Who is Laura?
Laura Otero, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, has been performing musical theatre for 23 years in the professional Colombian Company Misi Producciones. She has participated in musical productions such as Jesus Christ Super Star, Annie, Oliver, and over 11 original productions, including La Mas Grande Historia Jamás Cantada, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 2012.
After receiving her Bachelors of Music at Pontificia Javeriana University in her hometown, she earned a master degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas on a Fulbright scholarship. Not only was Laura part of the prestigious vocal ensemble UNT Jazz Singers, but she had also had the opportunity to study with both Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes, as well as attend and participate in master classes taught by Kurt Elling, Peter Eldridge, Christoph Adams, Tilmann Denhart, Jay Clayton, Nicolai Meinhold, Claudia Gómez and Lucía Pulido.
In 2011, she released her first album, "Atrás", with guitarist Daniel Pinilla. Together, they have toured several Colombian cities, and in 2012 had the opportunity to perform and promote their music in the U.S.
Laura's vocal arrangements have won important awards in Colombia like Banco de la Republica's "Jóvenes Intérpretes". In 2012, she won a Latino Battle of the Bands in Dallas with her vocal group at UNT (Payawarú), singing her original music and arrangements of traditional and popular Colombian songs. In 2013, she was winner of 3 Downbeat Student Awards for Outstanding Performances in: Original Composition, Vocal Group, and Latin Group.
An experienced studio singer as well, her voice can be heard in many television commercials, on Cartoon Network programs in Latin America, and on backup vocals for other Colombian artists.
She is currently finding her own voice as a composer and solo artist, fusing the rhythms of Colombia with the language of jazz.