Singer, musician, educator
Welcome to the home page of Laura Bernay, a versatile performer with talents as a singer, flautist and pianist. She has had an extremely varied career spanning many facets of the entertainment industry. Laura grew up in the U.S.A. on the east coast in a musical family and learned to sing just about every style of music she heard from jazz, country, folk, blues to classical, cabaret and music theatre. She is an accomplished flautist and studied classical flute as well as voice at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated in Melbourne .
Laura is known for her sensational “cross-over” styles of singing. The flexibility and beautiful vocal quality she possesses are testimonies to her many years of performing in so many different styles. Laura has a compelling stage presence and connects with her audiences with charm and flare.
"Jazz standards , French chansons and the occasional perfectly judged blues or country number made for a very satisfying, often moving evening with Laura Bernay and her quartet. Totally at home on the stage, Laura's beautiful voice, easy manner, and formidable musicianship held the packed house rapt. Glorious jazz musicians provided the perfect backbone for this very classy entertainment!"
Stuart Maunder-General Director New Zealand Opera; AM, Theatre Director
In addition to performing Laura has a passion for teaching singing. She is a sessional lecturer in voice for WAAPA (WA Academy of Performing Arts) and runs a very successful private teaching studio. (Singing Lessons)
"Working with Laura was a productive and heart-warming experience. Granting excellent lessons in both singing and life, she helped me set my goals and pushed me far beyond achieving them. I will be forever grateful for what Laura has taught me and I truly hope to do her proud! I am so thrilled to be accepted into the Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2015!"
Musical Theatre BA (Class of 2017)
WA Academy of Performing Arts
"Pure amazing! Laura is everything I wanted in a teacher, and I'm so glad we’ve been able to work together for so long. While working with Laura, I've explored many different styles, techniques and approaches. She opened my eyes to a larger view of music as a whole and whether it be classical, musical theatre or even jazz, she really challenges me to be my best. Laura also inspires me in my performances as she is a very active performer herself. She practises what she preaches! She’s so supportive and enthusiastic and she will give her all to help you reach your goals. I know she has been instrumental in helping me reach my own. Laura has given me and many other students, the skills and knowledge we need to pursue our careers into higher education and the industry. She is irreplaceable, an absolute delight and I doubt you could find a better teacher than she."
Cameron Steens - WA Academy of Performing Arts Classical & Musical Theatre (2013-2017)
Laura and her brother "Diesel" at The Ellington Jazz Club
Laura was on the lineup of artists at the 2014 prestigious Noosa Jazz Festival where she premiered her jazz cabaret show "All the Way" a tribute to the legendary American lyricist Sammy Cahn.
"A fantastic show, what a voice! And an entertainer to boot- she keeps the audience involved and entranced with her humour, those sultry tones , and her easy engagement with the rest of the band. We'll be back for more!" Erin
"Laura Bernay is one of those jazz singers who respects their audiences. She knows that apart from being loyal to the beautiful jazz idiom she performs with her éclectique repertoire she is expected to entertain people as well. This she does to the max and superbly! As a result she fills the venues in which she performs with her quartet." (Viktor Zappner, Devonport Jazz Festival Musical Director)
"Laura is certainly a versatile vocalist-equally at home with jazz as well as standards and other genres. She has that great quality of reacting so effortlessly with her audience and in doing so, bringing us the audience almost on stage with her....."
(Murray Lavelle, Devonport Jazz Festival)
Laura with Mira Sertoria (age 16) The Ellington Jazz Club
Laura's CD "Éclectique" Order
"Laura Bernay's 'Éclectique' covers a wide range of styles and compositions.....a quality voice with a wide vocal range, navigating tricky arrangements with finesse and particularly adept at vocalise and scatting."
Australian Jazz Scene
Paul McIntyre, ABC Radio Hobart
"After the first listen I was enthralled. Subsequent listenings made me appreciate why you chose those songs and how vital it was for you to be content with your arranger. You guys are a great team and the musicianship is second to none. Your voice is better than ever--what a range! Thank you again for providing me with such great pleasure--you are so gifted."
Bruce Lizotte U.S.A.
Live@Lizotte's Central Coast, NSW