Laura Joy

Why book Laura Joy?

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Alison Krauss, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan. She is currently touring the nation, taking song requests from toddlers, petting puppies, and making folks smile all across this great country.

Set list includes Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Beatles, Jewel, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Nicks, hits from the 80s, 90s, and today's Top 40.

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Spring Market Gig

We booked Laura to sing at a Spring Market we did in Naperville and she was fantastic. She was so easy to work with and her sound went well beyond my expectations. We were so pleased and I can't say enough great things about her. We hope to work with her again in the future. Thank you Laura!!

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Reviewer: Maria B.
Organization: Washington Street Market
Event: Public Event in Naperville, IL
Event Date: Apr 12, 2014
Hired As: Singing Guitarist

Laura was absolutely wonderful at our wedding!!! A+++++++

I hired Laura Joy to perform at my wedding. She sounded absolutely beautiful & sweet. She was so easy to work with and highly adaptable. She is an extremely talented musician. I would highly recommend hiring her!!!! I only wish I would have booked her for longer.

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Reviewer: Jana O.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Geneva, IL
Event Date: Nov 27, 2012
Hired As: Singing Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter, Singing Guitarist

Exactly What I Was Hoping For!

A non-profit organization I volunteer with had decided to put on a seminar/celebration event and we were looking for some great entertainment to round out the night. I searched on Google and came across this website with Laura's profile. Her description sounded like what we were looking for, and sure enough, she was exactly what we were looking for! Laura provided excellent communication all the way up to the event, was very professional and accommodating, and provided absolutely wonderful music for our event. We loved her and have even already asked her to be present at other events since then. Our group would highly recommend Laura as a great singer/songwriter for your next event!

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Reviewer: Michelle F.
Organization: NOW
Event: Seminar in Wheaton, IL
Event Date: Mar 14, 2012
Hired As: Singing Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $150-$2500
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: None

Additional Booking Notes

Laura can provide her own sound system if necessary.

Laura Joy

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Alison Krauss, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

During her stint in NYC, Laura was featured in the Jezebel Music Songwriter Showcase at Laila Lounge in Brooklyn and was a member of NY/NJ Port Authority’s exclusive “Tunes in the Terminal” program. She opened for Nedra Johnson and Staceyann Chin in Brooklyn (CattyShack, Michfest Halfway Soire). For 3 years, Laura helped organize and host the successful Paradigm Shift Event Series highlighting feminist inspired art and performance at various venues across The Lower East Side in NYC.

Since moving to the Midwest, Laura has been featured in numerous regional festivals including the Independent Chicago Songwriter Festival, Metamora Folk Festival, and Ravenswood Remix. In January, 2013, she was awarded as a top finalist in the Broward Folk Club Songwriter Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Perhaps it should be noted that Laura’s recording of the ridiculously embarrassing Call Me Maybe parody, “Call Me Ishmael,” was featured on Huffington Post in September 2012. The music video has 20,000 views to date. The original intent was not internet notoriety, but simply to make a silly video for a high school reunion. Do not ask Laura to play the song live. She will inevitably become flustered and possibly break out in hives.

Laura's latest album, “What I Know” was released on June 30th, 2011. It was recorded and mixed by Grammy-award winning engineer, Dae Bennett, and produced by Suzi Reynolds. The well-received album is a collection of songs about what Laura knows: love, laughter, and heartbreak.

Laura plays a minimum of 50 shows per year and is willing to drive almost anywhere. She tours the nation, taking song requests from toddlers, petting puppies, and making folks smile. Her tales from the road (that includes pictures of the puppies) along with all other additional sights, sounds, and information may be found at www.laurajoymusic.com

REVIEWS
“When you listen to Laura Joy, it sparks a happy feeling deep inside of you... although most artists have a sound; Laura Joy has her sound.”
- Vernon Tart, CultureBomb.net, June 2011

“Laura Joy is a breath of fresh air. With a percussive fingerstyle guitar reminiscent of Ani DiFranco and a songwriting flair that recalls the likes of Joni Mitchell and Rebecca Martin, Laura Joy crafts personal tales in song that are both touching and entertaining. “
- Wildy Haskell, Wildy’s World, May 2011

“Folk music so pretty you’ll have to stop your ears from floating away."
- TheFreeGeorge.com, December 2010

Set List

Below is a sample list of songs Laura covers. Many more Beatles tunes than listed here are an option, as well as a bunch of 60s and 70s folk tunes, Jackson Browne, Eagles, Journey... More indie covers are also available (Regina Spektor, Feist, Neko Case, Patti Griffin, etc). It truly depends on the type of vibe you're looking to create.


1234 - Feist
16 Tons - T. Ernie Ford
American Pie - Don McLean
Angel From Montgomery - John Prine
Because the Night - Patti Smith
Beg, Steal or Borrow - Ray Lamontagne
Black Horse - KT Tunstull
Blackbird - Beatles
Building a Mystery - Sarah McLaughlin
City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
Come Together - Beatles
Country Roads - John Denver
Dark Hollow - Grateful Dead
Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
Dont Think Twice - Bob Dylan
Dust in the Wind - Kansas
Faith - George Michael
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Free Fallin - Tom Petty
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
Galileo - Indigo Girls
Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
Have You Ever Seen the Rain - CCR
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Hangin' Around - Counting Crows
Heat of the Moment - Asia
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
Ho Hey - Lumineers
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Landslide - Stevie Nicks
Leaving on a Jet Plane - John Denver
Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Me and Bobby McGee - Kristofferson
Midnight Special - Leadbelly
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Moonshadow - Cat Stevens
Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da - Beatles
Pinch Me - Bear Naked Ladies
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin
Stand By Me
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Take It Easy - The Eagles
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
Time After Time -Cyndi Lauper
Umbrella - Rihanna
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohen
Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yer So Bad - Tom Petty
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - Beatles

Setup Requirements

1/4 cable, mic cable

Amplifier/mixer sound system with at least 2 channels

Microphone with boom mic stand

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