Nicole Laurenne wears two very distinct hats. By day, the 43-year-old Phoenix resident, whose real name is Nicole Laurin-Walker, is a judge in the Gilbert Municipal Court and a mom to 15-year-old twins. By night, she sings and plays keyboards and organ with her husband, Michael Walker, in two of the Valley’s most popular rock bands — The Love Me Nots and Zero Zero. The Love Me Nots sell out shows in France, where they’re signed to French record label Bad Reputation, and the couple also writes music for a licensing agency on the side. Laurenne, also a breast cancer survivor after a 2010 diagnosis, talked about how she finds a balance in her very busy life, as well as talks about five reasons why she loves living in the Valley, below.
What brought you to Arizona?
I grew up in Chicago, I went to college in Michigan, and I came to Arizona for law school at University of Arizona because they offered me a really nice scholarship. It’s cheap to live here, the weather’s nice, you meet a guy, pass the bar, and you just stay. I moved up to Phoenix for my first job. Continue reading