griffin.
Laura has written music for several indie films, including the score for Slice of Pie, a short comedy written by and starring her husband. She also scored an award winning documentary about female holocaust survivors, Swimming in Auschwitz, as well as the follow up film, After Auschwitz. She also co-wrote music for Look at Me, with Luke Hannington. And, along with Linda Taylor, she wrote music for the romantic comedy, Anatomy of a Breakup, directed by Judy Minor.
Laura has two cds of original faith based music. Her first, A Woman of Faith, is an intimate expression of her faith journey as a woman and a mother. Her second, All in God's Good Time, features stellar guitar work from Linda Taylor, her band mate from Whose Line is it Anyway. Laura performs at churches and conferences around the country.
Laura has two albums of original children's music, I See a Tiger and Come Join the Parade. She also wrote music for the Tell me a Story series of cd's, a collection of timeless folktales from around the world. And she wrote the music for The Wheels on the Bus series of children’s videos, starring Roger Daltrey.