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Laura Sullivan is a Grammy® Winning Composer and a Billboard Top 10 Recording Artist

Laura enjoys great popularity around the world, not only for her award winning New Age, Classical, and Ambient music, but also for her warm and loving spirit. In addition to being a Grammy® winning and Billboard Top 10 Artist in New Age, her original Classical and Ambient music has been included in the score of two Emmy winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies.

Laura's performance of the Clair de Lune is included in the soundtrack of the 2017 Sony Pictures release of the feature film Flatliners, starring Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland, Nina Dobrev and Diego Luna. This movie is a remake of the 1990 film starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon.

Her recordings consistently receive millions of spins per month in online radio and streaming, among stations around the world, resulting in broad international airplay. Her music publications are represented by Performing Rights organization BMI which holds more than 550 of her original compositions in her prolific Composer/Songwriter catalog. 

Laura's releases are quite often found on Billboard Best Seller Charts in both the Traditional Classical and New Age genres. Her music is a consistent Best Seller on Amazon in New Age, Piano and Classical categories.  

Her release Timeless is a top ten best seller on both the Traditional Classical Billboard Chart (30 weeks and counting) and the Billboard New Age Chart. 

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 collaborations include Sky Before a Storm by 17 year old Native American virtuoso Gareth Laffely. Laura is a featured artist on this album, which hit the top 10 on Billboard New Age. Laura also collaborated with Paul Avgerinos on his album GRACE which won the Grammy® Award for Best New Age Album in February 2016.  

Laura's many other collaborations include a project with internationally renowned bestselling author Dr. Wayne Dyer titled Angel Blessings. The entire proceeds of this album goes toward the benefit of Hospice organizations. The album is produced by award winning artist Cindy Paulos and includes distinguished visionary and best selling author Colin Andrews, Grammy® Award-nominated Artists Miss Amy and Judy Pancoast, Grammy® Governor & VP San Francisco Chapter Nona Brown, Independent Music Award winning Producer and award winning Illustrator Krista Wallhagen, Multi-Grammy® Award-winning Producer Kevin Mackie, Producer of Grammy® Award-nominated Album Alex Otey, Guinness World Record holder Rupam Sarmah, World-renowned Film Composer Ricky Kej, Award Winning Americana Singer/Song-writer Grant Maloy Smith, Award-Winning Concert Pianist Leonardo Le San, Award-Winning Producer and Engineer Oscar Autie, and others.

Laura performed on the recording produced by Guinness World Record Holder Rupam Sarmah for his 2014 release of Omkara. This recording, Omkara - The Sound Of Divine Love, takes the science of music to the chakras – the seats of our energies – to inspire healing and balancing through beautifully arranged tones and elevated vibrations.

Some of Laura's other collaborations include the album Love Is by award winning artist D. Edward and The Gathering II produced by Grammy Winning and Platinum artist, Will Ackerman. Other artists included on this album are Lawrence Blatt, Louis Colaiannia, Masako, Shambhu, Heidi Breyer, Stanton Lanier, Ann Sweeten, Vicente Avella, Isadar, Lynn Yew Evers and others.

Laura's Grammy® winning release, Love's River, (Best New Age Album, 2014) includes Laura's piano music and the talents of the great 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), virtuoso cello player and Grammy® Award winning artist Eugene Friesen(member of the Paul Winter Consort), acclaimed 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.

Laura Sullivan's release Love's River won a GRAMMY® for BEST NEW AGE ALBUM in the 56th GRAMMY® awards which aired on CBS on January 26, 2014.

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 enjoys a publishing deal with one of the largest private production companies for music in film and television, where she composes underscore for shows seen on CBS, NBC, Fox and Sony.

Laura's music is licensed for use in TV and film 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 and Everyday Paleo 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 "Valentines 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 first 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.”

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Grammy® Winning Producer, Film Director, and Technology VP, Eric Sullivan, and their young daughter. 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)

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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 in 2013, 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

Read more about Laura on Wikipedia.