We are proud to announce that the Artist of the Week for October 6th is Laura McCormick. Her debut album titled Box Full of Trouble will be released on Tuesday, October 7th.
This country-rock vocalist and songwriter currently has a single out called “Feel the Fire” with a blazing video to accompany it. The song is very moody and vibey with a bassline that reminds me of Fleetwood Mac. The instrumentation builds up to the chorus and enables Laura McCormick‘s voice soar throughout the song. Watch the video here:
The entire album has reminiscences of 70’s California Country, a sub-genre of Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles and of course Fleetwood Mac. I love this about Laura McCormick‘s sound! But don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t sound dated, it would be a refreshing change for country radio.
She has been kind enough to answer some questions for RockMeetsCountry.com
Of course, we always start out by asking:
What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Definitely a BLT with extra crunchy bacon!
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis! I’m a Beatles fan for sure but Elvis will always the “the King” in my eyes. I’ve been drawn to his deep, soulful voice since I was a little girl. His style is such a diverse combination of musical influences, as is mine. He pushed the envelope and challenged the social barriers of his time while still remaining a class act human being. He was strong enough to be different at a time when being different was scary!
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
Well my debut album “Box Full of Trouble” came out today October 7th so that’s exciting!! My music video for “Feel the Fire” is creating a buzz on ZUUS country and GAC.com, and I have 2 more videos that will come out over the next few months. Other than that, right now I’m focusing on getting out and playing live. I’ll start focusing on my second album towards the end of the year.
Is there anyone that inspires you or who gave great advice?
I am inspired by many people and have received lots of advice along the way. However, the most important, encouraging words have been to always be myself and not change because I am different and being different is a gift.
Lyrics to live by?
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
Every word, every line, every phrase perfectly expresses what I hope to get out of life.
What sets you apart from the rest?
I am different vocally, musically, and physically. Vocally, so I’ve been told, I have a very unique tone and style. Musically, I am a combination of many different genres and influences. When I write/sing/produce a song, I do not try to put it into a specific “box”. To me that takes the feeling, life, and emotion out of the song. The whole reason I write is for personal healing, inspiration, and growth, that in return will hopefully resonate and do the same for others through my music. Physically, I’m tall, raven haired, extremely fair skinned, and curvy with an obsession for red lipstick 🙂
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Right now the Cadillac Three, such a talented trio of guys. In my opinion, they are the ultimate combination of country, rock, and BAD ASS!!
How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
This is a really hard question to answer. Personally, I hope to see a revival of that classic rock, bluesy, soulful sound being infused with country music. Granted, that’s the kind of music I’m bringing to the table. Regardless, in 10 years I hope to be thriving right smack dab in the middle of it!
How has Stevie Nicks inspired you?
As a woman, she portrays such a strong presence. She is beautiful and timeless, yet mysterious. These are qualities as a woman I hope to exhibit. As an artist, her music exudes the same character. Her lyrics are honest and enchanting backed up by haunting melodies, and to me that’s a powerful combination. She’s managed to keep her music interesting and edgy through the decades. How could I not be inspired by her? She’s captivating!
When writing songs where do you find your inspiration?
All of my songs are inspired by either my own personal crazy relationships, or my observations of those closest to me and their crazy relationships. On that note, like Hunter Hayes says, “crazy” can be a good thing!
What do you consider to be your first big break in your career so far?
Still waiting on one!
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I actually don’t play any instruments. I’m slowly learning to play guitar. I wish I could play well now simply because it would make writing that much easier. I gets a little difficult trying to hum the music in my head to someone else and expecting them to immediately get it. I’d also like to play the harmonica because I think it would be cool for a chick singer to unexpectedly break out into a harmonica solo in the middle of a song. J
Don’t forget to check out the new album Box Full of Trouble by Laura McCormick available NOW!