Jansen, a Dutch-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and musician, chronicles those little
things, like cutting her hair, buying pink floral sheets, and venturing out for a drink with the guy
down the hall, on “Single Girls” — the deceptively simple, but emotionally devastating first single
from her debut album Bells, a dreamy collection of piano-driven alt-pop songs with lush
arrangements and intimate, intelligent lyrics reflecting the thoughts and hopes of an independent
girl alone in the world.
In the U.S., Jansen is a fixture in the constellation of artists associated with Los Angeles nightclub The
Hotel Café — a musical haven, creative incubator, and ultimately, national launching pad for such
confessional-minded artists as Sara Bareilles, Priscilla Ahn, and Joshua Radin, whom Jansen toured
with in 2008 and in 2011. Jansen’s songs were used in various television shows on MTV and ABC.
Jansen, being half American, half Dutch, was invited to The Netherlands in 2009 for a series of
appearances, which led to her signing with Universal Music. Debut album Bells (composed of Jansen’s
two previously released EP’s 2007’s Trauma and 2009’s Single Girls, plus “Use Somebody”), has
already gone platinum in Jansen’s native Holland and reached a #1 position on iTunes. Propelled by
“Single Girls” and a stunning cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” which has spent more than 6
months lodged in the Top 25 on the Dutch singles chart.
Jansen hit the road in Europe with her pal William Fitzsimmons as a member of his band as well as his
support act. In 2010 she sold out both headline tours of her own in The Netherlands, after which she
toured in Germany, Austria, UK as fans spread the word.
The year 2011 promises to be yet another exciting year, with Jansen’s debut album Bells being
released in the US, March 22nd and the rest of Europe May 27th and tours set up on both continents
We can't help but think that folks are gonna be all over this girl like wildfire in no time. Her music is
genuinely real and heartfelt. The melodies are amazing and her voice is absolutely incredible. Nothing
but killer tracks here..’ Baby Sue – “May 2011 Comics, Poems, Fables, and Reviews”
Anchored by little more than piano and Jansen's nimble slip of a voice, 'Single Girls' evocatively
captures the first delicate steps into the unknown of singlehood...’ - LA Times "Pop& Hiss – Feb 21st,
Heartbreak manifests itself many ways in this tender ballad (Single Girls).’ – USA Today – March 22nd, 2011
"Makes the little things magical." - AOL Popeater – Feb 16th , 2011
SXSW is also a champion of singer/songwriters and Laura Jansen captured the genre perfectly’.
We Came for the Music: 10 Bands to Watch’ by Tamara Conniff (former editor-in-chief Billboard) -
Huffington Post - March 18
The songs on the CD are beyond the straightforward pop song: melodic pieces are thoroughly puzzled
together into smooth songs with unexpected twists. Jansen’s voice isn't far removed from the loose,
bright style of Rickie Lee Jones, and works as a cool breeze..’ - Newspaper NRC (NL) - September 10