|Birth name||Laura Jones|
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
|Years active||1990–present (singing)
Love was born Laura Jones in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1960. She is of African American, Native American, and Caucasian descent. Love had a difficult childhood, raised by a mother with schizophrenia and in foster homes. Her father, who had little involvement in her life, was the jazz musician Preston Love who played sax with Count Basie, Lucky Millander and Johnny Otis and formed his own band in the 1950s. Love's mother, Wini, had been a singer in Preston's jazz band.
Love began her performing career at age 16, singing for the prisoners at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Love relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she was a member of the late 1980s rock group Boom Boom G.I.(Here's your citation - as a founding member of the group, I can assure you Laura Love was an official member of the band Boom Boom G.I., on top of that, here's a link to the cover photo of the band's second album. Laura is pictured here in white - ). She was also a member of an all-female band, Venus Envy.
After Love released three albums on her own label, Octoroon Biography, Putumayo released a collection of her songs. Her album Welcome to Pagan Place included the controversial song "I Want You Gone", about George W. Bush. She published an autobiography, You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes, with an accompanying album of the same name, in 2004. Her style has been described as "Afro-Celtic" and has also been influenced by bluegrass.
- Z Therapy (1990)
- Pangaea (1992)
- Helvetica Bold (1994)
- The Laura Love Collection (1995)
- Jo Miller and Laura Love Sing Bluegrass and Old Time Music (1995)
- Octoroon (1997)
- Shum Ticky (1998)
- Fourteen Days (2000)
- Welcome to Pagan Place (2003)
- You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes (2004)
- NēGrass (2007)
- The Sweeter the Juice (2009)
- Love, Laura (2004). You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes. New York (Hyperion Books). ISBN 1-4013-0011-1
- Bush, James (1999). Encyclopedia of Northwest Music: From Classical Recordings to Classic Rock Performances, Your Guide to the Best of the Region. Seattle, Wash: Sasquatch Books. pp. 249–250. ISBN 1-57061-141-6.
- James M. Manheim (2008). "Laura Love Biography - Survived Group Suicide Planned by Mother, Formed Own Label after Negative Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "African-Native American Scholars". African-Native American Scholars. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- "Laura Love Biography". Pandora Internet Radio. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
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