1. Hi Lauren, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Before I was born, my parents were musicians and missionaries traveling through South America. My father bought me my first guitar when I was 11 years old, and I have been writing and playing ever since then. I have also had incredible stage fright ever since I can remember. It took a long time for me to come out of my shell and share the music I had been crafting in the background for so long. There is something really special about New York City that strips everything you think you know about yourself away and forces you to refocus on what really matters. I moved here after college and knew that I was reaching the juncture of now or never. I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge and am finally making my dream a reality.
2. How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I love country music because it is so authentic and unassuming. I’m drawn to how welcoming the community is, how heartfelt the stories are, and how relatable the artists can be. There is no truer genre for me.
3. Who are some of your musical icons?
Kacey Musgraves, Johnny, Cash, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson.
4. How did you come up with the name of your newest EP “Here to Stay,” and was there any other names you were going to choose instead?
This album features six songs that are really six individual stories. I wanted the title of the EP to reflect and embody the fact that I am sharing a part of myself and a part of my life with the rest of the world for the first time. As an artist, I am putting myself out there with this piece of work that hits the ear like a diary being read out loud. I have so many more stories to tell and with this first project I want everyone to know that I am truly here to stay. This is only the beginning!
5. What is your favorite song off your new EP?
My favorite song on the album is “Worn Out Memory”
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
I see myself playing at the Grand Ole Opry! That is a huge goal of mine.
7. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I plan on releasing my first music video before the new year.
8. If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
I would sing a duet with Kacey Musgraves. She is my favorite current country artist and I am in love with her new album “Golden Hour”.
9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob Riis