Country singer Laura Bryna Happily Goes to the Birds…and Helps the Military
Imagine riding in a F-16 Fighter Jet or sharing your shower with a Cockatoo or being the opening act for country legend Clint Black. Rising country pop singer Laura Bryna has does all this and more. Join Oh Behave Show host Arden Moore for this lively episode featuring the can-do Laura who shares her home with three very talented birds who speak French, dance and travel ‘first class’ in their own customized “Wing-ebago” with her. When she isn’t teaching Snuggles, Tyler or Harmony new bird tricks or singing on stage, Laura is devoting her time and resources to aiding the military and their families through a variety of charities. Get the real ‘bird’s eye view’ of how life should be spent by tuning in this episode and heeding Laura’s wise advice.
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Laura Bryna grew up in tiny Mount Airy, MD ("Turn left at the cow," she says, "make a right at the church and keep on going"). Yet out of that rural upbringing near the Mason-Dixon Line, emerged a singer- songwriter of depth and heart. With her 2009 debut album, "Trying to Be Me," having established her country chops, Laura continues her westward trek, dividing her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where she’s now wrapping up a new album that takes her in a striking new direction.
Working with noted producer Robb Boldt (Fergie, Paula Abdul, J.C. Chasez, N’SYNC), Laura has begun exploring a jazzier, bluesier side of her personality. Those new tracks put a twist on 50's and 60's classics, as well as several Bryna originals. On the flip side, Laura is simultaneously crafting a second project, one that will define a new vision of Southern rock uniquely Laura. "It’s been great to have our worlds collide," Laura says of her collaboration with Boldt. "I was coming from a country scenario, while he’s got the rock thing down. It’s a neat musical marriage we have."
Laura’s musical journey began back in Mount Airy, where she remembers plenty of weekend nights, putting on living room shows with her sisters and charging family members 25 cents a ticket. In high school, she was selected to join the Kennedy Center’s Summer Drama Workshop, where she had the opportunity to perform with South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo. From there, she attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. All along, her family had her back. "I’m so blessed to have come from a great town, with wonderful parents," she says. "They always told me to live your dream."
Following college graduation, she took their advice, heading to Nashville to pursue a recording career. It didn’t take her long to find success. With the release of Trying to Be Me, she hopped on a national tour opening for Clint Black, as well as performing with Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Emmylou Harris and Taylor Swift among many others. Songs like "I Don’t Have a Thing to Wear", "Life is Good" and the heartrending "Make a Wish" (which she co-wrote and recorded for the Make-A-Wish Foundation) showcased Laura’s emotional range.
A self-confessed "girly- girl," Laura is a true fashion guru, favoring the couture of Roberto Cavalli, Claudio Milano and J. Girard Designs. She’s even done fashion blogging for the e-Zine, Urban Darling. As it is plain to see, Laura wears many different hats, and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.