Lara Ruggles grew up listening to Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Cat Stevens, Joan Baez, and the Judds. She sang her first concert in three-part harmony and won her first poetry slam. Her unique blend of avant-pop and soul-folk is passionate and powerful, even when sung from whimsical points of view such as the perspective of a purse. With the attention to lyricism of Conor Oberst, the intensity of Florence and the Machine and the ear for infectious melodies of Ingrid Michaelson, Lara’s piano and guitar-driven melodies invite the listener on a journey through soaring hooks, battle scenes and postcards written from well-loved and desolate desert landscapes. Lara’s music is unafraid to acknowledge the dark places within the range of the human emotional experience. She engages with her audiences in an unabashedly genuine way, telling raw stories and allowing her own vulnerability to be a point of connection and empowerment.Lara is a two-time finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. She has shared the stage with prepared guitar pioneer Janet Feder, Steven Vidaic of Citizen Cope, and Nina Storey and been honored as a finalist in the renowned Eddie’s Attic open mic competition.

In 2013 Lara ran a successful kickstarter campaign, raising almost $9000 for her debut full-length album. The album was recorded in partnership with grammy-winning producer/engineers Steve Vidaic and Mike Yach and will be released on Immersive Records this year. Since then, Lara has toured from New York City to Seattle and Los Angeles to Austin, shot a music video for “Moon in my Heart” from her upcoming Immersive Records release, and headed down to South by Southwest with Immersive Records to play a set at the Colorado Music Party. Lara spends her spare time teaching songwriting workshops in schools, and founded the Love Your Piano Project to get acoustic pianos into more community music venues.

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