Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkPop

Lauren Campbell is a spirited young musician born and raised in Orillia, Ontario who is captivating audiences with her intimate blend of folk-rock and pop (ala Fleetwood Mac). Backed by The Dusty Figurines and produced by Moe Berg, Lauren released her S/T EP in April 2011.

Biography

“When Lauren Campbell writes, she writes honestly and without reservation.”- Jaymin Proulx, 2011

Born and raised in Orillia, Ontario, home to the famed Mariposa Folk Festival, Lauren Campbell was raised to the songs of Canadian folk legends. Lauren began to play and write her own music at a young age, drawing inspiration from artists such as Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. In pursuit of collaborators and developing her craft of songwriting Lauren left Orillia in 2009 to attend the prestigious Music Industry Arts Program in London, Ontario. It was here that Lauren began to collaborate with another young songwriter, David “Tokyo” Speirs, forming “Lauren & Tokyo” shortly thereafter.

During this time Lauren developed an interest in taking her songs from the studio to the stage. Lauren began to sing alongside other acts to build her comfort with the challenges of live performance. With a growing comfort on stage, Lauren looked to more collaborators to bring her own unique sound to public ears. She began to work with James Fox, Pete Moss, and Adam Cannon (now known as the Dusty Figurines) writing new songs for a then, undefined project.

In the winter of 2010, Lauren entered the studio with producer Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness, The Cliks) to begin work on a few songs Lauren had written. Under the influence of Moe’s punk sensibilities the band stepped outside of their humble folk past and into the exciting world of folk-rock. Inspired by this direction, Lauren took a collection of old and new songs into the studio and, supported by the Dusty Figurines, recorded her debut S/T EP. The EP is a beautiful, blended representation of Lauren’s growth in her abilities to write memorable and endearing songs. Lauren’s unique vocal delivery and pop sensibility is a refreshing addition to the indie folk rock world and the “Lauren Campbell and the Dusty Figurines” EP is a delightful glimpse into the future of a talented, ambitious and inspired folk songstress.

Update:
Lauren Campbell & The Dusty Figurines' music video for "Southbound" can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE0BMPA4I8w

Lauren Campbell & David Speirs' song "Goodbye Daisy" was featured in Modcloth's latest online Style Book. The video can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6WzanxfUmA

Lauren's song "Southbound" was featured in CBC's television show "Heartland". Airing October 2, 2011, the song made it's national T.V debut! (Episode 3, Season 5 - "What's In A Name")

Lyrics

Southbound

Written By: Lauren Campbell

I'm so caught up in the rear view mirror
The highway has become my home
The glass is foggy but this couldn't be clearer
I've never felt quite so alone

Say "It's alright"
Tell me everything will be okay
Say "It's alright"
I'll call you at the end of the day

I don't wanna go, don't wanna take this long road
Ignore the signs, I've got to stay inside the lines
But I'm crying on the shoulder
Of the highway going southbound

I'm dreading your last words, as we're saying good-bye
"I'll see you soon", but that's not soon enough
All I wanted was a little bit longer
Forgot the road would be this rough

Say "It's alright"
Tell me everything will be okay
Say "It's alright"
I'll call you at the end of the day

I don't wanna go, don't wanna take this long road
Ignore the signs, I've got to stay inside the lines
But I'm crying on the shoulder

I don't wanna go, don't wanna take this long road
Ignore the signs, I've got to stay inside the lines
But I'm crying on the shoulder
Of the highway going southbound

Sunday sees the homebound
Caught up in thoughts and not sound
Wishing I was somewhere else
Monday brings the new found
Keeping my feet to the ground
I can't afford to turn back now

Goodbye Daisy

Written By: Lauren Campbell & David Speirs

Goodbye Daisy

Lost in the pages, I'll be the one you left behind
Never a reason, it must be the season, or the ink has run dry
Sitting there waiting on the bookshelf, beside the dusty figurines
Flipping through all of the old entries, trying to figure out just what it means

[Chorus]
I don't wanna be another journal entry
I'm looking for something just a little bit more
And maybe for this you'll think I'm crazy
But I'm closing the cover, so goodbye daisy

Today is the day that you open the pages and write it out
Jotting in clusters, what not you'd have mustered to talk about
The petals and leaves only happen to breathe when something's new
The sun only seems to shine on me when it's hiding from you

[Chorus]

Bridge:
Lost in the pages I forgot wilted petals on the memories between forget-me-nots
I don't wanna be an afterthought, call me selfish but I wanna be everything you've got

[Chorus]

Seeing Stars

Written By: Lauren Campbell & James Fox

Seeing Stars

Now that you are sleeping
I know that you’re safe
You’ve entered another world
Much different than this place

I wish that I could follow
But my heart just won’t allow
I’ve been tossing and turning in my bed
For a few nights now

[Chorus]
Do you believe in the kind of love that makes you see stars?
That lifts you higher than any mountain and never brings you back down?

Like a song I heard on the radio, “I wanna hold your hand”
I promise that I won’t let go, unless you demand
My feet seem to be off running in the direction of you
But my mind is staying in its place wondering what should it do

[Chorus]

Bridge:
I see it all around me
On TV, in movie scenes
I read about it a lot lately
In books and magazines
I know that it’s out there; it’s all that I ask for
But I’ll just have to wait my turn, until you come knocking on my door

Discography

Lauren Campbell and the Dusty Figurines- S/T EP (April 2nd, 2011)

Set List

Southbound
Hopeful Reply
Reflection
Goodbye Daisy
Going, Gone
Dreamt
Seeing Stars