Lara Louise was born and raised in the city of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Listening to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, she taught herself how to play guitar. Later, she became influenced by jazz and bossa nova singers such as Madeleine Peyroux, Carla Bruni, Frank Sinatra and Astrud Gilberto, and was particularly drawn to French jazz. All these different influences make for a tasteful variety of classic songs, tied together with her unique style and voice.

After studying philosophy in the Netherlands, Lara moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she plays a lot of venues and private events. Either solo or with multi-intrumentalist and producer Gawain Mathews. Together they also record songs on a regular basis, which can be found on all the main streaming platforms or on CD.