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Lauren Bateman has slowly been building a name for herself in and around Boston over the past few years. With a full-length release ready she now sets her aims on the rest of the world.

“I’ve Been Waiting” features fairly simple singer/songwriter tracks that sound very smooth and Bateman’s vocals, though a little nasal at times, are fairly pleasant. The album’s not groundbreaking or anything but keeping in mind it’s a debut album it’s actually a pretty good release.

While the tracks may be fairly simple, the simplicity of the songs actually benefits them. Because Bateman didn’t fall into the trap of trying too much at once she focuses on doing it well. The songs are strong and the lyrics are accessible without becoming too obvious or cliché, which is an accomplishment on itself.

Civil Again was the first song on the album that convinced me as it showed a little more fire than the previous tracks. Beautiful Face and Happy Ever After are pretty good songs. Especially the latter. Very good vocal performance and the arrangement has a couple of subtle, yet strong accents that give the track more power and sincerity.

With Linger and I Gave, Bateman shows a grittier side of herself. With more rock influences these songs have more power and energy and this is the side of Bateman I’d like to hear more in the future. Because the songs have more body they come off more convincingly and the songs benefit from the richer arrangements. Especially I Gave is a very strong track. Probably the strongest track on the album.

The closer Everything’s OK is decent but not the most memorable track on “I’ve Been Waiting”. All in all it’s a debut that shows a lot of promise and with a full band behind her, Bateman could grow out to be an interesting act to follow around. Her vocals have a lot of power and when there’s a little more fire and energy in the songs she allows herself to really get into the music. And those are the moments she excells. With a little more experience and more recordings under her belt I reckon this is only just the beginning for Lauren Bateman. - Inner Ear Media


Lauren Bateman has slowly been building a name for herself in and around Boston over the past few years. With a full-length release ready she now sets her aims on the rest of the world.

“I’ve Been Waiting” features fairly simple singer/songwriter tracks that sound very smooth and Bateman’s vocals, though a little nasal at times, are fairly pleasant. The album’s not groundbreaking or anything but keeping in mind it’s a debut album it’s actually a pretty good release.

While the tracks may be fairly simple, the simplicity of the songs actually benefits them. Because Bateman didn’t fall into the trap of trying too much at once she focuses on doing it well. The songs are strong and the lyrics are accessible without becoming too obvious or cliché, which is an accomplishment on itself.

Civil Again was the first song on the album that convinced me as it showed a little more fire than the previous tracks. Beautiful Face and Happy Ever After are pretty good songs. Especially the latter. Very good vocal performance and the arrangement has a couple of subtle, yet strong accents that give the track more power and sincerity.

With Linger and I Gave, Bateman shows a grittier side of herself. With more rock influences these songs have more power and energy and this is the side of Bateman I’d like to hear more in the future. Because the songs have more body they come off more convincingly and the songs benefit from the richer arrangements. Especially I Gave is a very strong track. Probably the strongest track on the album.

The closer Everything’s OK is decent but not the most memorable track on “I’ve Been Waiting”. All in all it’s a debut that shows a lot of promise and with a full band behind her, Bateman could grow out to be an interesting act to follow around. Her vocals have a lot of power and when there’s a little more fire and energy in the songs she allows herself to really get into the music. And those are the moments she excells. With a little more experience and more recordings under her belt I reckon this is only just the beginning for Lauren Bateman. - Inner Ear Media


Lauren Bateman has slowly been building a name for herself in and around Boston over the past few years. With a full-length release ready she now sets her aims on the rest of the world.

“I’ve Been Waiting” features fairly simple singer/songwriter tracks that sound very smooth and Bateman’s vocals, though a little nasal at times, are fairly pleasant. The album’s not groundbreaking or anything but keeping in mind it’s a debut album it’s actually a pretty good release.

While the tracks may be fairly simple, the simplicity of the songs actually benefits them. Because Bateman didn’t fall into the trap of trying too much at once she focuses on doing it well. The songs are strong and the lyrics are accessible without becoming too obvious or cliché, which is an accomplishment on itself.

