Laura Ault grew up in Summit County, attending Dillon Valley Elementary and later, Summit High School, before moving east to pursue her passion for singing and songwriting. Now, she is in the running to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman, what she sees as her shot to make it to the big time.
Not that she hasn't been putting in the legwork. Ault has two albums out, her debut "All of the Above" and a second release titled "The Greatest Thing," both of which are available at iTunes and major online retailers. The albums feature "flavors of many different genres including country, rock, pop, Latin and even cabaret," said Ault. "All my songs are very lyric-driven. People say my music is witty, singer/songwriter pop with an eclectic twist."
She recently won the Red Bull Soundstage competition, and now two of her songs will be featured in upcoming movie releases, including "He's Way More Famous Than You" with Ben Stiller, Jessie Eisenberg and Vanessa Williams and "We Made This Movie" directed by Rob Burnett. "Actor and director of the film, Michael Urie, asked if I could write a wacky song for the lead characters to sing at the end of the movie and of course I had a blast with that," Ault said.
The Letterman contest is a continuation of the movie competition. The 24 finalists are up for the audience choice award, which is voting-based. The finalist with the most votes gets to perform on the Late Show. Daily voting runs through Aug. 7 at 11:59 p.m. at www.redbullsoundstage.com. Voters are entered to win an all-expense-paid trip to New York to see the winner perform.
"I need everyone and their dog to vote for me ... every day through August 7!" Ault said. Votes can also be cast by "Liking" her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lauraaultmusic) and clicking through to her personal voting page with Red Bull. "Another way to show support is to share my voting link via Twitter and on your Facebook page, asking your friends to vote too. I truly am relying on the kindness of strangers to help me fulfill a lifelong dream. I cannot do it without you. Thank you in advance."
Although she did not discover her passion for singing and songwriting until later, Ault credits her Summit County experience in high school choirs and musicals for influencing her life's direction. "I still love musicals, and I think when you listen to my music you can hear the influence they have had in some of my songwriting," she said.