Laura Bell Bundy, often going by the nickname "LBB", grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. Almost everything LBB 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 the age of nine in Radio City Music Hall's 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, and "Elle Woods" in Legally Blonde The Musical , 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, "Marah Lewis" on Guiding Light, "Becky" on How I Met Your Mother, a recurring role as "Shelby" on Hart of Dixie, and her current series regular role as "Dr. Jordan Denby" on Anger Management. 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. Laura Bell can also be seen in her original sketch comedy web series, Cooter County (www.cootercounty.com). Cooter County has garnered more than five million upload views and a cult following that quotes 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."
Throughout her time on Broadway, television, and film, Bundy remained true to her roots. With country music in her DNA, she began writing music at the age of 14 and started her first band at 18. Laura Bell penned all but one song on her 2010 album on Universal Records, Achin' and Shakin' -- a two sided album: heartbreakingly personal on one side and joyfully rowdy on the other. Her breakout hit from the Shakin' side 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.
Now as a Big Machine Recording artist and a Sony ATV songwriter, Laura Bell is pushing 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. "Two Step" was named #3 MCC's 2013 Top Ten Country Dance Club Hits. Laura Bell was also a featured opener for Rascal Flatts 2013 "Live & Loud" tour -- touring the US and Europe. Taking it one step further, Laura Bell has teamed up with Nashville producer, David Huff, to create a series of mix tapes entitled, ‘Beats & Banjos.' These mixtapes include mash-ups of popular country songs with well-known country, pop and hip hop beats as well as one of LBB original tunes. These mix tapes can be heard at soundcloud.com/laurabellbundy. Laura Bell was named one of CMT's "Next Women of Country."
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. Laura Bell is a fanatical University of KY basketball fan.
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!