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LAUREN JENNIFER

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LAUREN JENNIFER WHAT HAPPENED?

Hi Lauren. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

My Mum & Nan were a part of an amateur dramatics society so I was basically born straight into panto! I did my first show at the age of four which was Aladdin and I just fell in love with being on stage. It felt like the most fun place on earth and still to this day, performing on stage is the place where I enjoy myself the most.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

My name is Lauren Jennifer, also known to some as The Goth Cowgirl. I’m an American Singer & Songwriter from Suffolk – yes that is the same place Ed Sheerans from! 

What was life like for you before music?

A lot less busy, but nowhere near as fulfilling!

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Might surprise a few people, but White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn. I must’ve been 10 or 11 & it was panto season. The cast were hanging out in the theatre between shows when one of them got up on stage & started singing that song. For those few minutes everyone in that room was absolutely transfixed & moved by her performance, myself included. It was the first time I was witness to just how magical music could be and the moment I realized that making that magic is how I wanted to spend my life. It was also the moment I became a lifelong Vera Lynn Fan!

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

If you had to put me in a box I suppose ‘Emerging, Independent Artist’ is the category I’d fall in.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Gonna sound proper cheesy but it’s probably that it’s never too late to go for it in this business. You’re never too old and it’s not too late to achieve your dreams. Just look at Jelly Roll for instance!

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I was an extra in a Harry Potter film.

I have performed at Bloodstock Festival.

I have done both a 135 foot abseil & a skydive for charity. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

I hate to say it, but as an independent artist, right now the reality is that it would be money & time. I still work full time as a Mental Health Support Worker for the NHS so trying to find the balance between working long shifts on the ward and fitting in doing all my musical endeavors can be a struggle. Having the money to be able to support myself and have the time to focus on music fully would be pretty handy! 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

As a serial overthinker – definitely! But I try my hardest to not let it affect me expressing myself in my art too much as I know in my heart that I’m a good person who will stand up for what she believes in but is also open to learning, growing and gainer a deeper understanding on things. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

Oooh, I love a conspiracy theory me! I draw the line at the earth being flat though!

What was the worst experience on stage?

So, and I’m touching wood as I say this, aside from maybe a few minor sound issues, I haven’t had anything too bad happen whilst I’ve been on stage. Not including when I was a ickle toddler doing a ballet show & my tutu fell down when I was on stage haha!

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I get pre show nerves! It used to be so bad that I’ve even thrown up & had panic attacks right before performing! Luckily I can now manage my nerves with my pre show ritual of dancing along to some Fleetwood Mac and doing some rounds of EFT before I head out. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

Being mindful of the genre I’m in I’d probably say my appearance! I’ve performed at some events where people haven’t know who I am prior & have come up to me afterwards and said “when you walked on stage I was expecting you to sing heavy metal!”

It’s fun surprising people like that! 

LAUREN JENNIFER

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

I wrote this song when the Roe V Wade Law was brought back to the forefront of the news as it was at risk of being overturned. I never thought I’d write a political song but I was so angry that in this modern age the patriarchy are STILL trying to strip women of their autonomy & fundamental human rights, that it just came pouring out of me.

I want this song to make people feel something & take people on a journey when they hear it. I wrote it with the wish that not only does it give hope & strength to those who need it but that it also puts the fear of Goddess in those who contributed to it needing to have been written in the first place.

What was the recording process like?

So awesome. I recorded it at Black Cactus Studio in Colchester with my guitarist Ben who played all the instruments you can hear on the track. The studio has such a chilled vibe and AJ the producer really worked with me as an artist to achieve the sound I wanted. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I think with every song you learn something not only about songwriting but about yourself as an artist. With Witches for me, it was discovering that I can draw on experiences, that although are relatable, are not necessarily my own and still produce a powerful song with meaning.

Would you change anything now its finished?

No. It happened exactly how it was meant to happen and I’m so proud of the finished product!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I’d be a bit silly not to use this opportunity to give my socials and music a lil plug I guess…

My music is available on all music platforms, so pick whichever one tickles your pickle and give it a listen on there!

And if I haven’t bored y’all senseless during this interview & you wanna find out more about me/keep up to date with my musical shenanigans then give me a follow on socials

Thank you! 

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