Laura Roppé: Singer-Songwriter Author
Back in 2008, Laura left her successful legal career behind and rocketed onto the San Diego music scene with her first album, "Girl Like This," quickly becoming a favorite on a popular radio show in San Diego. Within weeks of her music debut, however, Laura was devastated to learn she had triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease, and immediately underwent surgery and seven months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Laura thought her musical dreams, and perhaps her very life, were over. But when Laura's cancer treatments finally ended in 2009, "Girl Like This" was nominated for Album of the Year, and her song, "Float Away," won Americana Single the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood, California. Laura launched a tour of the UK to promote "Girl Like This" and her music found a home in multiple major BBC radio markets, and landing as high as No. 5 on the Amazon UK charts.
Throughout her cancer treatments, Laura continued to write music, but with a new sense of purpose and clarity. Throughout 2010, Laura recorded those songs, and she also wrote a book about her musical/life/cancer adventures.
In early 2011, Laura released her sophomore album, "I'm Still Here," of the songs written during her cancer treatments. The album was produced by Matthew Embree, the frontman and lead guitarist of indie rock sensation, Rx Bandits (who also happens to be Laura's beloved cousin). When Laura released her new album, she was eager to find out if the world would embrace her new clarity. It wasn't long before Laura received her answer: Billboard ranked Laura No. 3 on its list of the Top 50 emerging artists in the world (and Laura remained on the chart for twenty-three consecutive weeks). Respected UK music magazine, Maverick Magazine, raved that "I'm Still Here" is a five-star, "must-have" album (February 2011 issue); and influential music blogger Wildy's World called it a "brilliant and emotionally naked artistic turn."
Laura has found success on the internet, too: Her music video for "Heart Inside Your Palm" amassed 250,000+ views in five days; her video for "George Clooney" garnered Youtube Honors in Canada, Australia, Spain, India, Japan, France, and Germany; and her music video for the title track, "I'm Still Here," has surpassed 1,000,000 views and earned Youtube Honors as the 31st most watched video on all Youtube. (Check out these videos, and more, on the VIDEOS page of this site!)
Meanwhile, Laura's funny and poignant memoir, Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer, is now available at (on-line and at brick and mortar) bookstores everywhere through publisher Seal Press, an imprint of Perseus Books.