Civil Again was the first song on the album that convinced me as it showed a little more fire than the previous tracks. Beautiful Face and Happy Ever After are pretty good songs. Especially the latter. Very good vocal performance and the arrangement has a couple of subtle, yet strong accents that give the track more power and sincerity.

With Linger and I Gave, Bateman shows a grittier side of herself. With more rock influences these songs have more power and energy and this is the side of Bateman I’d like to hear more in the future. Because the songs have more body they come off more convincingly and the songs benefit from the richer arrangements. Especially I Gave is a very strong track. Probably the strongest track on the album.

The closer Everything’s OK is decent but not the most memorable track on “I’ve Been Waiting”. All in all it’s a debut that shows a lot of promise and with a full band behind her, Bateman could grow out to be an interesting act to follow around. Her vocals have a lot of power and when there’s a little more fire and energy in the songs she allows herself to really get into the music. And those are the moments she excells. With a little more experience and more recordings under her belt I reckon this is only just the beginning for Lauren Bateman. - Inner Ear Media


Lauren Bateman has slowly been building a name for herself in and around Boston over the past few years. With a full-length release ready she now sets her aims on the rest of the world.

“I’ve Been Waiting” features fairly simple singer/songwriter tracks that sound very smooth and Bateman’s vocals, though a little nasal at times, are fairly pleasant. The album’s not groundbreaking or anything but keeping in mind it’s a debut album it’s actually a pretty good release.

While the tracks may be fairly simple, the simplicity of the songs actually benefits them. Because Bateman didn’t fall into the trap of trying too much at once she focuses on doing it well. The songs are strong and the lyrics are accessible without becoming too obvious or cliché, which is an accomplishment on itself.

Civil Again was the first song on the album that convinced me as it showed a little more fire than the previous tracks. Beautiful Face and Happy Ever After are pretty good songs. Especially the latter. Very good vocal performance and the arrangement has a couple of subtle, yet strong accents that give the track more power and sincerity.

With Linger and I Gave, Bateman shows a grittier side of herself. With more rock influences these songs have more power and energy and this is the side of Bateman I’d like to hear more in the future. Because the songs have more body they come off more convincingly and the songs benefit from the richer arrangements. Especially I Gave is a very strong track. Probably the strongest track on the album.

The closer Everything’s OK is decent but not the most memorable track on “I’ve Been Waiting”. All in all it’s a debut that shows a lot of promise and with a full band behind her, Bateman could grow out to be an interesting act to follow around. Her vocals have a lot of power and when there’s a little more fire and energy in the songs she allows herself to really get into the music. And those are the moments she excells. With a little more experience and more recordings under her belt I reckon this is only just the beginning for Lauren Bateman. - Inner Ear Media


Lauren Bateman has slowly been building a name for herself in and around Boston over the past few years. With a full-length release ready she now sets her aims on the rest of the world.

“I’ve Been Waiting” features fairly simple singer/songwriter tracks that sound very smooth and Bateman’s vocals, though a little nasal at times, are fairly pleasant. The album’s not groundbreaking or anything but keeping in mind it’s a debut album it’s actually a pretty good release.

While the tracks may be fairly simple, the simplicity of the songs actually benefits them. Because Bateman didn’t fall into the trap of trying too much at once she focuses on doing it well. The songs are strong and the lyrics are accessible without becoming too obvious or cliché, which is an accomplishment on itself.

Civil Again was the first song on the album that convinced me as it showed a little more fire than the previous tracks. Beautiful Face and Happy Ever After are pretty good songs. Especially the latter. Very good vocal performance and the arrangement has a couple of subtle, yet strong accents that give the track more power and sincerity.

With Linger and I Gave, Bateman shows a grittier side of herself. With more rock influences these songs have more power and energy and this is the side of Bateman I’d like to hear more in the future. Because the songs have more body they come off more convincingly and the songs benefit from the richer arrangements. Especially I Gave is a very strong track. Probably the strongest track on the album.

