Master Class: Laura Bell Bundy
About the Artist
Having grown up in Kentucky, almost everything she touches turns chicken fried. But her southern roots extend far beyond her hair extensions. Her passion for performing, writing music, and telling stories combined with talent and determination have taken Bundy from her southern comfort zone to the bright lights of Broadway and now beyond.
Debuting at age nine in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular was the fuel to the fire. Since then, she has originated the roles of “Tina Denmark” in Ruthless The Musical, “Amber Von Tussle” in Hairspray, “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde, and took a turn as “Glinda” in the smash hit Wicked. She has earned numerous nominations for her performances, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle nominations, and Drama Desk nominations.
In addition to dominating Broadway, Laura Bell has also been spotted in front of the camera, appearing on network television shows such as Steve Carell’s Angie Tribeca, Idiot Sitter, Royal Pains, Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Home Improvement, Malibu Country, the recurring role of “Becky” on How I Met Your Mother, a recurring role as “Shelby” on Hart of Dixie, and her leading role as “Dr. Jordan Denby” on Anger Management opposite Charlie Sheen. She also played the disgruntled teen “Marah Lewis” on Guiding Light. Bell’s film work includes Dream Girls, Jumanji, Life with Mikey, The Adventures of Huck Finn, CMT’s To The Mat, Watercolor Postcards, After The Reality, Hallmark’s Dear Dumb Diary, and Lifetime’s Becoming Santa.
Throughout her time on stage and camera, Bundy remained true to her roots. With country music in her DNA, she began song-writing at the age of 14 and started her first band at 18.
Laura Bell’s 2010 album on Universal Records, Achin’ and Shakin’ was heartbreakingly personal and joyfully rowdy and debuted as Top #5 albums on The Billboard country music charts. “Two records, one woman is my motto,” jokes Laura Bell, who penned all but one of the songs on the album. Her breakout hit from the Shakin’ set was “Giddy On Up” which reached #31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Charts and landed her a show stopping performance on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. She was nominated for CMT Breakout Video of the Year with “Giddy On Up” garnering 11.6 million views on Youtube. “Giddy On Up” was also featured on the popular video game Just Dance 3. Achin' and Shakin' earned a Gold Record in Norway and eventually led to her touring in Europe and internationally. Her 2013 single with Big Machine Records, “Two Step” featuring Colt Ford, answers the age-old question of what happens when you combine HOT, country, dance tracks and hip-hop beats. Bundy was featured in Rolling Stone magazine for being the first female country artist to incorporate hip hop and dance beats into her music. Her 2015 Big Machine album was released to rave reviews and her single “I Am What I Am” was Top 10 in Australia’s Country Music Charts and was heavily rotated on CMT. Laura Bell wrote, directed and produced all four of the music videos for this album.
Her YouTube variety series Skits-O-Frenic launched on October 21st, 2015. Charlie Sheen was one of her first guests. It features Laura singing, dancing and doing dramatic scenes/comedy sketches, but behind the scenes she is writing, directing and produces most of the content released with her LBBTV partners Tiffany and Brooke Engen.
Next up, Laura Bell is set to star as “Trixie” in an all new Broadway musical version of The Honeymooners alongside Hank Azaria, Leslie Kritzer and Michael McGrath.
She is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has written about her experiences with having a congenital heart defect in the Huffington Post.