Welsh singer-songwriter Laura Evans joins us today for another round of #whatmadeyoucountry. Born in Aberdare, South Wales, Laura is Nashville-loving, Welsh-rooted and soul-fuelled. Her latest single, Take Me Back Home, is a Music City collaboration with writers Tim Lee Jones and Leroy Powell. About the collaboration, Laura speaks of her excitement about working with Jones and Powell, and how the song came together in a matter of hours.
I love all genres of music but I guess my favourite thing about Country music is the ability to be able to tell a story. Country music has always struck me as honest and that’s my favourite type of songwriting.
The first country song I ever heard was Lying Eyes by The Eagles. This song just intrigued me – the melody, the lyrics… I just became obsessed with it and the story behind it.
I actually travelled to Nashville for the first time back in 2014 and I remember seeing Ashley McBryde at a writers round. I felt like I was in the presence of a country star that night just hearing her sing with an acoustic guitar.
The one artist that inspired me most is Lucie Silvas. I’ve been a long time fan of hers not only her as an artist but also as an amazing songwriter.
If I could only listen to one country album for the next decade, it would be HERO by Maren Morris.
Laura has performed at the C2C ‘Country 2 Country’ music festival at the O2 Arena in London, supported popular UK country act The Shires in concert, and on her last trip to Nashville, played at the famous ‘Bluebird Cafe’. Her EP Running Back To You will be released on 28th August.