L'Aura (Laura Abela, Italian singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and violinist)
Legal name: Laura Abela
L'Aura (born Laura Abela; Brescia, August 13, 1984) is an Italian singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and violinist.
L'Aura spent two years in San Francisco in preparation for recording her first record titled Okumuki, which was recorded in Italy and released in 2005. She sang part of it in Italian and part of it in English. The producer was Enrique Gonzalez Muller, who had worked with Nine Inch Nails, Kronos Quartet, Jason Newsted, Dave Matthews Band, and Joe Satriani.
In 2006 L'Aura participated at the Sanremo Music Festival for the first time with the song "Irragiungibile", a song which was quite successful in the Italian music charts and Okumuki was certified Gold in Italy.
June 9, 2007 saw the release date of her second album, Demian' (like the famous book by Hermann Hesse). The first single "Non è una favola", released May 18, was followed by a second single, "È per te", which was a duet with Max Zanotti, the lead singer of Deasonika. In the end of 2007, she showed an interest in representing San Marino in the next edition of Eurovision Song Contest 2008.
L'Aura took part in the Sanremo Music Festival 2008 in Categoria Campioni with the song "Basta!" ("Enough!"), which was a radio and TV success, quickly becoming one of the most downloaded singles from the festival. In February she released her first greatest hits album: L'Aura.
Also in 2008, L'Aura performed at the 1st May's Concert in Rome and the Heineken Jammin' Festival. In July 2008, she opened for Ben Harper and R.E.M. in Verona and Milan and Alanis Morissette in Torino. The second single from the L'Aura album, "Cos'è", was released on May 16, 2008.
On October 26, 2010, L'Aura released the EP Sei come me. On this release, she used the name L'Aura Abela. On this album, she worked with the producer Dado Parisini on all of the tracks, including an Italian language version of the Bonnie Tyler song "Total Eclipse of the Heart", named "Eclissi del cuore" (Eclipse of the Heart). In October 2011, "Eclissi del cuore" was re-released as a duet with Nek, another Italian singer. The single "Come spieghi" was also released in order to promote the album.
In 2011, L'Aura (again signing as "L'Aura" solely) re-released the Sei come me EP with "Gira l'estate", "Hello Goodbye" (The Beatles cover), the "Eclissi del cuore" duet with Nek and two brand new songs.
On November 26, 2012, L'Aura announced via her Facebook that she is pregnant with her first child, with her husband Simone Bertolotti. On April 25, 2013, L'Aura gave birth to her son, Leonardo Bertolotti.
In January 2014, L'Aura confirms she is working on a new album.
On May 8 2014, L'Aura was invited by her fellow Italian friend Laura Pausini to sing by her side during a show. They'll perform a duet on May 18 2014.