Alabama born songstress , Laura Dodd, is a breath of fresh Southern air mixed with attitude. In 2003, “WOW” , written by Sam Gay and Scott & Carolyn Parker, was her first single release which charted 54 on Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart and in 2010 with her own composition , ”Spread My Wings” the #7 charting position in Christian Country earned the singer an ICM Award for 2010 “New Artist of the Year”. Additional awards include, 2002 IMTA “Actress of the Year”, 2003-2004 Vsarts Panasonic Young Soloist,2005 Independent Film Festival’s “Best Inspirational Film” for “The Goal” (wrote theme song),2012 ICM Awards Female Vocalist of the Year,2013 Family Film of the Year for “The Spirit of Love”(wrote theme song),2014 ICM Nominations-Female Vocalist , Duo, and Song of the Year.
2013 #1 on Power Source Inspirational Country Music Chart “I See You In Everything” duet with Steve Richard and 2014 #1 award on Power Source Inspirational Country Music Chart Award for the duet “The Rock on Which I Stand” and 2014 “Song of the Year” ICM Award with Steve Richard for the duet by our friend Russ Murphy’s song ” The Rock on Which I Stand”
Her strong sense of family has given her a fearless perspective on life as well as music. Raised in the family tire business while spending loads of time on her grandparents cattle and chicken farm , Laura developed a hard working ethic with deep country roots. Most Saturday evenings in her early years, she could be found enjoying the Grand Ole Opry Show at Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw’s home. These times kindled dreams of performing at the legendary country music show. So, she began to hone her vocal skills and acting abilities in musical theater in grammar school and high school. Every dream takes a detour at some point in time and for Laura it came from a health issue, CIDP. Determined not to let this be a stop sign in life, she ventured down the road to the local community college where she learned to front a live variety show band while performing with the assistance of a walker and later a cane. Great medical care combined with personal training sessions enabled Laura to stand on her own two feet.
A frequent trip to Nashville convinced Laura to move to Music City and pursue a career in country music and now resides in Nashville. She has since opened for
- Josh Turner
- Rascal Flatts
- Travis Tritt
- Restless Heart
- George Jones
Just to name a few. Sang for the Miracle League on the White House Lawn, performed at the JFK Center and the ADA Concert at the Strathmore Theater, and also the 100 year celebration of the Girl Scouts of America in 2012, in Washington,D.C.
Writing songs quickly became an important piece to her musical puzzle. Grasping life experiences and love stories for inspiration to tell her version of the story through songs. The album “Songbird” was born! Some of Laura’s works have been featured in independent film and documentary.
Currently along with concerts and appearances, Laura hosts “Laura Dodd’s Video Jukebox” which can be viewed on Her Dugger Mountain Music Hall Performance has been televised for National Public Television.