Hartley Wintney Famous Face: Laura Marling

As we will soon be deep into the throes of festival season, CommunityAd thought it would be fitting to delve into the career of the extremely talented folk singer-songwriter and former Pyramid Stage performer Laura Marling.

 

Born in Eversley on 1st February 1990, Laura Marling was privately educated at Waverly Primary School in Finchampstead, Berkshire and, later, Leighton Park School in Reading.

The North Hampshire star was introduced to music from a very early age with Laura’s father; Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, 5th Baronet, running a recording studio. Charles introduced Laura to folk music who would also start to learn guitar at a very early age.

Marling would move and settle in the outskirts of London after completing her GCSEs, reaching out and joining musicians and bands linked to acoustic, folk-like melodies. From this, the “nu-folk movement” was born, blossoming out of West London, this movement was coined by the British press from the emergence of several artists such as Laura, Mumford & Sons, Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn who incorporated elements of indie rock and pop into traditional folk.

Laura joined Noah and the Whale, appearing as a background vocalist on their debut album, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, before leaving the group in 2008. Marling also collaborated with Mystery Jets and performed with Mumford & Sons but after being invited to tour with Jamie T, she embarked on a new and exciting solo career. The talented songwriter associates her songs with sex and relationships, the responsibilities of womanhood and the heartaches that are sometimes faced.

Following performances at the 2007 O2 Wireless Festival, Laura released her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim in February 2008. Released on Virgin Records, this was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize and with tours to follow, the then 18-year-old was establishing herself fully on the folk scene. TV appearances followed with Craig Ferguson and Jools Holland including a second (I Speak Because I Can) and third (A Creature I Don’t Know) album.

In 2011, Laura pipped Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Rumer to be crowned the 31st winner of the British Female Solo Artist category at the Brit Awards. Just 8 days later at the Shockwaves’ NME Awards, the talented musician also won the Best Solo Artist award.

In 2013, Laura co-starred in the short film Woman Driver which was shot and edited in 72 hours. Marling won Best Actress for her role at the 72-hour National Film Challenge with the film also featuring new music from the artist. A further three albums were over the next 5 years released Once I Was an Eagle (2013), Short Movie (2015) and Semper Femina (2017) with all three achieving top 10 peak positions in the UK Albums Chart.

Laura’s most recent album Song for Our Daughter was recorded from Marling’s home studio in London and released in 2020. A figurative title, Marling is writing to a fictional daughter and the album was shortlisted for the 2020 Mercury Prize and nominated for Best Folk Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. At the 2021 UK Americana Awards, Song for Our Daughter won the award for Best-selling American Album of the Year.

With her last album acting as somewhat of a premonition, last February Laura announced, through her social channels, that she had given birth to a daughter.

You can keep up to date with Laura’s career via her Instagram page @lauramarling.

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