Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Lauren Reiner. I’ve loved music since I was young; it’s always been my center. I grew up outside New York City with my wonderful family. I have a really large cat named Mufasa. I am currently going into my last semester as a student at the Frost School of Music.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

All I’ve ever wanted to do is share my music and my voice with the world. I definitely think I’m still finding myself as an artist. The most important thing to me is producing music that is honest and emotive.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

“What I’ve Been Dreaming Of” falls in the jazz world. I take lots of inspiration from artists such as Norah Jones, Melody Gardot and Diana Krall.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

This song is about wanting to be in love with someone, but realizing that they aren’t on your mind enough for the love to be real.

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Tell us about the challenges you are facing as a musician.

I struggle with insecurity that makes me question my originality.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

This song was recorded with a trio made up of Rowan Barcham, Max Beck and Rory Green. We rehearsed for about an hour before the session and played the songs live in the studio.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

All I know is that I want to sing. Whether that’s as a backup singer or a lead singer, if I have the chance to stand on a stage behind a microphone every night, I will be content.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Singing allows me to escape. Writing allows me to tell stories.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Relatable lyrics, simple melodies, honesty.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Write as often as you can and track your practice time. Play for everyone.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

I’m really just beginning to release music that I’m proud of, so I’ll get back to you on that.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

My songs usually stem from personal experience. I have a burning need to release my emotions into song form.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with. 

Oh gosh… John Mayer, Norah Jones, Phoebe Bridgers, Mark Kozelek, and everyone else.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/laurenreiner

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/laurenreinermusic/
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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day was quite possibly my bat mitzvah. I slow danced with my crush and it was awesome. I don’t think my saddest day has happened yet, I am very thankful.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

A house that can fit 20 large cats and myself and maybe a wonderful boyfriend if there’s space.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

It is definitely tough to find the right balance, but I make sure to sing every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

John Mayer, Mark Kozelek, Jason Isbell, Sara Bareilles, Grateful Dead.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

Sing and travel.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

I think that being completely original in regards to genres in music is nearly impossible. I think originality comes from honesty and authenticity and that will never go out of style.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Connection. Music is the deepest connection I’ve ever known.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

Hmm… I’m all over the map. Some days I listen to the Grateful Dead, etc. and I listen to New Music Friday. No preference, I love both.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

Performing at Webster Hall when I was 13 years old.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

I would do my best to promote equality, kindness and safety. And also give everyone their own fat cat.


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