Laura has been crowned Best Female Vocalist at the BCMAs two years running proving she’s ruling her pop tinged country genre.
It isn’t easy growing up as a Dolly Parton fan in Liverpool, North West England, but that’s exactly what Laura Oakes did. When she had to choose between lots of friends or lots of country music, country music won, and it won by a country mile. Who needs friends anyway when you have Dolly Parton, David Gates, the Dixie Chicks, and a musical family to sing along with? When it’s normal for mealtime conversations to be conducted in three-part harmony, it’s only natural to go through life singing, and it was in her teenage years that Laura really started to apply the gas with her solo performing and writing.
Most kids turning 18 want a party, but all Laura wanted was to visit the Grand Ole Opry and to see if the sights and sounds of Nashville were all she dreamed they would be. Her trip to Music City proved to be an over-whelming experience and confirmed for her that writing and singing country music was all she wanted to do.
After spending her teenage years writing songs, performing anywhere and everywhere, annoying her neighbours a bit, and then annoying her neighbours even more, she recorded and self-released her first single ‘Don’t Let It Hit Ya’ in September 2013 and landed in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Chart. Her second single ‘Snakes and Ladders’ followed in 2014 with similar success.
Since then, Laura has enjoyed live dates at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals and stages including C2C: Country 2 Country and BluesFest, both at the 02 Arena – London and Time Out Presents: Rising Stars of Country at The Jazz Café – Camden, as well as support slots for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and US, including Andrew Combs, The Shires, Colm Mac Com Iomaire (The Frames) and Ward Thomas. She released her debut Self-Titled EP to iTunes in the summer of 2015 receiving great support from BBC radio right across the UK including support from taste makers Bob Harris, Baylen Leonard, Paul Sexton, BBC Introducing and similarly from Digital Radio (Chris Country and Amazing Radio).
Since, Laura has released the hotly acclaimed single ‘Dreamin’’ and has been crowned Best Female Vocalist at the BCMAs two years running proving she’s ruling her pop tinged country genre.
Laura is now making friends aplenty as she establishes herself on the UK Country Music scene, and she is currently writing and recording new material to unleash on her growing army of fans in 2018.
At Eroica Britannia we're all about cycling! Can you tell us about the first bike you owned?
It took me ages to learn how to ride a bike. The first bike I owned was a pink 'My Little Pony' with pom poms and stabilisers, but I didn't get very far with that! It wasn't until my cousin was getting rid of his bike that I learnt to ride properly at the age of 7.
Can you tell us about a memorable bike ride or cycling related story?
My earliest bike memory is being on my 'My Little Pony' bike and cycling miles ahead of my Dad. I got faster and faster downhill until I was travelling at full speed with my Dad running behind me. He managed to stop me by grabbing hold of my hood.
What are your top 3 festival essentials that you always pack?
My Eye mask as it allows me to block out the sunlight for just a bit longer and catch some much needed shut eye! My portable phone charger which I can't go without it and plenty of suncream. I am a redhead after all!
Your soundtrack of the summer?
Classic 90s pop! S Club 7, B*witched, Eternal, East 17, Backstreet Boys and a bit of Christina Milian for good measure!
What’s your greatest adventure to date?
It would have to be going to Nashville for my 18th birthday. I went with my Uncle and whilst I was there I fully immersed myself in country music by going to gigs and worshipping significant historical points of interest.
You'rE enjoying a picnic on a summer's day what favourites are in your picnic box?
Party Rings, Strawberries and Prosecco.
Eroica Britannia are known for their stylish customers who are your style icons?
I would have to say Dolly Parton and also anyone who likes to have fun with what they're wearing on stage!
Favourite ice-cream flavour and topping?
I've only recently taken to Ice Cream and was converted by no other than Bakewell Tart flavour! Thanks to the lovely people of Bakewell.
Favourite thing that gets you excited for summer?
When the clocks go forward. It's officially summer and the days are longer.
Favourite summer tipple?
Prosecco (there it is again...)
Any festival rituals before you head on stage?
Apply glitter, lots of it.
If you could ride on the back of anyone's bike who would it be and why?
I doubt Elton John has a bike.... but if he did I'd be there! We'd have all the fun.