Maggie Laird has just released a new solo album, "One More Manhattan." Recorded in Nashville, this 5-song EP of originals is a reflection of her work in New Wave rock, jazz and theatre. Available now: CDBaby.
Laird is a Wisconsin native who has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. Her initial professional life was in the theatre, acting in companies in Chicago, North Carolina, and Seattle. Having played piano since age 4, and resulting from increasing experience singing on the theatrical stage, Laird was driven to perform in a band. Her first group was Blackwood-Laird, whose infectious pop songs hit the '80's Seattle scene and were played constantly on KJET Radio. Laird blends her musical and theatrical skills in original performance works (Please Pardon My Mush, Cleo’s Café, One Day I Woke Up, Life After Paradise, All Work All Play) which have been produced at Seattle Fringe Theater Festivals, On the Boards, the Bathhouse Theatre, ArtsEdge, Vashon Allied Arts New Works series and other Seattle venues. Her lifelong love of the American songbook finds an outlet with Island Jazz Quintet, and the Portage Fill-Harmonic Big Band. Laird also works as a solo pianist/vocalist and in a trio format performing originals, jazz standards, and covers by artists as diverse as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Peggy Lee. Maggie has taught privately in her home studio on Vashon Island since 1995.