Lauren has just released her debut album with the help of award winning vocalist Ian Shaw as producer. It premiered at the famous Dean Street Pizza Express in Soho, London and will begin touring around the UK and Europe this summer. Get a copy here.
Originally born and raised in Canada, Lauren relocated to London to pursue music on a new level just over 6 years ago. Daughter of an accomplished jazz trumpeter father and music teacher mother, it is no surprise that Lauren grew up to have such an aptitude for music. She ignored her gift for many years, certain that music would only be a hobby; taking voice lessons but was too afraid to perform. In 2004, on a whim, Lauren auditioned for her university big band, won the position and never looked back.
Traveling extensively around North America, Lauren has had some amazing opportunities to perform. Early in her career she was lucky enough to sing with the opening band for Maynard Ferguson. She has performed at the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall and the famous Pizza Express Dean Street in London. Lauren was a top 20 finalist in the Riga Jazz Stage Competition in Riga, Latvia in 2014 and was a Top 5 Finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2016, travelling to New Jersey to compete with the other 4 finalists where she performed for Shiela Jordan, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride among others.
Lauren is a resident singer of the Fliss Gorst Band – an originals win band that tours around the UK. She sings on their debut album called The Place for Methat came out in 2018. While starting to build a reputation for herself in London, Lauren has also built ties in other parts of Europe. She has a regular partnership with “La JazzLife Associazione” in northern Italy where she travels regularly to sing with her Italian quartet, performing with some of Italy’s best musicians.
You can find Lauren gigging in and around London.