Born in Long Beach, California (USA), Greg Laswell moved to San Diego in 1993 and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University. From 1998 through the early 2000s, Laswell was frontman for the San Diego-based band Shillglen. The band released one album, titled ‘Sometimes I Feel’, in late 1999 and had some moderate success. The band quietly disbanded in October 2001 after Laswell suggested the band take a break. The band mutually agreed, but never regrouped.
Laswell released his first solo album ‘Good Movie’ in 2003. It was self-funded and self-released on his own label All the Rest Records, and won the award for Best Local Recording by the San Diego Music Awards in 2004. Following the album’s success, Laswell signed to Vanguard Records, and then recorded and released the EP ‘Covers’, which featured a cover version of This Woman’s Work.
His first album for Vanguard and his second studio album ‘Through Toledo’ was released in July 2006. The album was written during Laswell’s divorce from his wife. In spring 2008, Laswell joined the European leg of the Hotel Cafe Tour, hosted by Tom McRae. He released an EP titled ‘How the Day Sounds’ in March 2008, which preceded his third studio album ‘Three Flights from Alto Nido’, released in July. Laswell released a new full album, ‘Take a Bow’ in May 2010. His fifth album ‘Landline’ followed in April 2012.
In 2014, Laswell released his sixth studio album, ‘I Was Going To Be An Astronaut’, which involved remakes of many of his more popular songs, as well as a cover of Sparklehorse’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and a new song, ‘December’, which he had cut from a previous record. In 2016, Laswell released ‘Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet’, his seventh studio album.
- Greg Laswell. Wikipedia, retrieved 26 September 2018.