Laura comes from humble beginnings, raised on a small farm in the Northern California foothills, before going on to become a Grammy® Winner and a Billboard Top Ten Recording Artist. Her music has been featured in many television, film, and advertising spots, including two Emmy winning documentaries.
Her mother began teaching her piano when she was four years old, and she learned to play on her Great Grandmother Etta’s one hundred year old upright piano.
In between helping her parents grow and make all their own food, including bread, cheese, and butter, she composed her first songs in her early teens, and continues on, producing many more musical works.
|Title||Type||Song / Role||Composer/Recording Artist||Recognition/Awards|
|Mystical America||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|Pianoscapes for the Trails of North America||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|Close to Home||Album||Original Performance||Traditional PD / Laura Sullivan|
|Piano Solos||Album||Original Music||Roy Finch / Laura Sullivan||Playlisted - Spotify Editorial|
|Feast of Joy and Love||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|Love's River||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan||Grammy® Award Best New Age Album|
|Calm Within||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan||Billboard Best Seller Chart|
|The Modern Romantic||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|Timeless||Album||Original Performance||Classical PD / Laura Sullivan||Billboard Best Seller Chart|
|Healing||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan||Billboard Best Seller Chart|
|Serenity||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|A Magical Christmas||Album||Original Performance||Traditional PD / Laura Sullivan||Billboard Best Seller Chart|
|Love Is||Album||Hold On||D. Edward / Laura Sullivan||Premier: Magic Johnson's Aspire TV Network|
|Omkara – The Sound of Divine Love||Album||Original Music||Rupam Sarmah / Laura Sullivan|
|Action Moves People United||Album||Hope is In The Air||Bobby Susser / Laura Sullivan||World Peace Project with UNESCO - USFUCA|
|Sounds from the Circle||Collab Album||Original Music||Suzanne Doucet, Producer / Laura Sullivan|
|Angel Blessings||Album||Original Music||Dr. Wayne Dyer / Laura Sullivan||Benefitting Hospice, Produced by Cindy Paulos|
|The Gathering II||Collab Album||Calligraphy||Will Ackerman, Producer / Laura Sullivan|
|Sky Before a Storm||Album||Regen's Song||Gareth Laffely / Laura Sullivan||Billboard Best Seller Chart|
|Grace||Album||Grace Is||Paul Avgerinos / Laura Sullivan||Grammy® Award Best New Age Album|
|Claroscuro||Album||Abrazos Rotos||Juan Francisco Zerpa / Laura Sullivan|
|Peace, Music & Poems||Album||Original Music||Rev. Cindy Paulos / Laura Sullivan|
|Arise Above Abuse||Album||Original Music||Rev. Cindy Paulos / Laura Sullivan||Non-Profit Benefit "Women Helping Women"|
|Sarah & Dr. Brooke Meditations & Mantras, Vol. 1||Album||Original Music||Sarah Fragoso & Dr. Brooke / Laura Sullivan|
|Love & Loss & Stuff Like That||Album||Lullaby (Ambient Version)||Elizabeth Butler/ Laura Sullivan|
|So You Think You Can Dance||TV Show||Clair de Lune||Debussy / Laura Sullivan|
|On the Case With Paula Zahn||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|MTV's Catfish: The TV Show||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|48 Hours||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Under Dog to Wonder Dog||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|The History Channel||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Fit TV||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Angry Planet||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|The Perfect Murder||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Discovery Civilization Channel||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|The Landscape Channel||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Learning Broadcast||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Music Across America||TV Pilot||Hope for the Sun||Stanley Clarke, Producer / Laura Sullivan|
|MTV Tr3s||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|PBS - Teen Kids News||TV Show||Original Underscore||Laura Sullivan|
|Hyundai Advertisement||Advertisement||Dreaming Underwater||Laura Sullivan|
|Flatliners 2 (Sony Pictures)||Feature Film||Clair de Lune||Debussy / Laura Sullivan|
|Wake||Feature Film||Sleepwalking On a Tightrope||Roy Finch / Laura Sullivan|
|Emotions||Feature Film||Original Soundtrack||Laura Sullivan||New York Film and Video Festival|
|The Greatest Silent Sport||Documentary Film||Jumping Fish||Laura Sullivan||Emmy Award (Documentary), Fargo Film Festival|
|Walk Into the Wild: Spirit of Itasca||Documentary Film||Sunrise on Cloud Palace||Laura Sullivan||Emmy Award (Documentary)|
|Valentine's Day Special||Short Film||Original Soundtrack||Laura Sullivan|
