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Laura Benitez
Laura Benitez

Laura Benitez

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Introduction: Laura Benitez is a singer, songwriter, and the founder of Bay Area-based country band Laura Benitez and the Heartache. Her songs use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Laura and her band have played festivals and clubs all over the West Coast and as far away as Nashville, TN. Her song "Our Remember Whens," was awarded an Honorable Mention in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest in January of 2016. Nothing is better than sharing music and connecting with an audience.

Hired 19 times

Serves Berkeley, CA

9 years in business

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Jul - Dec

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and punctuality.

Exceptional 5.0

14 reviews


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Mudit D.

Music Entertainment

Laura’s voice was very soothing and everyone loved her music! She was easy to work with created a very calm and happy vibe at our event
May 5, 2021
Bien M.

Music Entertainment

Laura is amazing and I’m so blessed to have her sing at my gf’s birthday in a few weeks. She is very prompt and professional. I can’t wait to meet her in a few weeks. Definitely 6 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Apr 5, 2021
Sheri A.

Music Entertainment

Laura was superior to work with from the beginning to the end. She always got back to me when I e-mailed her or called her, showed up at the event way before the start time, did a super job---she and all of her entertainers are terrific. Sheri Owner & Events Director A TOUCH OF CLASS ENTERTAINMENT tocceo@atouchofclass.tv
Dec 17, 2017
Carmen C.

Music Entertainment

Laura was amazing. An great musician with a beautiful voice. A true professional. Would hire her again in a heart beat and would recommend highly!
Aug 28, 2018
Lauren O.

Music Entertainment

Laura has a beautiful, clear singing voice, wonderful musicianship, and all the professionalism I could possibly have asked for. Laura tapped a contra-dance-calling and fiddle-playing friend of hers named Erik, and together they played an upbeat bluegrass line-up for my daughter's farm-themed birthday party at a tractor museum. The best part was the contra dancing, which Erik taught the participants in an easy-to-follow and friendly manner. Everyone got the hang of it and had an absolutely splendid time. Thank you so much, Laura and Erik, for making this event exactly the kind of birthday I'd hoped for my daughter. I really appreciate it.
Aug 23, 2017


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    In order to create a custom quote for your event, I factor in the following things: - Number of musicians needed - Length of time the band will play - Travel time from San Francisco Bay Area - Is sound equipment & set - up required? - Will we be providing extras? (Dance instructors, decor, themed costumes?)

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I typically message with a customer or speak with them over the phone to find out what type of flavor they want the music to bring to their event, to confirm the logistical details and to determine if my group is a good fit for them. I then work with them to create a custom playlist for their event, so they have a really clear idea of the music we will provide. I require a 20% deposit for event more than 2 months in advance, to secure the date.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have had more than 10 years of vocal training, and have been singing professionally in bands since 2006. I have been playing the guitar for over a decade, and I also play banjo, mandolin and piano. In addition to my vocal training, I have a bachelors degree in Theater Performance, so I'm very comfortable onstage! Having been in the music world for as long as I have, I am blessed to work with a wide circle of professional musicians, so I am easily able to provide everything from dance bands with drum kit, electric guitar and bass, to acoustic formations with guitar, banjo and fiddle. Wondering if I know a steel guitar, ukelele or accordion player? I do, just ask! I'm also a songwriter, so I'm available to craft a song for your special occasion.

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