If Janis Joplin was pretty you’d have Laura Jane Grace.
She has that wonderful raspy voice, earthy stance and deep sensitivity of Janis when she’s singing. Laura began her music career in punk rock. The genre answered her needs of rebellion against society at large and her portrayed gender in particular. She freed herself in 2012. She still leads her band “Against Me” in the recording studio where they record under their own label called Total Treble Music and on the road touring the US in concerts. Their solid fan base have been buying their 6 plus albums and attending concerts since 2005.
Laura has a colourful back story full of struggle and strife with the “authorities”. Now that she has released herself from gender bondage she seems to be taking a more positive approach to making it right. She recently recorded a “back yard session” with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett to raise funds for Miley’s newly founded charity Happy Hippie Foundation established to provide shelter and other benefits to homeless transgendered youths.
Although Laura’s transition has really just begun, she seems really comfortable with who she is on the outside. Laura continues to be a devoted father to her daughter and works with her wife to raise their little girl with love and support.
I encourage you to read about Laura in Rolling Stone Magazine and other similar publications and hear her music. Laura Jane Grace is a pleasure to listen to and exciting to watch on stage. Her songs are meaningful and she’s showing up as a force for good.