Laurie Hood has had a wide-ranging musical background. She studied piano from the age of six until her late teens, the last two years under the tutelage of Anton Kuerti at the University of Toronto. Then, in pursuit of another path, she and some friends from London and Toronto, including actor Victor Garber, formed a pop vocal group, The Sugar Shoppe. They recorded an album for Capitol Records which has recently been re-mastered and re-released on the Now Sounds label. The group performed live and on television, their most high-profile appearance being on the Johnny Carson Show.

After the group disbanded, Hood became a studio singer, in demand for jingles and background session work, as well as solo projects. In the late 1980’s she began to accompany dance classes, starting at Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, and then Canada’s National Ballet School, Dance Teq, George Brown College, George Randolph Dance Academy, Ryerson University, and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, to name a few.

She incorporates classical, blues, jazz, and pop influences in her accompaniment, and uses her voice as an added instrument. At home, she writes music on the computer for pleasure.