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ERIN DINKLENBURG
Staff writer
Article Date: October 11, 2006

Stone describes her album as “folky-pop” and credits her real life experiences with inspiring her to write her debut album “Love”.
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater junior Laura Stone has turned her poetry into music and has released a debut album.
“I would describe my music as folky-pop,” said Stone.
The debut album, titled “Love”, consists of nine original songs and a cover song of the hit “Roots Rock Reggae” by Bob Marley.
Inspiration for Stone comes from life experiences and what has learned – so far – about life.
“My songs are about life lessons and are a form of therapy for me. They remind me of what I learned in life… [The songs] are lessons to focus more on quality than quantity,” said Stone.
For example, the song “Circle” is about the fact that we are all a part of each other and we need to learn to love one another, and the song “I Love You” is about how you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.
“My favorite song [off the album] is ‘I Love You’,” senior Mandy O’Connell said.
Currently, Stone is in the process of writing songs for a children’s album in which she is collaborating with drummer Nicolle “NikkiStix” Beckman.
“Nikki and I both wanted to work together on an album and a children’s album made sense because we both have kids,” said Stone.
Stone has played at various large and small venues including Summerfest 2005 and 2006 in Milwaukee, Hogs and Kisses Music Club in Lake Geneva, has opened for Michael Glabicki founder and front man of Rusted Root at Big E’s Beach Club in Edgerton and has opened for Cosmic Railroad at the Armory here in Whitewater.
“[Stone is] so unique… [You] just can’t nail her down yet,” said Beckman.
Stone plans to receive her BA in Multimedia Digital Arts and Music in 2008 and she currently resides in Lake Geneva with her husband and 6-year-daughter.
In February, Stone will be performing at the Harmony Café in Appleton. For more information go to her Web site www.stonethepoet.com or on MySpace in the music directory.
- Royal Purple


Ashley Vincent
Staff Writer
Article Date: March 21, 2007

“Why would you want to make up your own songs when you can have the masters under your fingers?”
A teacher of the early 20th century said these discouraging words to Joni Mitchell, the future writer of the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” Grammy winner, and 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Laura Stone, multimedia digital arts major, hoped to empower women musicians and composers through her free educational multimedia show on Friday in the Light Recital Hall. Each of the 10 musicians performed a piece composed by an influential female composer. One piece even dated back to the 12th century.
“There are women in music history that we don’t hear about because women weren’t accepted as musicians,” Stone said.
With the slide show and the 20-page supplemental packet, everyone learned something.
“It was amazing to see so many women combine different talents … and empower their own music,” Alex Lopez, music education major, said.
Stone, the nine other performers, and the composers they chose to honor, are examples of women who refused to listen to the teacher that told them to be bystanders of history.
- Royal purple


Discography

full-length album: "Love" - Stone the Poet (2006)
Interstate Music Spring 2004 compilation
featured tracks on WMSE 91.7 fm The Edge

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Sense serenity
The road is peace
Open mind
Now is the time
Enlightenment

Transcend diversity
Happiness is harmony
Energy flows

Positive vibrations
Optimistic views
Equality for all
To be

Stone the Poet has played various venues including Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI Machine Records Tue. Night Music Club and opening for Michael Glabicki founder and frontman of Rusted Root November 2005 at Big E’s Beach Club in Edgerton, Wi.