|Nine and A Half Minutes Left||Short Film||Original Soundtrack||Laura Sullivan|
|Perryton||Short Film||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|Quartett||Short Film||Original Music||Laura Sullivan||ASOFF Paris Fashion Film Festival|
|Tin Can Alley||Children's Musical||Author & Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|Trust Your Heart||Children's Musical||Author & Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|The Magic Pearl||Children's Musical||Author & Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|The Little Monster||Children's Musical||Author & Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|Freedom||Original Single||Performer||The Battersby Duo/Laura Sullivan|
|Perfect||Cover Single||Performer||Ed Sheeran / Laura Sullivan|
|Loneliness (From Naruto)||Cover Single||Performer||Takanashi Yasuharu / Laura Sullivan|
|Star Wars||Cover EP||Performer||John Williams / Laura Sullivan|
|Zelda||Cover EP||Performer||Koji Kondo / Laura Sullivan||Playlisted - Spotify Editorial|
|You Are The Reason||Cover Single||Performer||Calum Scott / Laura Sullivan|
|Youngblood||Cover Single||Performer||5SOS / Laura Sullivan|
|Bohemian Rhapsody||Cover Single||Performer||Freddie Mercury / Laura Sullivan|
|Kaze No Ne (From "Final Fantasy")||Cover Single||Performer||Kumi Tanioka / Laura Sullivan|
|Paris Enjoué||Cover EP||Performer||Various / Laura Sullivan|
|Baby Mine||Cover Single||Performer||Frank Churchill / Laura Sullivan||Playlisted - Spotify Editorial|
|After Rain||Original Single||Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|Silueta||Original Single||Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|Reverie||Original Single||Composer||Laura Sullivan|
|900 Voices||Video||900 Voices||Laura Sullivan|
|Born Virtuosos||Book||Author||Laura Sullivan|
|San Francisco State University (CSU)||Lecture||Guest Presenter||Laura Sullivan||Guest Presenter|
|Academy of Art University||Lecture||Guest Presenter||Laura Sullivan||Guest Presenter|
|Recording Academy (NARAS)||The Grammy® Organization||Voting Member||Laura Sullivan||District Advocacy|
|BMI||Performing Rights Organization||Composer||Laura Sullivan||Catalog of 600+ Compositions|
Laura is the composer, arranger and visionary for the epic video 900 Voices, produced by herself and her Grammy® winning husband, Eric Sullivan. 900 Voices involves the singing participation of 938 people around the world singing in 27 languages, all in 1 song
Laura's Grammy® winning release, Love's River, (Best New Age Album, 56th Grammy® Awards) includes Laura's piano music and the talents of flugelhorn and trumpet player Jeff Oster (winner of Echoes, NAR Lifestyle, and Independent Music Awards, and ZMR record of the year 2011), Grammy® Award winning artist Nancy Rumbel (of Tingstad and Rumbel), Grammy® Award winning cello player Eugene Friesen (member of the Paul Winter Consort), oboe and English horn player Jill Haley, and four pieces produced by Grammy® Award winning and platinum artist and founder of legendary Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, who also performs on the selection title Blessed from the album. The album was also produced by Laura's husband, Grammy® Winning Producer Eric Sullivan. Distinguished engineers on the project include Tom Eaton of Imaginary Road Studios and Michael Starita, Director at ULUV MUSIC and Founder and CEO at Bay Area Music Collective.
Love's River was named one of the top five productions to pass through the hands of Will Ackerman since 2009 by Reviews New Age.
Laura composes underscore for shows seen on CBS, NBC, Fox and Sony including So You Think You Can Dance, On the Case With Paula Zahn, The Dr. Oz Show, MTV's Catfish: The TV Show, 48 Hours, Under Dog to Wonder Dog, The History Channel, Fit TV, Angry Planet, The Perfect Murder, Discovery Civilization Channel, The Landscape Chanel and commercials for Hyundai among many others.
Her music is featured in the Emmy Award Winning documentary "Walk into the Wild: Spirit of Itasca" and the Emmy Award Winning documentary "The Greatest Silent Sport", which was also awarded at the Fargo Film Festival. She composed original music for the film "Valentine’s Day Special" (starring Jon Polito). Laura performed the music for the track "Sleepwalking on a Tightrope" written by Roy Finch for the movie "Wake." She was the composer for the feature film "Emotions" directed by Gio Vitelle which premiered at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. She also composed and produced original music for the short film Nine and A Half Minutes Left directed by Gunther Thallinger. Her music appears in the score to Quartett by Christina Kruse and Guy Lesser, which poetically brings to life the characteristics of Nana de Bary's Liaison de Perfum. This project was recognized by inclusion in ASOFF, Paris's Fashion Film Festival.
