Ward Thomas is twins Catherine and Lizzy who grew up on a livestock farm in Hampshire, England. They fell in love with country music when they were introduced to the likes of Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks by their Canadian cousin, and they’ve never looked back.
The young country-pop duo has spent much of the last two years recording in Nashville, the home of country music.
With the help of top country producer Bobby Blazier and other country players, including Dan Dugmore and Chris Rodriquez, Ward Thomas have created a debut album which features a cast of unforgettable characters, sketched with poetic lyrics.
Their live performances are characterised by songs sung with burning compassion and containing irresistible, memorable melodies.
Oakes is a wonderfully talented British Country Music singer from Liverpool, England. Coming from a huge Liverpudlian family, where everyone sings or play an instrument, it was only a matter of time before Laura caught the music bug. She jokes that her family find communicating by singing in three-part harmony just as natural as talking! Laura started thinking about taking music a little more seriously in her teens. She learned how to play the guitar, started to write songs and after discovering Carrie Underwood and the Dixie Chicks at age 14, it was Country Music that had her heart.
Laura graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2012 with a first degree in Popular Music. After graduating, she began recording her first single 'Don't Let It Hit Ya', which was released in September 2013 and landed in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Chart. Her second single 'Snakes & Ladders' followed in 2014 with similar success.
In March of 2015, Laura will release her first EP, including three brand new songs along with her two previous singles. Laura is excited to be a part of the UK Country community and cannot wait to see how it will continue to grow in the next year.
Laura will also be playing the Country 2 Country Festival in March.
W21Music have created a page for Laura on their website http://www.w21music.com/laura-oakes to bring attention to her music and forthcoming gigs.
Think Country have also done the same and produced a 10minute interview to highlight her involvement with Country music http://www.thinkcountry.co.uk/features/ten-minutes-with/laura-oakes/
Follow Laura on her Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up-to-date with gig schedule. You can also find her music on YouTube and buy her singles on iTunes & Amazon.