Laura Doherty
Laura Doherty “Laura Doherty is one of the best things of the decade to happen to Chicago kids” - Judy Sutton Taylor, Time Out Chicago

Laura Doherty is a nationally touring children's recording artist and award-winning producer with an ear for a catchy melody. She acoustically rocks your kid’s world with her breezy folk-pop tunes for the whole family! Her award-winning CD "Kids in the City" (2009) pays trib...ute to her kinda town...Chicago, and has hit the XM radio airwaves and garnered great reviews in the press. Using the Windy City as her inspiration, Doherty writes about the El Train, skyscrapers, the Farmer’s Market, the zoo, and all the wonders of the city, as seen through a child’s eyes. Laura’s version of “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” aired on the popular British TV show Dancing on Ice in 2010.

Doherty has recorded on several children’s CDs, including: Parent’s Choice award-winning “Songs for Wiggleworms” released in 1999. In 2005 she co-produced and performed on the follow-up CD “Wiggleworms Love You”, also a Parent’s Choice Award winner, both released on Bloodshot Records. In 2008, Doherty performed vocals on several songs written by nationally- known kids artist Ralph Covert (of Ralph’s World), for Walt Disney Co., and in 2010 began co-producing traditional children’s songs for Disney English, a division that distributes educational CDs worldwide. In 2011, Laura began recording vocals for Publications International’s “Record-a-Song” books, which includes Dora the Explorer and Thomas the Train songs, and will be distributed nationally in July 2011.

Laura found a comfy place in the acoustic-folk world early on, picking up the guitar at age 16. Originally from Westchester, NY, Laura came to Chicago after college and soon discovered the Old Town School of Folk Music, where folk legends like Roger McGuinn and John Prine honed their guitar styles. For over a decade, Laura was the the director and teacher in Old Town School’s Wiggleworms program. In 2009 she took a daring leap and decided to go full-time with kids music, showing an intense passion for bringing joy in the world via sweet folk-inspired songs.

Laura is no stranger to catchy, melodic songwriting for the folk-pop listener too. She previously released 3 recordings (one solo and two with her local Chicago band Sweet Hello). The inspiration for her first children’s song came while riding the El train. The words came easily and by the time she got downtown, her first kid’s song “El Train” was born!

Awards and accolades for “Kids in the City”: 2009 GOLD Parent’s Choice Award 2009 GOLD Nappa Award Time Out NY Kids Magazine - rated a top 10 kids CD of 2009

Awards for "Shining Like a Star" 2012 Silver Parent's Choice Award