Singer, musician, educator
Welcome to the home page of
Laura Bernay, a versatile performer and singing teacher 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.
In addition to performing Laura has a passion for teaching singing and teaches for WAAPA (WA Academy of Performing Arts) and runs a very successful private teaching studio. (Singing Lessons)
Laura was on the lineup of artists at this year's prestigious Noosa Jazz Festival September 4-7 where she premiered her latest 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)
"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 AM, Theatre Director
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