by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Zeena Photography

Laura Roppé is still here and in a big way. The singer, songwriter, author and breast cancer survivor released her second album, I’m Still Here in 2011 and her first book, Rocking the Pink launches this March. “It’s exciting to touch people through my songs. That’s absolutely the best thing. And getting to play my songs for audiences that actually want to hear them – and hearing them sing along – that’s pretty dang exciting too,” says Laura, who lives in 4S Ranch with her husband, Brad, and daughters, Sophie and Chloe.

The video for I’m Still Here hit one million views on YouTube and Laura spent 23 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s chart of Top 50 emerging artists in the world, finishing out at #5 on the 2011 year-end chart. Laura, a former local attorney, also received national and international recognition for her first album, Girl Like This, with Float Away winning Single of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2009.

Her new memoir is also garnering accolades from some pretty heavy hitters, including actor Jack Black, Grammy winning producer Mark Hudson and Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America and fellow breast cancer survivor. “[Rocking the Pink] is inspirational, authentic and incredibly humorous. She’s not only a survivor, but a thriver,” says Roberts.

Throughout all her recent success, Laura remains grounded and undeniably real. After beating breast cancer – she is at the three-year mark since her diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer – Laura has come out on the other side with confidence that has allowed her to release her inner rock star. “I am by far more confident, more comfortable in my own skin and more authentic. I’m not going to lie – I’m not totally fearless. But I’m pretty close,” says Laura.

For Laura, the journey began with the support of her family and her network of girlfriends – friends who encouraged her to pursue her music career and write Rocking the Pink. “I owe a huge debt to my girlfriends. I would not be where I am today without them,” says Laura.

According to Laura, she is inspired every day by the idea that she can be the voice for anyone who thought it was too late to follow their dreams. “I am also inspired by my children, who are so full of life and believe that anything at all is possible,” says Laura.