Laughton Kora has been playing music since the age of six, appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until he was 17 years old, when he won Smokefreerockquest. His band, Aunty Beatrice, toured New Zealand and released a single. He moved to Queenstown and formed Soul Charge with members KP (Sunshine Sound System) and P Digsss (Shapeshifter).
In 2001, he headed to Wellington and formed Kora (2003–2012) with his brothers. Laughton toured extensively with Kora to Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Singapore and the USA. Since 2012, Laughton has forged ahead with his own solo project and has also formed duo Neon Ninja with Andy Keys (ex-Opshop). Laughton attended NZ Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School – and has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts. He featured on series two of Songs from the Inside, with Don McGlashan, Anika Moa and Annie Crummer, and starred in TVNZ’s drama series Coverband.