Laura found her place in the acoustic-folk world early on, picking up the guitar at age 16. Originally from Westchester, NY, she came to Chicago after college and soon joined the teaching staff of the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music. For over a decade, Laura was the Director of the Old Town School’s early-childhood Wiggleworms program. In 2009 she took a daring leap and decided to go full-time with kids’ music, showing an intense passion for creating sweet, folk-inspired songs for children and families.
Before recording her own original children’s music, Laura co-produced Old Town School’s Wiggleworms Love You (2005), and has recorded educational songs for Disney Sound, with indie rocker Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World.
Often joined by her band of Chicago talent, The Heartbeats, on stage, Doherty has performed hundreds of shows at premier venues and festivals across the country, including Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion , Lollapalooza, Philly’s World Cafe Live, Boston’s Club Passim and many more!