Laura Gibson

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Laura Gibson
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Laura Gibson at her second concert in Europe at the Kult in Niederstetten, 2009
Background information
Origin Coquille, Oregon
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician / Writer / Composer / Recording Artist
Instruments multi-instrumentalist
Years active
Labels Barsuk, City Slang
Associated acts Calexico, The Dodos, Peter Broderick

Laura Gibson is an Oregon born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living in New York City, where she is completing an MFA in Fiction Writing at Hunter College. Gibson currently records for the US Independent Label Barsuk Records, and the Berlin-based label City Slang. Gibson's new album Empire Builder was released April 1, 2016.


  • If You Come to Greet Me (2006, Hush)
  • Beasts of Seasons (2009, Hush, City Slang, Headz)
  • La Grande (2012, Barsuk, City Slang)
  • Empire Builder (2016, Barsuk / City Slang)


Bridge Carols (2010) collaboration with sound artist and minimalist composer Ethan Rose Gibson added vocal harmonies to his Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke Tour EP.[4] and supported Meloy’s 2008 solo tour Background Vocals on the Dodos record Visitor Additional vocal contributions (live and recorded): Calexico, Beth Orton, the Decemberists, White Hinterland, The Portland Cello Project.

NPR Tiny Desk[edit]

Gibson’s 2008 SXSW performance was the inspiration for NPR music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Gibson performed the first and 200th Tiny Desk Concert.

Commercial Work[edit]

Gibson has composed music and lyrics for multiple commercials, including a version of “Hey there Little Red Riding Hood” for Volvo, as well as original music for Microsoft and the Humane Society. In 2014 Gibson composed the song “Live Long in Oregon” for the Cover Oregon Campaign, the Oregon branch of the Affordable Health Care Act. The commercial was discussed on several national news outlets. After Oregon dropped its state run coverage, the commercial was parodied on the premiere episode of Jon Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, featuring Lisa Loeb in Gibson’s role.

Theatre Work[edit]

In 2015, Gibson was principal composer and lyricist for Up the Fall, a musical production created for performers with developmental disabilities, for the Portland-based Non-Profit PHAME Academy. She has also collaborated with Oregon Ballet Theater and Portland Playhouse.

East Village Explosion[edit]

March 26, 2015 Gibson’s Manhattan apartment was destroyed in a gas explosion which killed two people. Gibson was home at the time of the explosion but escaped unharmed. A recovery fund, established by friends and fans, raised several thousand dollars.

Gibson is a graduate of Linfield College where she completed pre-medicine requirements and competed for the Women’s basketball and Track and Field teams.


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