The closer Everything’s OK is decent but not the most memorable track on “I’ve Been Waiting”. All in all it’s a debut that shows a lot of promise and with a full band behind her, Bateman could grow out to be an interesting act to follow around. Her vocals have a lot of power and when there’s a little more fire and energy in the songs she allows herself to really get into the music. And those are the moments she excells. With a little more experience and more recordings under her belt I reckon this is only just the beginning for Lauren Bateman. - Inner Ear Media


Malden - Malden resident Lauren Bateman is a 24-year-old singer and songwriter who grew up in Medford with her mom and her sister. These days, she’s busy running from boxing training to open mic nights at local clubs. Readers can tune in to the songs she has available on [www.laurenbateman.com].

The Malden Observer caught up with Lauren in between those moments in her busy schedule.
MO: How did you get started in the entertainment business?

LB: I was always into music, playing piano when I was younger. My sister bought me a guitar when I was in high school as a confirmation present and I loved it, playing all the time (and) teaching myself how to play from one of the “how to play guitar” books she had bought.

MO: And your songwriting?

LB: I took piano when I was younger and wrote my first composition when I was about 12. I got to play this piece at my stepsister’s wedding. It was fun, but I would say my real passion for music came out on guitar when I was in college. I believe I was influenced by a lot of underground and undiscovered artists. They just had such a presence and such a passion for their music, which I found lacking in top 40 music. It inspired me to pursue music and perform. I wrote my first lyrical song in high school when I was 17.
MO:And that led to the songs you perform on stage?

LB: I started writing songs my senior year of high school, nothing impressive but it was where I started. I originally had written lots of poetry and found music as a new way to express myself. As I got into college, I began to write a lot more and take music a bit more seriously. I would play songs for my friend’s mom, who loved them. I said I liked playing them but no one else would probably like them. At which point she said, ‘How would you know? You never play them for anyone.’ So after graduating Boston University with a B.A. in Biology and Archaeology, I decided to take singing lessons and performed my first live gig in December of 2006 and haven’t stopped since.
MO: What was your first band?

LB: Well, the first time I ever performed was drums for my friend Jessie Rae in September, 2006. She needed a drummer for one of her shows and I said I would fill in. I had only been taking drum lessons for a month at that time but the show went great and I still play drums for her when she has shows. Jessie Rae’s a very talented singer/songwriter who grew up in upstate New York. I met her when I was in college. She actually got to hear a number of my songs before I had singing lessons. She’s a great artist influenced by the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge and the Counting Crows. Last year she released her first album, “Bare.” You can check her out on Myspace or on her Web site at www.jessieraemusic.com.

MO: How does a regional artist set goals and achieve them in the new millennium?

LB: I don’t think the setting of the goals changes much, but I think the methods through which people achieve them have evolved quite significantly. There are so many options out there now for you to promote yourself and your music that virtually anyone can create a decent fan base with a simple video recorder. Making music available to a wide audiences has been made easier through Myspace, Youtube, Garageband, etc. It always helps to have a good network, whether or not it's in person or on the Internet. As with any goals, I think the most important part of achieving it is having a plan and following through with it.
MO: Is this a hobby, a business or both?

LB: I would love to think of it as a just a hobby, but it’s also a business. But at least it’s a business that I’m passionate about. When you’re up on stage, how you promote yourself, (there are) business aspects to it. If you do a bad job at it, it makes people not want to come back.

MO: Do you find it more difficult as a woman to book gigs or is the playing field more level these days after Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar and others paved the way?

LB: To be honest, as a female performer I’ve gotten nothing but kind words from people when it comes to performing. Whether or not that’s from a push-up bra or from talent I don’t know. I think women as performers can be taken more seriously nowadays. People like Janis Joplin and Pat Benatar have shown that women really can rock and create great music.
MO: Who are some of your favorite female artists?

LB: Some of my favorite female artists? Just to list a few, Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge. I’ve never seen Sheryl live but the energy these women have performing and the passion they put into their music. It’s amazing. I would say the most inspiring and moving concert I’ve been to was seeing Melissa Etheridge at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. I mean, the atmosphere that surrounded her, the pure energy with which she performed. Just amazing.
MO: Who are some of your favorite artists in general?

