by Brandon Mayer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Singer-songwriter Laura Rae, who grew up in North Grenville and currently calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia home, is set to release her newest single this weekend. The song, which is called “You,” is a big change from “Glimpses of Ghosts,” the song which Laura released on October 29. Laura provided an advance copy of “You,” which is an upbeat love song accompanied by guitar, bass, and drums. She describes it as “much more reminiscent of an early Sheryl Crow,” which represents a rediscovery of Laura’s love for early 2000’s rock. The song shows Laura’s penchant for musical variety, and her ability to speak through her music. It will be officially released on March 18, with a follow-up release of an acoustic version on April 1.

While Laura is the sole composer of “You,” she is joined by three other musicians for the recorded performance – Brandon Mooney on electric guitar, Alex Keoughan on bass, and Mark Murphy on drums. In addition to vocals, Laura provides the acoustic guitar accompaniment. As reported in the Times on October 27, Brandon is a South Mountain local, with whom Laura has collaborated in the past. At that time, she credited him with pushing her to record her music and put it out for the public’s enjoyment.

When asked about upcoming live performances, Laura joked, “Well, COVID!” However, with venues opening up in Nova Scotia next week, Laura has already started planning shows, with one already booked at the Good Robot Brewing Company on April 2. She also has some other shows in the works for the spring and summer.

Laura shared a Spotify playlist inspired by “You” which is available for listening for Spotify members. The playlist features another one of Laura’s songs, “Didn’t Know,” as well a selection of similar music from other diverse popular artists such as Sheryl Crow, Jann Arden, and Maren Morris. The playlist is available at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/67t7Uen0fu3vOii1ZPWq40?si=454cdaf3bbd84bf2&nd=1.

More information about Laura and her music can be found at www.laurarae.ca.

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