Lara Ruggles grew up listening to Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Cat Stevens, Joan Baez, and the Judds. She sang her first concert in three-part harmony and won her first poetry slam. Her unique blend of avant-pop and soul-folk is passionate and powerful, even when sung from whimsical points of view such as the perspective of a purse. Lara’s piano and guitar-driven melodies invite the listener on a journey through soaring hooks, battle scenes and postcards written from well-loved and desolate desert landscapes.
In 2011 Lara released her debut EP, Out of an Eggshell, which has received radio play on “The Colorado Sound” and 97.3 KBCO’s “Locals Edition”. The song “Don’t Worry” made Lara a finalist in the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. More recently Lara won the Face Karaoke Contest and performed with nationally-recognized vocal rock band Face. She has also shared the stage with Janet Feder, Steven Vidaic of Citizen Cope, and David Rynhart of Chimney Choir and been honored as a finalist in the renowned Eddie’s Attic open mic competition.
In addition to performing regularly, Lara teaches songwriting workshops in schools and founded the Love Your Piano Project to get acoustic pianos into more community music venues. The Colorado Music Buzz says, “An incredible lyricist and expressive singer…Lara Ruggles as composer is fearless, taking some of her songs into a mostly unexplored, even modern classical, landscape.”