Singer-songwriter and do-it-yourself artist Laura Jansen is the perfect example of an indie success story. Her debut album 'Bells' (2009), an irresistible combination of alternative pop songs with lush arrangements and intimate, intelligent lyrics reflecting the thoughts and hopes of an independent girl alone in the world, reached certified Platinum in The Netherlands and stayed lodged in the Dutch charts for over a year. The album included a stunning cover of Kings of Leon’s 'Use Somebody', which has spent more than 6 months in the Top 40 on the Dutch singles chart.
In 2011 ‘Bells’ was released in the US, Asia and the rest of Europe, with coinciding successful tours on those continents. Jansen performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson with her song 'Wicked World'. She also performed at the famous Pinkpop festival in The Netherlands.
In February 2012, after recovering from two years of touring with a month off at home in Los Angeles, Jansen traveled to London to work on co-writes before returning to Los Angeles to start work with British songwriter-producer Matt Hales (Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith). The result of their collaboration is Elba, a sonically rich collection that remodels Jansen’s dreamy piano-pop sound with elegant, beat-driven production, while retaining the pristine clarity of her voice and emotional resonance of her deeply felt lyrics. Songwriter Ed Harcourt co-wrote and sings on “Call To Arms,” which is about seeing warning signs in a relationship, and Keane’s Tom Chaplin guests on “Same Heart,” originally written as a charity single to raise money for the Red Cross in Holland. The album was released in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and the UK in Spring 2013.
Laura Jansen has also collaborated in a variety of genres and her work with renowned DJ Amin van Buuren led to the 2013 release of their single "Sound of the Drums". Laura subsequently joined Armin van Buuren on his 13 month world tour.
Jansen’s songs were used in various television shows on MTV, ABC, Lifetime, CBS, Showtime Networks and Canadian Idol.
Jansen’s currently working on her next album, due for release late 2015.