Biography

Inspired by Southern family roots and an upbringing in rural Warren County, New Jersey, singer-songwriter Lauren Christine has always been drawn to country music and its honest, grassroots message of hometowns and heartbreaks.  From a young age, Lauren was influenced by 1950s and 1960s country and rock, particularly the music of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, as well as classic rock of the 70s and 80s.  Her elementary school years were influenced musically by the rise of a new generation of women in country music, when the careers of stars like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift took off.  Throughout high school, the voices of Underwood, Lambert, and Swift provided the soundtrack for Lauren’s teenage years and inspired her to start singing publicly in her church and high school choirs.  High school was a critical turning point in Lauren’s musical career, when her plan of going to college to become an equine veterinarian shifted to a dream of becoming a singer.  Through participation in cabaret-style performances, choral concerts, jazz ensemble, and musical theater productions, Lauren quickly developed a hunger for the infectious energy of being on stage.  She began gaining the confidence she needed to perform solos, and during her sophomore year of high school she performed her first solo at her high school’s annual “Broadway Night.”  She continued to find opportunities to perform solos at school concerts and showcases, sometimes accompanying herself on the piano.  After graduating from high school, Lauren decided to pursue a classical vocal training at Mason Gross School of the Arts to improve her vocal technique and explore other genres of vocal music.  With college came new experiences, not only academically and musically, but also socially, and Lauren discovered songwriting as an outlet of expression for both the joy and heartbreak these new experiences and relationships brought with them.  During her junior year of college, Lauren had the opportunity to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and travelled to London, England to live and study for a semester.  Lauren’s experiences abroad became a great inspiration for her songwriting process, and many of the people she met and memories she made are fondly woven into her lyrics.  Through her years of classical training, Lauren has studied with Ms. Nancy Gustafson (Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera), Ms. Joan Rodgers (Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera), and Mrs. Amy Shoremount-Obra (Metropolitan Opera).  Despite being classically-trained, Lauren's heart has remained in country music.  She also maintains interest in musical theater, jazz, rock, and pop music.  Two months after her college graduation, Lauren packed up her truck and moved to Nashville, TN with little more than her belongings, enough money saved up to pay rent, and a dream of becoming a country singer.  Her first opportunity to sing in Nashville came when she was hired as a singing server at the Opry Backstage Grill, a position that she kept for about a year and a half before quitting to sing full-time on lower Broadway.  While working at the Grill, Lauren played her original music in various open mics and writers rounds throughout Nashville, including the Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café, and The Dawghouse on Demonbreun.  She also played a few acoustic shows at other venues before being hired in September 2017 to sing at Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, and Honky Tonk Central.  Since then, Lauren has been playing both acoustic and band shows at these three bars and has expanded her reach to several other bars along Nashville's lower Broadway.  Being in Nashville has  given Lauren the opportunity to play open mics, attend writer's rounds, and co-write with other Nashville songwriters.  By drawing on her own personal experiences and infusing her music with authentic emotions, she hopes to connect on a personal level with her audience and demonstrate the power of music as a universal language.

© 2018 Lauren Christine Music

 

Images ©Elle Photography / ©Emily Anne Photography

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