Laura Smith is confirmed dead at the age of 67.
Laura was best known as a Canadian folk singer-songwriter.
Death was likely due to cancer.
RT @PQMiramichi: So many shows, interviews & chats. Evenings in Port Hawkesbury, Baddeck, Canso, New Glasgow, Springhill & Miramichi…
There is only one way to spend this Sunday morning. RIP Laura Smith. Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice wit…
Double substitution for @HTAFCWomen as Sarah Danby replaces Hannah Smith and Laura Elford replaces Georgia Stevens in the 62nd minute
RT @NESMUSEUM: In 1915 Edith Smith was the 1st female police officer in the UK to be given full powers of arrest. She was appointe…
@MatthewRyan101 Ok.. Nanci Griffith Janis Joplin Emmylou Harris Thea Gilmore Lucinda Williams Aretha Franklin Patt…
RT @MikeRegenstreif: I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend #LauraSmith and wrote a few words on the…
RIP Laura Smith @TheTweetOfGod #TragicDeaths 💔💐 #LauraSmith add some flowers to their gravestone at
@TwitterMovies Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Maggie Smith, Cher, Viola Davis, Shirley…
RT @MikeRegenstreif: I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend #LauraSmith and wrote a few words on the…
@LauraJFuller Thanks, Laura!
Laura Smith is no longer with us - #LauraSmith #Laura #Smith #rip
RT @ThatEricAlper: Award-winning Nova Scotia folk singer Laura Smith has passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by love, joy, m…
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend #LauraSmith and wrote a few words on the…
Rest In Peace Laura. We were privileged to host her a few years ago. Renowned Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Laura S…
RT @One4Article: @WoolseyLinsey @LastGreatAct @IngrahamAngle @AP @FoxNews Not Brett Baier or the “late” Shepherd Smith .... but only…
RT @ThatEricAlper: Award-winning Nova Scotia folk singer Laura Smith has passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by love, joy, m…
@WoolseyLinsey @LastGreatAct @IngrahamAngle @AP @FoxNews Not Brett Baier or the “late” Shepherd Smith .... but only…
💔 I'm so thankful I got to see her in concert many times. I wish the last time hadn't been so long ago. She's alwa…
RT @CharlieAngusNDP: RIP Laura Smith, an incredible Canadian artist. She sang with such depth and beauty. Please watch the video. It is…
Today's starting line up for the Reds. Bethan Davies Sophie Bell Lucy Turner (capt) Annie Ward Darcie Greene Be…
Laura Smith
BornLondon, Ontario[1]
DiedMahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresFolk, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bohdran, piano
Years active1989–2020
LabelsBorealis
Associated actsTerry Kelly
WebsiteLaura Smith
Laura Smith was a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. She is best known for her 1995 single "Shade of Your Love", one of the year's biggest hits on adult contemporary radio stations in Canada, and for her adaptation of the Scottish folk song "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" which she entitled "My Bonny". She recorded a version of this with The Chieftains, which they erroneously listed as "My Bonnie" on their album Fire in the Kitchen. In December 2010, that version received a nod for Song of the Decade from Bill Margeson at LiveIreland.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Smith was encouraged in her early writing by the noted poet Margaret Avison, then writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario. She began playing music as well, making her debut in area coffeehouses. She moved to Toronto in 1975 for nine years and in 1984 she moved to Cape Breton.
Smith released her debut album, Elemental, under the auspices of CBC Variety Recordings in 1989. It was recorded at CBC Halifax. Alas, unbeknownst to Smith or CBC, at about the same time, Loreena McKennitt released an album with the same title, so Smith's debut release was changed to Laura Smith when she leased back the masters from CBC. Her second album, B'tween the Earth and My Soul (1994) brought her national acclaim and earned her two East Coast Music Awards (Female Artist, Album of the Year) and two Juno nominations for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots and Traditional Album. The next year, 1997, she was awarded a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series.
In 2003, Smith was given an DHumL from Mount Saint Vincent University for her songwriting.
She continued to work through the 2000s, including two seasons on stage in Prince Edward Island in the role of Marilla in the musical Anne & Gilbert at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria-by-the-Sea and the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside respectively. However, through the decade she suffered three debilitating accidents which resulted in chronic pain. This led to the use of increasingly stronger prescription drugs which eventually led to dependence. She attempted to obtain a Music Therapy degree from Acadia University, but gave up her studies to concentrate on healing. She disappeared from the music scene for a time, but by 2010 she was performing again, having overcome her dependency through the adoption of non-narcotic pain treatment therapies. Her story was featured in a radio documentary which aired on CBC Radio One's morning program The Current on February 3, 2010. In 2010 and 2011 she performed several shows across Canada, touring with Ryan MacGrath.
In 2012 Cathie Ryan recorded a version of Smith's "I'm a Beauty" on her album Through Wind and Rain.
Smith completed her first recording in sixteen years, Everything Is Moving, in January 2013. It was released by Borealis Records on April 10, 2013.
Laura died of cancer on the 7th of March 2020, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where she lived.
Contents
1 Discography
1.1 Albums
1.2 Singles
1.3 Guest singles
2 References
3 External links
Discography
Albums
Year
Album
CAN
1989
Laura Smith
1994
B'tween the Earth and My Soul
86
1997
It's a Personal Thing
1998
Vanity Pressed: A Collection
2013
Everything Is Moving
Singles
Year
Single
Chart Positions
Album
CAN AC
CAN
1995
"Shade of Your Love"
6
42
B'tween the Earth and My Soul
"My Bonny"
33
1997
"It's a Personal Thing"
17
It's a Personal Thing
"For Better or for Worse"
54
Guest singles
Year
Single
Artist
Chart Positions
Album
CAN AC
CAN Country
1996
"Don't Take Me Home"
Terry Kelly
51
38
Far Cry from Leaving
About cookies on this site
We use cookies to collect and analyse information on site performance and usage, to provide social media features and to enhance and customise content and advertisements.Learn more
ALLOW ALL COOKIES
COOKIE SETTINGS