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Laura Branigan

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Armonk, New York, USA (1957 – 2004 †)

Laura Branigan was a singer, songwriter, and actress born on July 3rd 1957 in the upstate New York town of Brewster and raised in nearby Armonk, New York, USA. It wasn’t until her senior year in high school, where she performed the lead role in a school musical, that she began to consider a career in entertainment. After graduation from high school, Laura moved to Manhattan and attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

In the early 1970s Branigan was a member of the band Meadow, which released one album in
1973 called The Friend Ship. In the late 70’s she toured Europe as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen. Upon Laura’s return to New York, it became clear to her that she wanted to pursue a career as a solo artist. Laura’s powerful talent, as well as her drive and determination, led to her being signed by Atlantic Records founder, Ahmet Ertegun. Her first album, known as Silver Dreams, was to be released in 1981 but it was canceled due to a contract lawsuit with her management.

Laura’s first major appearance on the pop scene was with the anthem “Gloria” in 1982, which has become the signature song of her career. The track came from Laura’s debut album, Branigan. “Gloria” was a multi-platinum hit single, rising to the top of the Billboard charts and staying on the charts for an amazing thirty-six weeks. Laura received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocalist Female for the song.

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