LB: My favorite artist is definitely Chad Perrone (www.chadperronemusic.com). He’S just an - Malden Observer


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"Bateman's voice will grab attention...I've Been Waiting is a solid introduction to Lauren Bateman...." - Wendy Haskell, ww.reviewyou.com

"...Bateman shows she is an act worthy of our attention..." - Derek Nicoletto, www.reviewyou.com

“…a beautiful voice and a great sounding guitar!” – Susie Quattrocchi, Karmic Agency

“…a superb performance…” Joe Voglione, Malden Observer

“…sounded great!” – Laura Vecchione


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Sunday, Dec 13 7:00p
at Club Cafe, Boston, MA
Price: $20
Age Suitability: 21 and up

Lauren Bateman's music career is blossoming with the recording of her highly anticipated debut album "I've Been Waiting". The album, a poingnant and optimistic pop/rock project, is a candid collection of 10 songs written over the past six years.

Lauren is performing along with Kristen Ford to raise funds for her album.

Admission pays for 1 hour of recording time.

You can buy tickets through www.laurenbateman.com or www.clubcafe.com. - boston.com


Sunday, Dec 13 7:00p
at Club Cafe, Boston, MA
Price: $20
Age Suitability: 21 and up

Lauren Bateman's music career is blossoming with the recording of her highly anticipated debut album "I've Been Waiting". The album, a poingnant and optimistic pop/rock project, is a candid collection of 10 songs written over the past six years.

Lauren is performing along with Kristen Ford to raise funds for her album.

Admission pays for 1 hour of recording time.

You can buy tickets through www.laurenbateman.com or www.clubcafe.com. - boston.com


Discography

I've Been Waiting - 2010
Many Roads From Home Compilation CD - 2010
A Rocking Christmas - 2011
Here I Am - 2012
Lauren Bateman Acoustic - 2013

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As a childhood cancer survivor, Lauren Batemans knows the importance of living in the moment. That is why at the age of 27, Lauren quit her job as a research scientist to pursue a career in music. Her most recent release, Here I Am, shows that she made the right decision. “Every time I listen to this album, I hear how far I have come and I am so proud of how much I have grown as an artist over the last couple of years. It’s truly inspiring.”

Recorded at Shrewnshank and 6AVMedia, Here I Am shows the more rocking side of Lauren Bateman. Drawing from influences like Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile, Lauren blends her singer/songwriter roots with edgy guitar riffs and a big drum sound to direct the emotional flow of her new release. The soft then hard Rose Full Of Thorns explores the passions of love that have gone sore while the spirited title track, Here I Am, is a dedication to all those sitting around waiting for love to come knocking at their doors. Falling Away from you has a trance like feel that slowly builds into its climactic finale, and then releases itself into emptiness.

Some of the more rock oriented songs like Pieces of You, Unsung Hero, and Release Me feature crafty guitar work by Paul Tauterouff and touching violin by Pete Hartley. Release Me starts with lamenting violin that meets haunting vocal harmonies in the chorus and then explodes into a rock symphony. The drum heavy Unsung Hero is a tribute to soldiers that fight far away without recognition and showcases some of the amazing lead guitar work on the album. The upbeat and poppy Coffee Song, caps of the album with a surf inspired feel asking you “Why don’t you smell the coffee? I’m wide awake and you know I’m ready.”

Lauren had her first show in the penthouse of club Felt in Boston in December of 2006. Despite the cold weather, fans came from all around the Boston area so see Lauren’s solo debut. Equipped with only her acoustic guitar and a small PA, Lauren captivated her audience through the raw emotional honesty of her lyrics.

Here first album, I’ve Been Waiting, received recognition by being included on the Many Roads From Home compilation CD as well as the Songs Your Mother Should Hear compilation. She was a feature artist on Alternative Addiction in June 2010, and her song Guardian Angel was used in a pilot episode for the series Biker Chicz. Lauren has already had success with her second album winning the Tom Hess Music And Guitar Playing Contest with her song One More Time.

Now backed by a full band including band members Kevin Pineau on lead electric guitar, Felix Zapata on Bass, and Jim Treacy on drums, and Toby Leith on violin, Lauren’s live sound has evolved into a full pop/rock experience. “The band and I are just going to keep on getting better and making our live performance even more amazing. Every time I get on stage, whether it’s in front of twenty people or a thousand, I feel like I have found my way home. There is no stopping me now.”