Laura Critchley

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Laura Critchley (born 27 March 1984) is a British singer-songwriter.

Laura Critchley

Biography[edit]

Laura was born in Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. With a voice described as that from a love child of Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks,[1] Critchley started singing when she was 7 years old.[citation needed] She wrote her first song, "Change", at the age of 16.[citation needed] It received radio play on BBC Radio Merseyside on the Billy Butler and Jimmy McCracken show.[citation needed] She got to the last 50 in Fame Academy in 2001,[2] and appeared as Jessica Simpson on Stars in Their Eyes.[3]

In 2006 she moved to London and within 3 months was signed to independent record label Big Print Records, owned and run by Andrew Gemmell and Jeremy Marsh (RCA Telstar).[citation needed] She toured with the Sugababes[4] in March 2007, with Ray Quinn[4] in October 2007, with Deacon Blue [5] in November 2007, and with Boyzone in May 2008.[6]

Critchley's début album, Sometimes I, was released on 19 November 2007. Radio 2 Terry Wogan has praised Critchley saying that her single was an excellent single and that she was one to look out for.[5]

Also in 2007, she recorded three songs with Robbie Williams.[5] In December she sang at Ronan Keating's cancer research ball,[7] and also duetted with him on a version of "Last thing on my mind".

Her first single, "Sometimes I" was released on 21 May 2007. Produced by Steve Power, the man who worked on many of Robbie Williams' hits with him, the single did not chart, but did well on the video channels. The second single "What do we do" was on the Radio 2 playlist[5] on the Terry Wogan show, and was released on 12 November 2007. Her third single is a remix of "Sometimes I", by Ash Howes (who has worked with Girls Aloud and the Sugababes) and was released on 25 February 2008. Critchley's fourth single "Today's Another Day" was released on 16 June 2008 and was a radio hit, reaching number 4 in the independent charts. On 6 July 2009, Critchley releases her single "Feel Proud" which she wrote with UK troops in mind. Profits will go to the Help For Heroes charity.[8] Critchley's songs have been on the Radio 2 playlists as well as many regional stations such as Radio Ulster.[9]

Having supported The Sugababes, and Boyzone on their respective arena tours, duetted with Ronan Keating and sung for Robbie Williams,[10] Critchley has already made a substantial impression on the UK market. She has performed over 200 times in the last 18 months, for audiences from just an intimate 35 to that of 35,000, from the RDS stadium in Dublin to the of Wight festival. She won the best live performance award at the Irish Entertainment Awards in October 2008.[11]

Critchley performed her debut American showcase on 1 May 2008, to which many record execs went. Jeff Arch (the Sleepless in Seattle writer) also directed her video for the single "Today's Another Day".

A 10 part series for Discovery Channel called Kenwood Glamour Puds has used Critchley's music as the title music and sound beds. This series is currently being licensed worldwide.

Glamour puds, featuring Laura's music, has since been shown on Channel 4 on daytime TV.

In 2010, Laura was picked by Tom Jones to be one of his two backing singers during his worldwide performances and promotion of his album "Praise and Blame". Laura appeared on "Good Morning America" as well as many other shows around the world with Tom.

Other work[edit]

Critchley was chosen as the face of new airline Fly Pink.[12] She is a patron of autism charity Wishing Well House.[13] Screenwriter Jeff Arch has written a scene for Critchley in his upcoming film The Chelsea Story set to star John Cusack and Naomi Watts. He has since also asked her to write the title track for the film as well.[5][14] Laura has also accepted a request from the Duchess of York, to be one of her charity's (Children in Crisis) celebrity ambassadors for 2008.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

from Sometimes I
non-album single

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laura Critchley, Bush Hall, London"The Independent. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  2. ^ Padley, Gemma (2007-11-19). "Pop/Chart Review Laura Critchley". BBC. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Stars In Their Eyes 2005 Episode 5". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. ^ a b O' Hare, Alan (2007-10-31). "Laura Critchley". Liverpool.com. Retrieved 2008-01-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e "Laura Critchley on Deacon Blue support slot". Official site of Deacon Blue. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-01-22. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Laura Critchley To Back Boyzone". Daily Mirror. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  7. ^ "All about Laura". lauracritchley.com. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Next single release". ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  9. ^ "BBC - Radio Ulster - Programmes". BBC. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  10. ^ "Is Laura Robbie's new angel?".Channel 4. 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  11. ^ "Winners List". Irish Entertainment Awards 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  12. ^ "New Single For Laura Critchley Flying High". NewsWireToday.com. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  13. ^ "Rising Star Laura Critchley is Appointed Patron". Wishing Well House. 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  14. ^ "Laura off over the Atlantic....". lauracritchley.com. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 

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