The Music of Laura Sullivan

Bio

About Laura

Laura Sullivan grew up in a one-hundred-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 five 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®. 

You may have heard Laura's music on one of your favorite programs. She has composed 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 Channel, and commercials for Hyundai among many others. Her music is also 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.

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®). 

Partial List of Credits:

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