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Hot New Talent Alert: Laura Jansen Debuts Video for New Single 'Golden'


Elba is the name of a tiny Mediterranean island off the French coast where Napoleon was exiled in 1814. The imprisioned French emperor crowned himself King of Elba in an effort to maintain face and some of his dignity. After the breakout success of her debut LP, Dutch-American singer Laura Jansen was fascinated with the idea of exile. She felt as if her international success was a form of creative banishment that included touring, writing and promoting her music. Jansen recorded "Queen of Elba" for her new album, aptly-titled "Elba," as a statement of empowerment in her world of ongoing artistic exploration.

The first single taken from "Elba" is Jansen's sublime pop record, entitled "Golden," that will be released in the U.K. on June 17. It's a tune filled with hope and humanity that comes along with powerful video that was directed by Dutch filmmakers Menno Fokma and Floris Vos. "There's a million sparks/Cause it's all a work of stars/We are golden," she sings. "In the middle of your heart/There's a place that's never dark/Never broken/Never scared."

"Elba" was recorded in Jansen's adopted hometown of Los Angeles with producer Matt Hales - fresh from co-writing and producing Lianne La Havas's Mercury nominated debut LP. The album features duets with Keane's Tom Chaplin (review) and Ed Harcourt, plus an inspired mash-up of Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" and Fine Young Cannibals' "Johnny Come Home."

Born in Breda, Holland, to a Dutch father and an American mother, Laura Jansen began playing piano at age five while her family lived in Brussels, followed by Zurich and Connecticut. After spending two years at a music conservatory in Holland, Jansen transferred to Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music with a scholarship.

After graduating, Jansen moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career that ultimately led to her move to Los Angeles where she became a fixture at Hotel Café. In 2008, Jansen spent six weeks on the road singing back-up vocals and playing piano, as well as opening for Joshua Radin, followed by a slot on the national Hotel Café Tour alongside Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata, before signing to Universal in 2009. "Elba" will be released in the U.K. via Decca/UMG. No U.S. release has been scheduled at this time.

May 29, 2013 | Permalink