Laura Marie (born September 11 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter. She was the lead singer of the band Sofa Kingdom, who released one studio album, Somewhere Else, before disbanding. Kleffner worked with producer Mack Damon on her debut solo album, Drawn, as well as the EP Last of the Ones, both released as Laura Marie. In 2012 she collaborated with Texan producer Jake Owen and released their first EP as a duo, Threadbare. A full-length album is expected in 2013 after a successful campaign through PledgeMusic.http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/txbirths?c=search&first=laura+marie&last=valenzuela&spelling=Exact&11_year=1970 http://www.mtv.com/artists/sofa-kingdom/biography http://www.billboard.com/album/laura-marie/last-of-the-ones/1571664#/album/sofa-kingdom/somewhere-else/5727320 'Personal History' section: http://lauramariemusic.com/fr_bio.cfm http://www.billboard.com/album/laura-marie/last-of-the-ones/1571664#/album/laura-marie/drawn/14738340 http://www.billboard.com/album/laura-marie/last-of-the-ones/1571664#/album/laura-marie/last-of-the-ones/16963880 http://www.jakeowen.com/ http://www.threadbaremusic.com
ContentsCareer1.1 Sofa Kingdom1.2 Solo career1.3 Threadbare
In 1997, Marie formed Sofa Kingdom with bassist JP Leal, initially as a duo, but were soon joined by guitarist Reza Kaleel and drummer Jason Barbosa. 2 years later, in 1999, they recorded and independently released their first studio album, Somewhere Else. After the album's release, Barbosa left the group and was replaced by Rudy Diaz. In 2001, the band changed their name to Things Between and started working on their second album, Undone, but decided to split for personal reasons, so the project remained unreleased.
After Sofa Kingdom disbanded, Laura Marie continued writing and recording with Mack Damon, the producer of Somewhere Else. Her solo debut album, Drawn, was released in 2007 and was followed by a 6-track EP, Last of the Ones, in 2010. On February 17 of the same year, she released her first music video for the song Love You Like Me.
On October 29, 2012, after working together for several months, Laura Marie & Jake Owen successfully launched a fundraising campaign, called The Threadbare Project, to cover the expenses of a new album in 2013. The Threadbare EP was digitally released on November 2, 2012, exclusively on PledgeMusic, with a physical release to come with the full-length album.'Personal History' section: http://lauramariemusic.com/fr_bio.cfm http://www.texasmusiccoalition.org/tmp_news_select.php?story=tmp_news.php&ID_news=1603
Laura Marie was born and raised in San Antonio. She attended St. Mary's University, Texas, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music education concentrating in composition. She has been married for several years and is a mother of two.