Laura Rizzotto is a 23-year-old Latvian/Brazilian recording and performing artist and a professional songwriter, with over 100 original songs published, most of them with English lyrics. Laura started playing the piano at the age of 9 and wrote her first ballad, “Reason Why”, at the age of 11, when she used to live in the City of Edina, in Minnesota. She taught herself how to play the guitar and the ukulele at her early teens.
Laura started performing her own songs in the music scene of Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 15. Her first record deal, with Universal Music Brazil, came up one year later, just after a record executive saw her performing live in the legendary jazz venue Modern Sound, in Copacabana. Her debut studio album “Made in Rio”, released in 2011, was produced by British musician Paul Ralphes and the track “Who You Are”, by Brazilian jazz legend Eumir Deodato.
“Made in Rio” was critically acclaimed and extensively featured in the Brazilian media. Laura was a guest artist in the main Brazilian TV shows and promoted the album with live performances in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with a 6-piece band. The single “Fish Out of Water” was included in the soundtrack of a popular soap opera from Brazil’s major TV network, Rede Globo.
Laura opened up for former Disney star Demi Lovato, at her major concert in Brazil, for 7,000 people, in April 2012. Shortly after, she was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
In June 2013, Laura was a Brand USA guest artist at the 2013 International Pow Wow Expo, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where she performed live for an audience of 6,000 travel delegates from the U.S. and 70 other countries.
She moved to Los Angeles, CA, in August of 2013 to record her second studio album, “Reason To Stay”, self-released in January 16, 2014. The album was produced in Los Angeles and Tokyo by Nicolas Farmakalidis and mastered by Grammy award winner sound engineer Brad Blackwood.
“Reason To Stay” release served as a driving force to promote environmental education and a greater public awareness regarding the urgent need of conservation and restoration of Brazilian national tree, also known as “The Music Tree”, which is listed as an endangered species and currently menaced by the bow-for-stringed-instrument industry.
While in California, Laura Rizzotto graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where she got a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Musical Arts. In 2014, Laura moved to NYC, to pursue a Masters in Music degree at Columbia University, which was accomplished in May, 2017.
In 2015, Laura released the single “Miracle”, as a tribute to roadI traffic victims. The tune was featured in the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasília, Brazil, organized by the United Nations.
In 2016 and 2017, Laura was hired by Sony Music to work as a Portuguese vocal coach to superstar Jennifer Lopez, in her collaboration with Brazilian artists.
On April of 2017, Laura was the moderator of the Music and Culture panel at the Brazil Conference, in Harvard University. The panel featured two Brazilian music icons: Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s former minister of culture, and Yamandu Costa, a virtuoso on the acoustic guitar.
Laura’s latest work is a series of Eps named “Precious Stones”. The first EP, “Ruby”, was launched in 2017 and the second one, “Amber”, will be released in 2018, as a tribute to her Latvian roots.
Laura’s soulful ballad Funny Girl qualified for the semi-final of Latvian national selection for the next Eurovision Song Contest.