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Star Cluster
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Star Cluster

Laurie's high octave songwriting drives her music into multi-genre soundscapes, diversifying textures and lush atmospheres-  all woven together - stretching the boundaries of Rock and Roll. She has shared the stage and the studio with Love's Johnny Echols, Jefferson Airplane, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, George Thorogood, Country Joe & the Fish,  Scott McKenzie, Barry McGuire, Michelle Phillips, John York of the Byrds, Albert Lee and members of the Grass Roots.

Laurie has played bass, violin, keys, lead and rhythm guitar and drums on her latest album, Petals From July, as well as having wonderful guest artists, Leland Sklar, Johnny Echols, Tim Gehrt of Streets, Jim Roberts and Christopher Smith of Soul Rash, and Lon Rozelle of the Brats and Falcon Eddy.

 

Laurie started in radio in 1983 as a high school student. Right off the bat she had the number one freeform show in Albuquerque on college station KUNM. It was rare for a college station to beat the commercial stations and that landed her a job at the biggest AOR rock station at the time, 94 Rock under the direction of Frank Jaxon. One of Rock and Roll's biggest consultants, John Sebastian wanted to test his new format "Classic Rock" in Albuquerque as it had more radio stations per capita than any other city.  John Sebastian hired Laurie to be his Music Director for his new radio company, Progressive Broadcasting which took the market by storm. She later broke the glass ceiling becoming the first female Program Director and Operations Manager for multiple cluster stations in Phoenix and Sacramento, later being promoted to the 4th largest radio market, San Francisco. At each station she programed ratings and revenue more than doubled. She was the national news producer and reporter for Westwood One/Clear Channel. Her voice was heard daily coast to coast on Clear Channel stations and affiliates, Sirius XM, Sandusky, CityCasters, Salem Communications, Entercom, Bonneville Media, and other stand alone independent stations. In the 90’s Laurie was the co-editor of Crossroads Magazine, the first to track and chart airplay of college and non commercial stations. She also worked for Critical Mass Media in the 90’s, the largest commercial radio research firm with over 1200 radio station affiliates, where she tabulated results for Auditorium Music Testing and Call Out Research in every genre. Twenty years ago she founded the Progressive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the first to award deserving Progressive Rock bands with a fan voting system. After 5 years of operation, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself took it over and started using a fan based voting system for the first time. She is also a voting member of the Recording Academy (NARAS).

She is a star photographer, both celestial and terrestrial.  Her celestial photos have appeared in Astronomy Magazine as well as other publications and several galleries throughout the southwest. Her more down to earth photography has been featured in a documentary about the band Kansas, on the cover of Georgiana Steele-Waller's autobiography, inside David Spero's autobiography, the Classic Rock Concert Series, Vintage Guitar Player magazine, M Music Magazine, Crossroads Magazine, Rock Meets Classic and countless other publications and websites. 

 

She has authored four books all featuring her photography and art, one about Steve Walsh, astronomy and her own autobiography.

 

Laurie ran for the Arizona House of Representatives, was instrumental in the 1st binding Internet election and has worked in city, county and state government, education, IT, web design and astronomy research facilities. 

 

Her music has been featured in Relix Magazine, CMJ, Global Rhythm Magazine, Radio and Records Magazine, M Music Magazine, Amplifier, NAPRA Magazine and many more.  She now has 6 albums to her credit.

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