Laura Hickli, an internationally touring artist currently quarantined to Canada, is a baroque pop / chamber-folk songstress, classically trained pianist, multi-instrumentalist, studio/session musician, and educator with the Royal Conservatory of Music and The National Music Centre (Canada.) Her unique approach to songwriting combines honest emotional weight with technical expertise, using soulful music as the medium. The captivating power of Hickli’s explosive live performance has encouraged audiences from around the world to take a breath, stop and feel everything along with her from one mesmerizing moment of self reflection to the next.
Coming to terms with accepting herself after a traumatic childhood, this home-schooled emotive wonder uses classical and hymnal influence from her meditative prayer cries as the foundation for her unapologetic declarations of struggle, resilience, and hope.
Hickli is currently sitting on her heavy-hitting second album ‘Both Feet In The World, At Least I Can Stand‘ set to be released through North Pole Records (MT) in 2021. Exploring her departure from religion and the subsequent acceptance of her mortality, this somber and experimental record features songs which she recorded at The Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity during her 2018 BMiR residency. It also includes songs written during her 2020 quarantine where Hickli spent the cold year channeling existential spirals through exploring engaging and experimental production in her home-studio with her partner Taylor Cochrane (front-man in 36?.)
Hickli recently achieved Top 100 National Artists in the CBC Searchlight (Canada) and front page features in Seattle’s Guitar Girl Magazine, Back Beat Seattle, The Calgary Herald and more while her debut album ‘Flowstate’, 2020 single ‘Listen’, and collaboration with Out of the Swim ‘Machine’ continues to be broadcasted on international radio. She made waves in the USA touring her powerful songwriting under her name Laura Hickli, while also touring as the guitarist/vocals in the Western Canadian Music Award-Winning art-rock band, ‘36?’!
More Music: (36?, Time Boy, Carla. J Easton)
Hickli is involved as a studio musician and co-writer in a number of other projects. She toured and recorded with the U.K Pop Band Carla J. Easton, (from Scottish girl-group TeenCanteen) who’s critically acclaimed album, ‘Impossible Stuff’ was produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Leonard Cohen) at Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal. This album achieved The SAY Award ‘ Best Scottish Album of the Year’ 2019 Shortlist. Notable live U.K performances include Celtic Connections, Nue! Reekie! and BBC Radio with Marc Riley (The Fall.) Hickli is also songwriter and artist in transatlantic femme synth-pop band Flunt, who’s debut single ‘Flow,’ was produced at La Chunky Recording Studio, Glasgow (The Pastels, Belle & Sebastian.)
Hickli is also a member of the Western Canadian Music Award-Winning band, 36?, signed under Vancouver Record Label; File: Under Music. Their recent record, ‘Milk Mountain‘ was debuted on Exclaim!, and singles from the record have regular rotation on Spotify curated playlists and radio stations in Canada and Japan. They toured simultaneously with Laura Hickli, their front-man Taylor Cochrane being the drummer in her band.
Hickli is songwriter and artist in Calgary neo-prog/post punk band Time Boy, who’s kinetic live performance and wacky debut album ‘Ponoka,’ produced at Public Lunch Studios has gained them multiple music festival slots across Alberta, including Big Winter Classic (Partner, The Wet Secrets, Less Than Jake.) Coined ‘the Cilantro of Calgary’s Music Scene,‘ by Local Drop Magazine, their eclectic and anxiety-inducing songs are either taken in with great pleasure by like-minded weirdos or left on the plate while the band laughs amongst themselves. They recently released their second EP, ‘Porcelain Porch‘ in early 2020 to a sold-out Calgary show organized between tour cycles.