At first, her audience knew her as Laura Promiscuo - the charismatic singer songwriter from Philadelphia with a hereditary soprano voice from her Italian grandparents. Although opera seemed to be the obvious career path, a lifelong calling to do something unique and original led her down a wild evolutionary journey. Now with successes in multiple genres, the award winning singer, songwriter, playwright and voice actress is letting her voice pave its own way through the music industry.
Although she grew up learning classical music on the viola and played in orchestras and chamber ensembles for over ten years, Laura Auer (OU-ər) did not begin singing until the age of 17. She began taking voice lessons shortly after performing the National Anthem for her field hockey team, and her voice instructor quickly took notice of her raw talent. She began recording Auer on cassette tape for competitions and booking showcase
opportunities. Less than six months later Auer was accepted to train at the conservatory level, studying Vocal Performance at Pennsylvania State University under Richard Kennedy, Jennifer Trost, Ted Christopher, Arlene Shrut with The Juilliard School, and PA Lyric Opera Founder, Maestro Antonio Conte Pugliese. Early roles included “Emmie” in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, “Adele” in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and “Warbler” in the world premiere of Trinkley and Charnesky’s Chicken Little. A few of Auer's winning competition placements included NATS, PA's Young Artists Program, Areté Vocal, and Schmidt.
Auer also performed roles in collegiate musical theater productions including "Cosette" in Les Miserables, "Mrs. Irons" in The Alchemist for The New Musicals Festival, "Christine Daae" in The Phantom of the Opera, and "Maureen" in Rent, as well as several cover bands and two of the university’s premiere a cappella groups as a soloist and arranger. The groups performed for NBC’s "The Sing-Off" in New York City and won the Varsity Vocals' International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella, made famous by the "Pitch Perfect" film, with Auer as lead vocalist on Across the Universe's gospel arrangement of "Let It Be." During this time she also picked up small recording gigs as a session singer including a televised ABBA tribute performance and three original off-Broadway soundtracks. To this date, Auer's voice is featured on over 50 commercial records and over 1000 voiceovers.
Adjacent to her classical musical studies, Auer regularly taught yoga lessons and lead large group musical meditation sessions called "Kirtan concerts,” with supporting musicians on guitar, harmonium and hand drums. She became a certified yoga instructor before she was old enough to drive a car, and her spiritual philosophical study influenced much of her early musical exploration. Auer credits Sting, Ofra Haza, Krishna Das, and Madonna as influential artists.
After parting ways with her first original band Soul Kitchen Collective, Auer went on to establish herself as a powerful songwriter on her first self-released solo album, Chasing Down the Dream in 2014, under her previous name Laura Promiscuo. She opened for Melody Gardot at The World Café Live and became a seasoned performer during her first headlining tour across the United States with a kickoff show at Bethlehem’s Musikfest. She then won The Philadelphia Songwriters Contest in 2016 and was discovered by three-time Grammy winning producer Tim Sonnefeld, who began developing her original songs with heavier orchestral production to support her wide range of vocal melodies in a style he calls “popra.” Auer relocated to Los Angeles where she performed with Sonnefeld at hotspot music venues like Pour Vous, The Viper Room, Hotel Café, and The Peppermint Club. In 2018, Disney took interest in one of Auer's songs for their 2020 Mulan remake, which inspired her to write more music specifically for her soprano voice type in this "Disney-esque" style. Auer sought out a composer for her lyrics and met artist/producer Jaron Samuel. The songwriting duo (now credited as Jaron & Auer) hit it off and wrote several songs a week until they had an entirely new original musical with a full soundtrack and franchise of characters. Auer then wrote the screenplay for animation and also voices the principal character, giving way to the start of an exciting multi-hyphenate career in music and entertainment.
Auer's name change came with the meeting of her now husband, Kevin Auer and the pair reside in Los Angeles. She frequents the famous Victor Cafe opera house as a guest performer when visiting her hometown of Philadelphia and currently keeps her voice maintained with Capucine Chiaudani, bel canto instructor with The Mediterranean Opera Studio in Italy.
This fall, Auer is set to perform with the renowned Evergreen Symphony Orchestra for their "Disney Fantasy Live" concerts series in Taiwan, while promoting the continual release of her "Seasons" album series. In the future, Auer aspires to perform all over the world, and lend her voice to more musical animation, Broadway and film projects.