Laura Ranieri
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Laura Ranieri

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A Little of That - EP 2002
Southbound -- album 2005



For the last five years, Toronto singer-songwriter Laura Ranieri has been bringing her powerful voice, intelligent lyrics and unique pop country rock style to stages in both Toronto and Nashville.

Back in 2002, Laura, already a writer and accomplished classical stage and TV actress, made her first foray into the folk rock music world with her debut 6-song EP "a little of that". With little promotion, songs like Magic, Simon and Lifetime found their way into the top 10 Toronto mp3 pop/rock charts that same spring and Easier that Way went all the way to #1 on Toronto's mp3 blues chart. Throughout 2002 she wrote, played and gainedunexpected publisher interest during trips to Nashville and Boston (where she studied guitar and songwriting at Berklee). Her “C’est What” Toronto EP Release party in July 2002 was a sell out.

2003 through 2005 she honed her songwriting skills, formed her Band Reason and expanded her reputation and fan base playing venues from Free Times, Holy Joe’s, 3rd Floor Riley’s. Hugh’s Room and Girl’s with Guitars at C'est What in Toronto to the French Quarter and Broken Spoke in Nashville Tennessee. She also formed collaborative partnerships with other strong Toronto and Nashville-based singer-songwriters.

Her background is diverse. A University of Toronto English/Drama grad, she wrote lively tongue-in-cheek for musicals and revues on and off campus. Winner of several performance and academic scholarships,she also took on a myriad of leading roles in classical plays and later hosted a TV travel show. As well, she was a member of the offbeat comedy troupe The Six Flying Hamsters, whose sketches and satirical songs aired on CBC radio – and who did a comedy pilot for FOX TV. Laura has also written musical numbers for Second City and other comedy productions

In 2005 she released Southbound, a country/pop album that falls somewhere in between Sheryl Crow and Wynona … but with Ranieri’s unique folk-rock country style. It has already garnered publishing interest… and rave online reviews.

Most recently she played large festivals in her home town: Toronto's Winterfolk and City Roots... Her new demos reflect her great new collaboration with producer Brian Gagnon.
She is planning a month in Nashville this August to write and play.