The Duncan Banner

April 14, 2013

Duncan’s Laura Leighe finding fun with newest EP release

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — For those looking for some upbeat music, look no further than The Laura Leighe EP which was released in January after a year of work for this Duncan native who now lives in Edmond.

Sweet sounding vocals emanate on this project, with the music of drummer Zach Dumbleton. This Oklahoma pair are hoping their fans find them as fun as they found working on the project together.

The first two songs — “Find Me” and “Lovesick Spaceship,” should appeal to a younger audience, with a definitive pop sound.

“Why Lie” seems an old familiar for longtime fans of Laura and the vocals are stronger than on the first two tracks. But, the last track, “Heaven” is by far the best on the ep album.

There’s about 14 minutes of tracks on the album, which is produced by JT Murrell, known for his productions, albums and videos, of and as a worship pastor.

Laura’s husband, Trent Stockton, co-produced the project.  

Laura first caught my attention when she was brought into the high school office in 2002, to perform, on the spot, for a group of foreign soldiers who were touring Duncan.

At that time, American Idol had not aired yet and putting a young high school senior on the spot to sing for strangers could have unnerved most, but Laura pulled it off with class and professionalism.  That’s attributed to her years of performing in front of mostly familiar faces.

Since then, she has continued to pursue her dream of being a musician and has found a good balance between performing, producing and teaching. She shares her life with someone who has the same interests. Married to Trent since October 2010, the pair work together to produce their music and find themselves traveling from Oklahoma to Los Angeles.

Find Me was first released in early December, a month before the release of the EP.

Gossett has been performing since she was 11 and is a 2002 DHS graduate and, an ’06 OU graduate, with a degree in vocal music education.

Over the years, she has shown her vocal skills and is best known locally for her Christian and Christmas performances. She believes in giving back to the community which has supported her over the years, with benefit performances to help the Toy Shop, Gabriel’s House, Project Graduation and others. She also performed at the annual Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s banquet “Reach for the Stars” in 2012.

Gossett tried out for the sixth season of American Idol, in 2007.

She also was featured in The Banner’s  Duncan...the magazine,  November 2011 edition and graced its cover.

Laura’s first album, “Unreal” also released independently, came out in 2009 under her maiden name, Laura Gossett.

Independent label Gostock Music, “The Laura Leighe EP” is available on iTunes and also can be found on ReverbNation.

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The Duncan Banner