L.A. based 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.
In the U.S., Jansen is a fixture in the constellation of artists associated with Los Angeles nightclub The Hotel Café — home to, among others, Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry and Joshua Radin, whom Jansen toured with in 2008 and in 2011. Jansen’s songs were used in various television shows on MTV, ABC, Lifetime, Showtime Networks and Canadian Idol.
Jansen, being half American, half Dutch, was invited to The Netherlands in 2009 for a series of appearances. At the end of a whirlwind week, she was signed to Universal Music in The Netherlands. Debut album Bells went platinum in Jansen’s native Holland and reached a #1 position on iTunes, propelled by a stunning cover of Kings of Leon’s 'Use Somebody', which has spent more than 6 months in the Top 25 on the Dutch singles chart.
Jansen hit the road in Europe in 2010. She sold out both her own headline tours in The Netherlands, after which she toured in Germany, Austria and the UK as fans spread the word. In 2011, Jansen’s debut album ‘Bells’ was released in the US, Asia and the rest of Europe, with successful tours set up on these continents as well. 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.
Jansen’s currently working on her next album, due for release early 2013.