April 26, 1974 |
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Origin||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, recording engineer, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano|
Greg Laswell (born April 26, 1974) is a musician, recording engineer, and producer from San Diego, California. He has released six studio albums: Good Movie in 2003, Through Toledo in 2006, Three Flights from Alto Nido in 2008, Take a Bow in 2010, Landline in 2012, and I Was Going to be an Astronaut in 2014, as well as several EPs and special singles. Many of his songs have been featured in films and television shows.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 Song appearances in films and television shows
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Greg Laswell was born in Long Beach, California. He moved to San Diego in 1993 and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University. From 1998 through the early 2000s, Laswell was frontman for the San Diego-based band Shillglen. Members of the band included Chad Lansford (backing vocals and guitar), Justin Skeesuck (guitar), Michael de Neve (bass), Marcel de Neve (drums) and Matt Mintz (lead guitar). The band released one album, titled Sometimes I Feel, in late 1999 and had some moderate success when the band was nominated for Best Alternative Album and Best Alternative Band at the San Diego Music Awards in 2000. By mid-2001, Shillglen had over 400,000 downloads of their music through MP3.com. However, Shillglen quietly disbanded in October 2001 after Laswell suggested the band take a break. The band mutually agreed, but never regrouped.
2003-2006: Good Movie and Through Toledo
Laswell released his first solo album Good Movie in 2003. It was self-funded and self-released on his own label All the Rest Records, and won the award for Best Local Recording by the San Diego Music Awards in 2004. Following the album's success, Laswell signed to Vanguard Records, and then recorded and released his second studio album Through Toledo in July 2006. The album was written during Laswell's divorce from his wife; he stated: "It's basically a breakup album...but the biggest surprise has been when you resurface out of the dark little studio. On this tour, people have been coming up to me and telling me about what they've been going through. It has nothing to do with anything that I originally wrote about. So it's become a full circle, healing thing. I'm just lucky to be in the loop."
2008-2009: How the Day Sounds, Three Flights from Alto Nido, and Covers
In spring 2008, Laswell joined the European leg of the Hotel Cafe Tour, hosted by Tom McRae. He released an EP titled How the Day Sounds in March 2008, which preceded his third studio album Three Flights from Alto Nido, released in July. Several songs from the album, including "Comes and Goes (In Waves)", "How the Day Sounds" (which features Elijah Wood in the music video), "Sweet Dream", and "And Then You" have been featured in the television shows like Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, Castle, 90210, Army Wives and Dollhouse. Laswell's single "Off I Go" was written specially for the season 5 finale of Grey's Anatomy. It was also featured on NBC's Parenthood. Laswell also contributed his cover of Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to the soundtrack for both Confessions of a Shopaholic in early 2009; and to the soundtrack for My Sister's Keeper, also in 2009.
In October 2009 Laswell released a new EP entitled Covers featuring five cover songs.
2010-2012: Take a Bow and Landline
Laswell released a new full album, "Take a Bow " on May 4, 2010. All 12 new tracks were recorded in a studio in a cabin outside Flagstaff, AZ. "Perhaps the biggest difference with this album", observes Greg Laswell of his new Take A Bow, "is that I'm not miserable." Laswell also chimes in on the album stating, "I could not be more excited about how it turned out. Greg Laswell also says that after his Solo Residency Tour wraps up, a full-band tour will commence in May, in support of this new release.
He has toured with several artists over the years, including Matt Costa, Sia, Tim O'Reagan of The Jayhawks and Amy Millan of Stars. Laswell has also scored several short films, including Longbranch: A Suburban Parable in 2001; Deacon's Mondays in 2006.
Laswell's fifth studio album, titled "Landline", was released on April 24, 2012.
2013-Present: I Was Going to be an Astronaut
In 2014, Laswell released his sixth studio album, I was Going to be an Astronaut, which involved remakes of many of his more popular songs, as well as a cover of Sparklehorse's It's a Wonderful Life and a new song, December, which he had cut from a previous record.
In early 2010, Laswell and fellow artist Ingrid Michaelson were reported to be engaged. They were married on August 10, 2011, in Maine. On February 27, 2015, following a rough year both physically and emotionally for Michaelson, the couple announced they were mutually splitting. A joint statement released by Michaelson and Laswell reads: "After careful consideration, and with mutual respect, we have decided to separate. We ask for privacy as we navigate this time in our lives." 
Song appearances in films and television shows
- From Through Toledo
- "Sing, Theresa Says"
- "High and Low"
- "Come Undone"
- From Three Flights from Alto Nido
- "Comes and Goes (In Waves)"
- "How the Day Sounds"
- "And Then You"
- "Days Go On"
- Grey's Anatomy, October 2008
- "Sweet Dreams"
- From Take a Bow
- "Take a Bow"
- "Let It Ride"
- Life Unexpected, October 2010
- "Come Clean"
- Wentworth, July 2014
- Non-album tracks
- "What a Day"
- "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
- "Off I Go"
- "Your Ghost"
- "This Woman's Work"
- "In Spite of Me"
- Grey's Anatomy, November 2009
Awards and nominations
San Diego Music Awards
|2000||Shillglen||Best Alternative Band||Nominated|
|Sometimes I Feel||Best Alternative Album||Nominated|
|2004||Good Movie||Best Local Recording||Won|
|2006||Greg Laswell||Best Alternative Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Through Toledo||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Sing, Theresa Says"||Song of the Year||Won|
|2008||Greg Laswell||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
- "Bands and Performers: Greg Laswell". San Diego Reader. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "Billboard – Biography – Shillglen".
- "Indie-Music.com – Shillglen~Sometimes I Feel".
- "Encyclocentral.com – Greg Laswell Famous Singer Writer And Producer".
- Laswell does a nice balancing act | The San Diego-Union Tribune
- Greg Laswell Twitter
- Greg Laswell on Justin.tv
- "Vanguard Records Blog". Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Husband, Stuart (February 13, 2010). "The DIY diva: Singer Ingrid Michaelson calls her own tune". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved December 6, 2011.
- "Ingrid Michaelson and Husband Separate". MSN. February 27, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- Official website
- Greg Laswell on YouTube
- Greg Laswell at AllMusic
- Greg Laswell on Apple.com
- Greg Laswell discography at MusicBrainz