Who is Laura?
Laura shows her strength as a female band leader and places the voice as a powerful instrument in the musical scene. Her commitment to bringing Colombian Jazz to a wider audience sets her apart as a unique cultural ambassador for a country whose artistic contributions have often been overshadowed by political conflict.
Hers is a clear and expressive voice, lyrics that speak tenderly of life and poetic landscapes. There is no better way to describe Colombian singer Laura Otero. Her curious spirit explores with a diversity of sounds which has led her to perform in different stages around the world.
She has worked hard over the years, tirelessly giving everything she has in creating a sound of her own, a path to express her musical essence and to reflect her colorful soul and complex emotion. Her passion is reflected in the elaborate musical melodies and depth of warm lyrics of her compositions.
In the past decade, Laura has explored her love for Colombian music through her own compositions and intricate arrangements of the traditional repertoire of her country’s music, this time as a solo artist. She has further integrated elements of Bossa Nova, Latin grooves, and other popular genres of South America to her already rich musical language.
Now that she has returned to Colombia, Laura is actively immersed in the Colombian jazz scene. By giving of herself and experiencing this new life and music scene, Laura intends for this phase of her career to be the inspiration for a new album.
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, started her career as a musical theatre performer and was a member of the professional Colombian Company Misi Producciones for more than 23 years. 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 Bachelor of Music at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown, she earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas (2014) on a Fulbright Scholarship. During her time in Denton, Laura was part of the prestigious vocal ensemble UNT Jazz Singers (touring California in 2014), and studied with both Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes, as well as attend and participate in master classes taught by Kurt Elling, John Clayton, Janis Siegel and Jay Clayton among others.
Laura's vocal arrangements (for female ensemble) 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.
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 released her second album From Noche to Night in September of 2015 under the record label Destiny Records.