Laura started playing guitar at age 12. At age 14, she began taking classical guitar lessons from Alan Knight. In the summer of 2001, she attended the Honors Program at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and afterwards attended the Residential High School program there, graduating in 2003. At SCGSAH, she studied with Lyman Golden, and at the University of South Carolina, she studied with Christopher Berg for one semester, before devoting herself to her composition and vocal studies. She has been writing songs since age 13, and recorded three albums of original songs during high school. She released an EP of original songs in November 2017.