Laura Story

Laura Story is a worship singer/songwriter, originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She grew up loving music and playing piano and stringed instruments and aspired to be a symphony conductor.

In college, she met Shane Williams, of the band Silers Bald.  He soon asked her to join the band as their bassist in 1996.  She soon begin writing  some songs for the group. Five years and four indie albums later Laura Story’s manager encouraged her to go solo. She didn’t consider herself a strong singer at the time, but after much thought she decided to go for it.

In the year 2000 Laura Story released a solo independent album featuring songs she had written with Silers Bald and one new song, the album’s title track “Indescribable”.

Though she didn’t realize it at the time, that song would change her life. Four years later Chris Tomlin would record the song. It was a hit, spending 7 weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary Music Charts. Avalon also recorded the song.

As Laura Story’s song was becoming famous she released her second indie album There is Nothing. That year she also married her high school sweetheart Martin Elvington, moved to Atlanta, Georgia and became the Worship Leader / Women’s ministry leader at a large church there.

In 2006 Laura Story got a record deal. She signed with INO records. Her joy was short-lived, because two weeks later, she found out her new husband had a brain tumor.  Doctors removed the tumor, but in the process he got meningitis. He spent a long period of time in intensive care. Laura Story was by his side in rehab as he re-learned how to walk and how to use a fork. Martin still suffers from 50% vision loss and short term memory problems.

Laura Story’s trials would become an inspiration to many as she released her first studio album Great God Who Saves (2008), which featured the song “Mighty to Save”. She won the Dove Award for Inspirational Album and Female Vocalist of the Year.

The title track to Laura Story’s 2011 album Blessings reached #1 on Billboard Christian Songs Chart.  She also received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song 2012 and three Dove awards including Song of the Year.

In 2012, she and her husband welcomed their first baby, a girl named Josephine.