Recently dubbed ‘Most Promising Future Star’ at the TCMF People’s Choice Awards, Laura Frank is on a hot streak. Following her win, she unveiled the single Days Gone By, which shot to #7 on the AMRAP charts. Now the singer-songwriter introduces her soulful follow-up, Leavin’.
Leavin’ instantly feels comfortable – like seeing an old familiar friend. “I’m on my way again,” resounds Laura’s wispy vocal, over a lonely acoustic guitar. Both intimate and vulnerable, her dulcet tones beckon your attention.
That vulnerability was quickly recognised by inmates at a QLD Correctional Facility, where Laura was recently invited to speak and perform. “It was incredible to see a room full of ‘hard’ men let their walls come tumbling down after hearing this tune,” she recalls. “One of them put their hand up and said, ‘It’s like you wrote that song here’.”
“Leavin’ isn’t about being in prison,” she adds. “It’s about being stuck and being stuck ‘alone’. Sometimes you get yourself into situations and circumstances that you can’t seem to find a way out of. You continue to take on everyone else’s ‘baggage’ and struggle to find a way through your own mess.”
Recording sessions took place at Bernard Fanning’s studio in Brooklet, with long-time producer Jordan Power (Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou). “Let’s make this song as sad as we possibly can… Nick play less… People will be crying by the end – were all quotes used whilst we were recording this song in the studio.”
The song’s accompanying video – shot by Nick Morrisey and edited by Laura – holds personal sentiment for the QLD born singer-songwriter. “The video was filmed in my hometown – Kalbar, in the Scenic Rim in a space that used to be the ‘True Value Hardware’ when I was a kid. I used to visit this building as a young girl walking the aisles with my dad searching for bolts and screws and all sorts. It’s pretty special to be able to film a video clip in that space.”
Laura is equally as captivating (if not more) in person, having mesmerised audiences when opening for James Blundell, Brad Cox and Chocolate Starfish. To celebrate the release of her new single she’ll be hosting a special performance at the Ipswich Civic Centre on July 8.
Laura Frank’s Leavin’ is both beautifully fragile and self-assured. Its meticulous production blends effortlessly with Laura’s captivating vocal. With songcraft like this, it’s clear this star-on-the-rise won’t be leavin’ any time soon.
Thanks to Wildheart Publicity