Singer-songwriter Laura Rae is at it again, seeing success with two recent award nominations after beginning to release her music to the public last year.

The first nomination is for an award which is local to Halifax. “The Coast’s Best of Halifax is the city’s longest running Readers’ Choice awards where readers get to give an authoritative stamp of approval,” reads the description on the news organization’s website. Laura resides in Halifax, but she grew up in North Grenville and maintains local roots. The nomination for The Coast award is for the Best Folk Artist category. “Voters are asked to vote for multiple categories in order for their votes to be counted,” said Laura. “If they vote for only one category, the algorithm that exists will remove the single votes.”

Since readers who wish to support Laura with a vote will need to register votes for the other categories as well, Laura has provided Times readers with her picks of local artists to consider voting for in the other categories. These are: country artist – Brooklyn Blackmore, hip hop artist – Wave Lord, new artist – Pillow Fite, podcast – Mike & Kristen, pop artist – Good Dear Good, punk artist – Cluttered, rock artist – The Town Heroes, solo artist – Jade Bennett, visual artist – Anisa Francoeur, and blues artist – Campbell & Johnson or Al Snow. Voting for this contest ends on September 18, and can be completed online at

The other award for which Laura was nominated is also local to the east coast. She was nominated for New Artist Recording of the Year by the Music Nova Scotia Awards. This nomination is for Laura’s song called “Didn’t Know”, which was released in August of 2021. “Voting is done by Music Nova Scotia membership, and the award will be presented at Nova Scotia Music Week, which is November 3 to 6 in Sydney, NS this year,” said Laura. “It honestly feels so surreal to be nominated for two music awards in the first year that I am releasing music! I can’t thank everyone who has supported me through this first year of artistry enough.”

Laura has written and released several songs in the past year, including “Didn’t Know”, “You”, “Glimpses of Ghosts”, and “Pillow Lines”. She has seen much success and positive feedback regarding her music, and these most recent award nominations are icing on the cake. More about Laura and her music can be learned at


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