Laura Mann and Friends

She has gathered a fan base that have been privileged to hear her at many of the venues in the area as a solo artist and with many of Philadelphia's finest musicians which have backed her. In the early days of her career, she was managed by Bill Eib and notable singer/songwriter Robert Hazard who wrote Cyndi Lauper's mega hit, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." Laura formed her own band, Laura and the Lifeboys, and was soon seen as a solo finalist on "Star Search", the precursor of today's "American Idol". As her writing and performing continued to blossom, she was invited to share the stage as opening act for some of music's finest artists such as Warren Zevon, Al Stewart, Dave Mason, Livingston Taylor, Steve Forbert, John Wesley Harding, Bobby Caldwell, Kenny Rankin and Ronnie Spector. Laura was produced by the phenomenal Vernon Reid (guitar player for Living Colour) who also contributed his chops to her recording. Many colleges throughout the Northeastern United States have hosted Laura for concert performances. She was seen in a showcase at SXSW, and also contributed to the "Concert for Peace" with a performance in Luzerne, Switzerland. Philly area WXPN radio personality Gene Shay and WMMR's Cyndy Drue both hosted Laura for live radio performances and interviews, and she was a featured performer on the internationally syndicated music radio program "Mountain Stage", which aired on Philadelphia's WXPN as well as many radio stations around the country. Her song writing collaborations include songs written with some of the industry's most successful writers, such as Eric Bazilian (Joan Osborne's "What If God Was One Of Us"), Scot Sax (Co-writer of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's multi-platinum, Grammy winning hit duet "Like We Never Loved At All"), Mitch Goldfarb, and Lowen and Navarro (Pat Benatar's "We Belong") and Simon Townshend. Her relationship with Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro also inspired her to organize a benefit for ALS at Ardmore, PA's music hotspot Milkboy Coffee House and Recording Studio in support of Eric, who was diagnosed with ALS just a few years ago. Laura's latest musical effort (due for release in 2010) is a full-length album, titled: "Bow Tie And Rose Tattoo", which includes co-writes with Lowen and Navarro, Dan Navarro, Steve Junker and Charlton Pettus. The EP was produced in Los Angeles by producer Charlton Pettus who has worked with Tears for Fears, Hilary Duff, Clay Aiken, Taylor Dane, and soundtracks for Disney. The album includes a variety of songs which will leave every listener wanting more for sure, and asking the question, "Why doesn't the rest of the world know about Laura Mann?"