By the age of ten, Lauren Lucille was already writing folk and pop songs on guitar and piano. She took a few years off folk/pop to write and release a jazz album called ‘Hidden Here’ in 2012, which has been well accepted on national and international airwaves and also Qantas Airlines! A tune from the album made the finals in the 2012 QMusic Awards. Lauren is now back into writing folk/pop music full swing (WAS ON HAITUS IN ITALY AND IRELAND FOR SOME REST TIME AND IS NOW IN LONDON!) and is working solo and also with different musical line ups including a string trio! Her influences include Kurt Elling and Imogen Heap.
Lauren Lucille – Biography
Born in Toowoomba, Qld, Australia, Lauren was surrounded by music from an early age. Her original musical inspiration came from her parents, in particular the musical family of her mother, renowned jazz vocalist Sharny Russell. She could often be found at her mother’s gigs, learning how to swing before she even knew what swing was. Over the last 15 years, artists such as Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, Tierny Sutton, Gian Slater, Sara Serpa, Imogen Heap, Ani Difranco (to name a few) and also her mother Sharny Russell have all had a large influence on the way Lauren writes and performs music.
Lauren’s songwriting started at the age of ten, and through her teens, Lauren was writing folk and pop songs on guitar and piano. She is now acknowledged by her peers as a great composer and performer and was a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 QMusic Awards for two of her jazz compositions. James Morrison the great trumpet player added one of Lauren’s compositions to his ‘best of jazz’ list for QANTAS international and national in-flight entertainment! In February 2013, Lauren was added to the short list of 200 out of 1500 applicants for the APRA Professional Development Awards.
Lauren has been performing professionally since 2006, with national gigs in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, and international gigs in Italy, Ireland and London . She is blessed with a magnificent voice, a sound grasp of harmony and sophisticated rhythmic sense. Her desire is to travel and sing and ‘to make people feel something’ with her music. She has performed in the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival (Brisbane), Yeppoon Village Festival and the WOMAD festival in UK.
Lauren launched her 2012 released album ‘Hidden Here’ to a sold out theatre (200 people) at the Powerhouse in July 2012, and had an encore launch to which 100 people attended. This album has been received well by the general public and also by radio stations across Australia including ABC! She is wanting to take this album to festivals and venues internationally. In 2013, Lauren performed a tribute to Nina Simone at Australia’s top jazz clubs in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne with Brisbane and Melbourne selling out!
Lauren’s main focus at this moment in time is on the song writing and solo gigs. She has a whole new repertoire and is performing all over the Uk, with plans to do a recording of some kind!
She loves her job; loves singing; loves exploring her own voice and working with other brilliant musicians; but most of all, loves making people feel. Lauren Lucille’s debut album is sure to show it to the world.