Annapolis native Laura Brino is a middle school art teacher by day and lovely songbird by night.
Monday through Friday during the school year, you can find Laura excelling in her role as an art teacher at Bates Middle School. She finds inspiration in being surrounded by her talented and creative students—their ability to create freely on a daily basis inspired her to find the necessary time she needed to create more of her own art.
Laura began to teach herself to play the piano at age 8. The instrument soon became her sacred place, serving as a therapeutic outlet: she felt free to put her childhood thoughts into words coupled with the music she created. When Laura turned 16 she was playing around Annapolis; her first gig was at an open mic night at Ego Alley. Since then, Laura has been performing as a gifted one-woman band recording, producing, and writing her own creations.
A decade later and Laura has charmed her way into thousands of hearts with her music. Whether she is playing a venue on the Chesapeake Bay or the California coastline, during her shows audiences favorably receive her melodic lyrics and quick wit.
This spring, Laura finished crafting her latest album. However, this time around, her fans may notice there is a slight twist to her normally solo efforts: multi-talented Chesapeake Bay musician Sean Jackson.
Laura and Sean have both been active among the same talented, Chesapeake Bay music community for a number of years. Occasionally the two would bump into one another at shows, and they soon developed a mutual respect for one another's craft. After attending one of Sean's local performances, Laura decided to open to him her well-guarded musical vault of metaphorical lyrics. Not long after that creative meeting, the two decided to enter into a studio project together. With Sean as her creative partner, Laura left her strictly solo career behind to form a new collaboration, called Lily and The Pearl.
On the new album, Laura and Sean's fans will instantly recognize the contributions of both musicians. Laura penned all the song lyrics while also playing the guitar, piano, and the cello parts. Sean's deeper, multi-instrumental tones add to Laura's soft lyrics. His talents on guitar, bass, and drums intertwine harmoniously with Laura's lyrical storytelling. Lily and The Pearl definitely is a successful achievement.
The unsigned team of Lily and The Pearl kicked off their summer tour after a CD release party June 12 at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge. This dynamic team hopes to capture the ears and hearts of an independent label and to be touring nationally before the end of the year.