Actor and musician Laura Dreyfuss to compose song inspired by the Roan Highlands. Glee/Dear Evan Hansen artist teams up with nonprofit Sustain Music & Nature and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to create music for our public lands.
Sustain Music and Nature, a Fort Collins, CO based nonprofit that makes music a force for nature, proudly announces its upcoming Songscape will feature Grammy/Emmy award winning actor and BMG recording artist, Laura Dreyfuss. Showcasing the public lands surrounding the Roan Highlands of North Carolina in a retreat scheduled to take place this coming November, Dreyfuss’ song and the accompanying music video, shot by videographer Ben Ward, will premiere globally in 2022.
Sustain’s Songscapes are retreats that partner musicians with public lands to create new music inspired by American landscapes and highlight the environmental issues that those lands face. In a first for Sustain, the nonprofit is working in partnership for a Songscape with a land trust — the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). With SAHC’s intimate knowledge of the places they protect in western North Carolina, Laura Dreyfuss will get to experience the vast outdoor activities and ecology unique to the Roan Highlands. Crossed by the Appalachian Trail and holding some of the most biodiverse forests in America, the delicate ecosystem will in turn shape Dreyfuss’ songwriting.
Laura Dreyfuss is an accomplished actor in musical theater and television, well known for her roles in the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, Fox TV musical series Glee, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Netflix’s The Politician. She launched a solo pop music career in 2018 with the single “Better Things”, and quickly caught the attention of music and lifestyle press. When Catherine Santino first heard an audio recording of the singer, the writer noted in a LADYGUNN Magazine interview, “I’ve never been quite so transfixed by a vocal performance.”
“Music reaches people on an emotional level and provides a platform to highlight environmental issues as well as public lands across the US that need support. We’re grateful that Laura Dreyfuss’ talent will bring attention to the Roan Highlands in a way that no other medium can,” explains Betsy Mortensen, CEO of Sustain Music and Nature.
Songscape: Roan Highlands is the eighth Songscape produced by Sustain Music and Nature, following recent productions with Ben Sollee at New Jersey’s Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Conner Youngblood at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Salt Lake City. Proceeds from the finished song will support the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Sustain and Dreyfuss.
Laura Dreyfuss is an accomplished actor, singer, and songwriter, starring in Tony® Award-winning Once, Broadway phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen, FOX’s Glee, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and NETFLIX’s The Politician. Her honors include a 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Musical Theatre Album” for the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen and a Daytime Creative EMMY® Award in the category of “Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program” for “You Will Be Found” as performed on The Today Show. Working with producer Michel Hayaca, she introduced herself as an artist with singles such as “Be Great” [feat. Jeremy Pope], “Better Drugs,” and “Sidelines.” On Peaks (BMG), her 2021 solo debut EP, Dreyfuss’ electronic-inflected indie pop anthems are rooted in candid lyricism and uplifted by dynamic vocals.
Sustain Music & Nature is a nonprofit that makes music a force for nature. Using the emotional hook of music and cultural sway of bands, Sustain generates new audiences for our public lands. Sustain produces music videos for our national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, hosts Trail Session hikes and concerts, and produces a podcast exploring musician relationships to nature and creativity.