A highly versatile vocalist, Laura Auer (pronounced “OU-?r”) is an American soprano singer and songwriter, garnering an international following for performing both classical and mainstream music and also for writing her own songs. Her contemporary arrangements of soprano repertoire are rapidly gaining popularity in the classical crossover and musical theater genres, reaching more than 10K Spotify listeners this month. One of those arrangements was by Japanese classical pianist, Leiki Ueda, who collaborated with Auer on a recording of “So This Is Love” from Walt Disney’s Cinderella, which was released on Auer’s album “Spring” earlier this year and became the catalyst that set things in motion for Auer.
“Spring” is the first of a four-part album project consisting of classical music and standards, all themed around each of the four seasons and all of which Auer ambitiously undertook to record with a small team of musicians from all around the world, halfway through the pandemic.
“Four albums in one year is an ambitious undertaking, to say the least. My producers did an amazing job sticking to the seasonal deadlines, to get everything done in time. It was madness honestly, and required promoting one album while recording another, while shooting music videos for two ahead, and continuing like that all year long. But it was how I responded to what was happening around me in 2020 and 2021. As we all witnessed a complete standstill, I knew I needed to inspire myself and others around me to get moving again,” says Auer. And it turns out, that was an understatement.
“Summer” - Auer’s second album in the series released at number 8 on the US Billboard charts in classical crossover, with "Autumn" just released on November 25th and "Winter" to follow in early 2023. No surprise that according to Spotify’s “Wrapped” statistics, her most streamed song in 2022 was “So This Is Love” from that first album, full of Disney magic.
Not only on Spotify, but the song’s music video with Leiki Ueda also grew in popularity on YouTube, leading Auer to be discovered in Asia. She was asked to travel to Taiwan to sing her Cinderella breakout song and other fan favorites for TSMC's Disney Fantasy Symphony Live tour with The Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, led by Singaporean conductor, Joshua Tan. The orchestra featured over 70 members and also accompanied Auer on pieces from Aladdin, The Lion King, and Frozen.
Auer returned home to the United States in early December after enchanting audiences for more than six weeks, covering Taichung, Hsinchu, Tainan and Taipei. She is now completing her fourth album and building a new live show for 2023.