The ferocious debut— "Sold My Soul" — from Laura Wilde, the 22-year-old hard rock import from Down Under (Melbourne, Australia, to be exact) was enough to land her on the upcoming TED NUGENT tour. Wilde is exactly that. She's a hard-charging take-no-prisoners balls-to-the-wall rocker who wrote it all, sang it all, played lead guitar, bass guitar and drums on this, her gritty, powerful debut. Totally fearless, citing such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joan Jett, and Dave Grohl, Wilde intends to knock out crowds on her leg of the upcoming tour.
"It's truly an honor to be invited to tour the USA and I feel so privileged to be selected by such an established rocker, exclaims Wilde. "I promise to crank it up to 11 and shake the foundations before Ted brings the house down."
Playing her signature Flying V electric guitar (created specifically for her), Wilde writes the kind of songs that dig down deep into the essence of what makes rock'n'roll so timeless. Her music is bred of the pure mono-maniacal aesthetic that fueled all the greats from Chuck Berry on.
"I am really proud to finally present my debut album, 'Sold My Soul'. It is mostly an expression of the thoughts and feelings I experienced in my late teens. This album is almost an emotional journal touching on my dreams, wishes, lost loves and the adventure of growing up. It is an introduction to the body of work that I am really excited to share with my fans over time, a taste of things to come."
On stage, Wilde boils with raw, passionate energy, with all the fire and brimstone of an artist who has truly sold her soul to the music.
"If you have the spirit of rock'n'roll pumping through your veins," she says, "resistance is futile. You have no choice but to succumb to its power. It makes you crazy, it gives you the courage to do things you would never dream of doing. Rock 'n' roll is heaven and hell combined, but it's what I love and I'll fight for it to the end."
Laura Wilde, at 16, was playing bass professionally. Her bottomless capacity for guitar knowledge manifested itself at 17 during a well-timed job at an instrument store. She suffered through one year of college to please her parents ("I found the environment to be too suppressive and conservative," she says). At 18, her amazing chops landed her in recording studios as both a bassist and a guitarist for a plethora of major names. Her looks certainly didn't hurt as she wound up as a fixture on television ("Australia's Got Talent", as a presenter and part of the house band). Still, all she wanted to do was rock.
Now, with the release of "Sold My Soul", a video of the title-track single, and a series of dates with TED NUGENT, America will get to see what Australia already knows. Laura Wilde is the real deal. She will rock your socks off.