Laura Bryna has just released her new single in the UK and France called Stars Are Falling. Produced by Grammy-winner Damon Sharpe, who has also produced for Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande, the song is rooted in country music with elements of New Wave and Electronica.
The song was released in the US in April and debuted at #19 on the International Digital Radio Chart. In just under three months, the accompanying music video has been viewed on YouTube almost two million times.
Lockdown may have delayed Laura’s plans to release a new album and take it on tour; however, it has not diminished her love of performing and creating music. The chart-topping country star talks about her music, life and lockdown with Fab UK’s features writer, Sue Smart:
When did you first start singing?
I started singing when I was around four years old. My sisters and I would sing and dance to the oldies on our jukebox in our basement.
Do you play any instruments?
I play a little piano and a little guitar. With my schedule, it is always a work in progress.
Do you mostly sing your own songs? Do you write the lyrics and/or the melody?
I do a little of everything. I love music and I am a big fan! We have songs that have charted in Country, Top 40, and now a Top 10 on the Billboard Dance Charts. It’s crazy! We are also going to release a complete album project sometime this year, full of wonderful ballads produced by the legendary Peter Asher (who was also the producer for James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Cher).
Can you describe your creative process?
My creative process often happens when I’m blow-drying my hair (hehe). Clearly I spend a lot of time doing that! But really, it’s my time to think and play. I spend a lot of time in my music room working on vocals and my interpretation of a song.
What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
I decided to pursue a career in music because I love seeing people smile, laugh … feel something. I especially love when people sing my songs back to me. That’s when I feel my dream has come true!
What was your most commanding moment as a singer on stage?
I was asked to sing the US National Anthem in Kuwait during the week of the Fourth of July last year. It was a magical moment! I stepped out on stage and I just stood there. I thought, “If I never get back here, I want to be a sponge and live in this moment for as long as I can.” I love seeing our troops out there in the audience singing every word with me. It definitely was a ‘pinch me’ moment. It makes me cry! I hope I can go back!
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I like an anthem with a little edge, sassiness and a ton of attitude. I also love an emotional ballad – but it’s the up-tempo songs that get people dancing and having fun and I love that! I love a good time!
What is your favourite song to perform? Why?
I love to perform Hometown Heroes. It’s a great anthem to sing-a-long to and it’s for those who love to give back!
Having toured the world with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw, what surprised you the most?
I love how down to earth everyone is and how complimentary they are of each other and their successes. Plus they love to joke around and have a good time, because that’s what music is all about – coming together as one big family! I was blown away and crazy nervous to have a legend like Emmylou Harris stand in the wings of the stage and watch my performance. She was so lovely and so sweet, and she has amazing skin!
How many music videos have you released?
I’ve done about eight professionally, produced videos and several acoustic performance videos. I love jamming with my guys – keyboard player Loren Gold (The Who) and Dane Bryant (Olivia Newton John).
How many singles have you released and what are their titles?
I Don’t Have A Thing To Wear, Make A Wish, Life Is Good, Hometown Heroes, Sweet Revenge and my latest single, Stars Are Falling, to name a few…
Can you tell us about your latest single?
My latest single, Stars Are Falling, is being released in the UK and France as we speak. It debuted at #19 on the International Digital Radio Chart and as a first time artist on that chart, our team has decided to promote the song in the UK and France, and then in Germany soon.
I can’t wait until we can start touring again and I can come over and see everybody. It is so strange and just so sad to not be performing!
Do you have an album due out soon?
We have been planning a release but the pandemic has forced us to delay it until we can tour to promote the project. This has caused such devastation to the entire world and I hope and pray for the safety and health of all of us and for those we have lost. Once this pandemic is over, we will be releasing a full project and getting out to see our fans! I’m so excited and I can’t wait! Yippee Skippee!
Why are you so passionate about working with Make-A-Wish Foundation?
I love these kids! They are our future! And anything I can do to help them, that is what I need to do. They have big dreams too, and I want to see them fulfil those dreams and live their lives to the fullest! There is nothing better than seeing a child’s eyes light up and say: “I want to go to Disney World and see Mickey Mouse and that big white castle!”
What is the one moment you have experienced that altered the trajectory of your life?
Co-writing and recording the song, Make a Wish, changed my life forever! The dream took off! Having volunteered for this wonderful organisation, I met such incredible stars that twinkle so bright. I am forever blessed and honoured to be able to grant wishes for these precious rays of light. These children are so much stronger then I will ever be!
How would you describe your life?
I have a wonderful life. I feel very blessed with family, feathers, friends, and of course, my fans all around me. Knowing that we can make a difference in someone’s life by making their dreams come true – to me – that is what life is all about!
What one thing makes your heart beat the fastest?
When I see someone smile because my song made them feel something!
If you could only ever access three albums, which ones would you choose?
Etta James: Love’s Been Rough On Me
Elvis Presley: Anything!
Wynonna Judd: Wynonna
By Sue Smart, Features Writer