Hometown: Annapolis

Current members: Laura Brino, acoustic guitar, piano and vocals

Founded in: 2001

Style: folk

Influenced by: Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple

Notable: Brino traveled to Los Angeles last August and recorded a six-song demo. She independently released a full-length album, "A Strange and Beautiful Trip," earlier this year. The Los Angeles trip was her first time in a professional studio with a producer.

Quotable: "I was challenged," Brino said. "I'm pretty used to laying down a track and it including little mistakes. I'm not a total perfectionist, and I kind of like the little imperfections in things. I learned with this producer that no matter how easy something sounds on a record, how live it sounds, there's a lot put into it to make it perfect."

The artist: myspace.com/laurabrino



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