Laura Veirs grew up with only a passing interest in music but as a college student in Minnesota her introduction to punk rock led her to join an all female band. Travel to China to pursue her academic interests in geology and mandarin Chinese left her with time alone, where she often wrote songs.
After college she landed in Seattle and participated in open mic nights, where she connected with producer Tucker martine, who would become a long time collaborator and eventually her husband. Two independently released albums won critical acclaim in the Pacific Northwest and ultimately got Veirs a recording contract which produced “Carbon Glacier”, her first national release.
Veirs was dropped by her label after two records, but she continued with her own label to release several highly regarded albums. Along the way she and Martine married and had two children, leading Veirs to release a children’s album, which won a Parents Choice Award.
Laura Veirs and Tucker Martine recorded the latest Veirs album “My Echo” in 2018 while the couple was struggling with marital problems which ultimately led to a divorce. The 20 year relationship ended with a divorce settlement, awarding Martine rights to the new album and Veirs the house and custody of their children.