Laura Sullivan grew up in 100-year-old farmhouse at the foothills of Mount Lassen, in Northern California.
At the time her family moved in, the old home was so rundown that the plumbing and electricity barely worked. The family couldn’t watch TV unless everything else in the house was turned off, or the screen would shrink to half the size.
But there were so many more interesting things to do than watch TV, that didn’t really matter. The eleven acres were a landscape to explore, filled with old broken-down cars, furniture, and ancient junk left behind from days long ago. A rusty clawfoot bathtub filled with muddy water sat in the front yard. Attached to it with duct tape was a hand-painted sign reading "Bard Bath."
But it was her parent's dream to own a farm, and this is what they could afford. Their vision was to transform it into a pleasant and comfortable homestead.
And that is what they did. The family put forth a lot of effort on the project for many years. Their work paid off and it became a nice working ranch with chickens, ducks, cows, horses, pigs, and a throng of feisty cats and friendly dogs. Next to their walnut orchard they nurtured a huge garden of flowers and vegetables. The family reached out to their friends to share the abundance, and the land became a community garden spot shared by many.
Daily escapades on the farm were adventurous. There was a creek that ran through the property in which Laura and her brother and sister would play and swim in the summertime. But with the winter rains it brought dangerous floods over the entire land. Fire was also a threat and there was a time the entire young family awoke in the night to put out a tree fire with a bucket brigade from the creek. Despite the hard work and occasional dangers, the family was content, playful, and blessed with an abundance of love, grace, and gratitude.
Laura's mother Carol was classically trained at the piano and her father John played country guitar and harmonica. John drove his pick-up truck all the way from Weatherford Oklahoma to California to bring home the piano once owned by Laura's Great Grandmother, Etta Purdy. Etta had taught all her six children to play on that piano and was delighted that it stayed in the family.
Now, with Etta’s piano in the home, every night was filled with music. Laura's mother taught her to play, starting when she was four years old. A few years later, her father began driving Laura all the miles into town each week so that she could have private piano lessons with the distinguished teacher, Ms. Winifred Laymon. And he continued that gift to her of piano lessons for all the years after until Laura left home for college.
Recipient of college scholarships: the Emily A. Hauss Music Award, and the Jane Bowman Jewett Music Award, Laura went on to major in music in college and received a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance.
She has since recorded many albums of original music which frequently chart on Billboard Top Ten bestseller lists, including 'Love's River' which won a Grammy® award at the 56th annual awards show. What made that momentous day extra special for Laura was that her family was seated in the audience when she went to the stage to receive her Grammy®.
Laura 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®).
|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|
|Pieces of Forever||Album||Original Music||Laura Sullivan|
|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|