Laura Elizabeth Hughes
• #7 on Radio Nova’s The Guestlist show “Irish Songs of 2019”
• The Last Mixed Tapes “Top 50 Songs of 2019”
• Named as one of IrishTimes.com “10 acts to see before they are famous” in 2019
"Great Irish talent… a young woman who is starting to make waves”
John Creedon, RTE Radio 1
"...Hughes can easily make a claim for having that little bit extra... Gentle yet steely, formidable yet tender, Laura's a keeper"
Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times
"Such a beautiful voice, beautiful lyrics...the whole package"
Across The Line, BBC Northern Ireland
“What a beauty. A beautiful hopeful, heartfelt song”
Fiachna O’Braonain, RTE Radio 1
"...enchanting music that [makes] her stand out from the pack with a beguiling vocal and intricate songs. Hughes is without doubt one to watch."
Hopeful and heartfelt, “For You (Home)” showcases a lush balance between soaring power and tenderness, culminating in sweeping piano riffs and Laura's inimitable vocals. It is this unique voice which has seen an ever-growing fan base from across the globe with over 2.6 million views to Laura's YouTube channel, including R&B star Joss Stone who posted the video to “The Dark “ on her own social media.
Last year saw the release of the anthemic “In My Defence”, marking an uplifting new direction while still holding that distinctive sound and heart that the songwriter has become known for. The song earned Laura a coveted place as a cover artist on Spotify’s “A Breath of Fresh Éire” playlist. This was followed up by a collaboration with 1,000 Beasts on “Because of April”, a near six-minute opus blending minimal house sonics with nuanced ambient textures to provide the perfect canvas for Laura’s vocals. September’s “Straight For Tomorrow”, was a return to Hughes folk roots.
On stage, 2019 saw Hughes selling out her Dublin headline show along with playing debut shows in London and New York as well as sharing stages over the past few years with Billie Marten, Irish acts Little Hours and Cry Monster Cry not to mention Hollywood actor Domhnall Gleeson and director Lenny Abrahamson to add to the list along with previous guest performance slots for the likes of Dermot Kennedy and James Bay.
With new music and more shows to be announced for 2020, Laura Elizabeth Hughes is an artist fast establishing herself as a rising talent among a fresh new group of emerging Irish songwriters.