Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy is a self-proclaimed HOT MESS. Often going by the nickname ‘LBB,’ she has also been called funny, sexy, ballsy, the Ambassador of Good Times, keeper of the bourbon, Kentucky Wildcat, mommy to the canine community, and of course, the Mayor of Crazytown.
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 her talent and determination took Bundy from her southern comfort zone to the bright lights of Broadway and now beyond.
Debuting at age 9 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 nomination, and Drama Desk nominations.
In addition to dominating Broadway stages, Laura Bell has also been spotted in front of the camera, appearing on network television shows such as Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Home Improvement, Malibu Country,”Becky” on How I Met Your Mother, a recurring role as “Shelby” on Hart of Dixie, and her current lead role as Dr. Jordan Denby on Anger Management. She also played the disgruntled teen “Marah Lewis” on Guiding Light. Taking television to the big screen, Laura Bell’s film work includes Dream Girls, Jumanji, Life with Mikey, The Adventures of Huck Finn, CMT’s first original movie To The Mat, Watercolor Postcards and Hallmark’s Dear Dumb Diary.
Throughout her time on Broadway, television, and film, Bundy remained true to her roots. With country music in her DNA, she began writing country music 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. “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. “Giddy On Up” was also featured on the popular video game Just Dance 3. “Shakin’ was the party and Achin’ was the hangover.”
Now as a Big Machine Recording artist, she is pushing those music boundaries even more. Her 2013 single “Two Step” featuring Colt Ford, answers the age-old question of what happens when you combine HOT, country, dance tracks and hip-hop beats. Laura Bell is also teaming up with Nashville producer, David Huff, to create a series of mix tapes entitled, ‘Beats & Banjos.’ These mixes include mash-ups of popular country songs with well-known country, pop and hip hop beats. Each tape features an LBB original as well and can be heard at soundcloud.com/laurabellbundy.
Laura Bell’s latest song release, “Kentucky Dirty” hit iTunes in November of 2013. The track references the singer’s good ole Kentucky roots and is featured in “The Sixth Man” – the highly anticipated University of Kentucky basketball documentary about the fans of Big Blue Nation. As a fanatical University of KY basketball supporter, Laura Bell could not be more thrilled to be involved in the film.
LBBTV was created to forge her own creative path and to pursue an overflowing whiskey barrel of comedic ideas. One of the most successful LBBTV projects to date is the sketch comedy web series, Cooter County (www.cootercounty.com). Cooter County has garnered more than four million upload views and a cult following that quote characters like Shocantelle Brown, Euneeda Biscuit, and Justice Goode, to name a few. These characters all live in the small fictional town of Cooter County, KY. “A small water tower town…with a meth lab,” jokes Laura.
In LBB’s own words, “The motivation is not to be famous. It’s to have fun until I drop dead.” She continues, “I want to make you laugh till you pee your pants and dance till you slip a disc. I want every night to be like Saturday night.” So hold on to your booty shorts…and let her entertain you!