Her music can be found on Amazon.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, Pandora, and charts in frequent rotation on Music Choice, and many other retail stores on and offline. Her discography receives airplay on radio stations around the world. Her albums have charted in the top 2 on The Zone reporter, the internationally recognized New Age and ambient radio chart. Her release, Mystical America, was named #1 New Age Album of 2004 by, Wind and Wire.
Laura is a member of the piano artist collective Whisperings Solo Piano Radio founded by composer, pianist and radio programmer, David Nevue. This artist community promotes through its radio station and concert tours with artists including David Nevue, Scott D. Davis, Suzanne Ciani, David Lanz, Wayne Gratz, and Robin Spielberg.
Ms. Sullivan was chosen as a featured artist on a TV Pilot, Music Across America, produced by legendary Jazz artist, Stanley Clarke. Her releases Mystical America and Pianoscapes for the Trails of North America were produced by acclaimed artist Chris Camozzi, (appearing with artists Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton, Maria Carey, Barbara Streisand and many others).
Some of the other wonderful artists who have performed with Laura on her albums are Diane Grubbe (flute), Mary Pitchford (violin), Noel Jewkes (saxophone), and Anthony Blea (violin). Laura’s debut album, Piano Solos, includes several selections of music she performed written by film composer, Roy Finch.
Laura is the author of the ground-breaking piano teaching technique, Born Virtuosos: The Innovative Piano Course, as well as the book and CD by the same title. This method uses playful techniques to train young children to play like virtuosos, and learn to read music quickly.
Growing up on a farm in Northern California near the foothills of Mt. Lassen, Laura’s mother was children’s book author Carol Purdy, who is best known for her books Least of All, Mrs. Merriwether’s Musical Cat, and Iva Dunnit and the Big Wind. Carol was also Laura’s first piano teacher and started teaching her to play when Laura was four years old.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. She is a former student of Dr. Robert E. Bowman and the recipient of the Emily A. Hauss Music Award and the Jane Bowman Jewett Music Award. Laura also holds a master’s degree in Psychology through the School of Education from the University of San Francisco. She has further graduate training from the New School in New York City. She has appeared as a guest presenter in music courses at CSU San Francisco and the Academy of Art College.
Laura is also the author of several musicals for children which were produced by her group called “Star Company Children’s Theater.”
Laura's husband is Grammy® Winning Producer, Film Director, and Technology VP, Eric Sullivan. She is a member of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys®).
"Laura Sullivan's angelic writing and playing evoke vivid imagery, completely capturing the essence of her imaginative song titles. Her creativity is backed up by skillful expressive presentation. This is pure sonic artistry." Brent Fischer, Grammy® Winning Producer, Composer, Arranger (Michael Jackson, Usher, Toni Braxton et al)
"I recently had the honor of producing four pieces with Laura Sullivan for her upcoming release, Love's River. Laura is blessed with a musical soul and the hands to go with it. Her compositions are at once breathtaking and lovely; accessible and yet challenging. The four pieces showed incredible range in style while being held together by the strength of her musical voice. She is a uniquely talented musician who I hope I'll have the pleasure of working with again." Will Ackerman, Grammy® Winner and Founder of Windham Hill Records
"It is easy to see why Ms. Sullivan has such a large following. From the first moment the album began to play, I felt my blood pressure drop and a peace settle in." Dana Wright, Muzik Reviews
“Anyone who has enjoyed the New Age pianism of Liz Story or Suzanne Ciani will find a lot to enjoy about Sullivan.” Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
“Laura’s new arrangements take on a mature vitality and soulfulness that makes you want to listen again and again.” RJ Lannan, New Age Reporter
"Laura Sullivan has risen to near the top of the genre by composing and releasing music that embraces a warmth, sincerity, and charm head and shoulders above many of her contemporaries." Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire
"In the music sense, knowing now what Laura Sullivan has in store for us..., it’s appropriate to say our future has never looked brighter." John P. Olsen, New Age Music World
"The music on Love’s River is warm and inviting, soothing and uplifting, and should ensure Sullivan’s place in the upper echelons of contemporary pianists." Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano
“It's touched my soul like no other music has, and in my opinion has a healing aspect that summons a true inner peace. 5 out of 5 stars!” Joshua Anderson, Streams-of-Time
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