As a child, Laura Bell Bundy’s wild imagination coerced her to play characters and tell stories right in her very own sandbox. To Bundy, it was simply the best way to have fun. It was this genuine love for performing, writing music, and telling stories that rocketed Bundy from her Southern comfort zone to the bright lights of Broadway and beyond.
Bundy’s theatrical resume reads like a wish list of the most coveted roles in recent Broadway history. It all began with a debut at age nine in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! At age 10, she originated the role of Tina Denmark in the successful off-Broadway production Ruthless, the Musical, for which she received the Outer-Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Next up was a chance to originate another role, this time as Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray. She followed this with a turn as Glinda in the smash hit Wicked and eventually blew the roof off the Palace Theater when she originated the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, a performance that earned her a Tony® Award nomination, as well as Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations.
In addition to dominating Broadway stages, Bundy has also appeared on network television shows such as “Cold Case,” “Veronica Mars,” “Home Improvement,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Malibu Country” and a recurring role as Shelby on “Hart of Dixie.” She also played the disgruntled teen Marah Lewis on “Guiding Light.” Taking television to the big screen, Bundy’s film work includes “Dreamgirls,” “Jumanji,” “Life With Mikey,” “The Adventures of Huck Finn, CMT’s first original movie “To the Mat” and the anticipated upcoming film, “Watercolor Postcards.”
Throughout her time on Broadway, television and film, Bundy remained true to her roots. With country music in her DNA, she began writing country music at the age of 14 and started her first band at 18. She connects with idols Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton over their shared love of Broadway musicals and performing country music.
Bundy’s previous album, “Achin’ and Shakin” came out of this inherent need to connect and have fun. The album captured two sides of this multifaceted performer, who penned all but one of the songs on the album. “Achin’” was a collection of sultry and soulful country songs and “Shakin’” was a group of sassy songs that were equal parts humor, confidence and attitude. Her breakout hit from the “Shakin’” set was “Giddy on Up” which reached No. 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.” It was a bold concept album that challenged the traditional music row formula for country females.
This need to create and connect has been Bundy’s inner compass and she started her own production company, lbbtv. The company is spearheaded by Bundy, along with partners Tiffany and Brooke Engen. The lbbtv team is currently producing the style web series OMC! (oh my country!) on the Countrynow Channel (www.youtube.com/countrynow). A mix of sketch comedy and all things related to country music and southern style, OMC! brings fashion in music to another level. Lbbtv continues to have many projects in the works with Bundy not only producing but directing as well.