Lauren Kinhan
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Lauren Kinhan

Hampton Bays, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | INDIE | AFTRA

Hampton Bays, New York, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2000
Band Jazz Singer/Songwriter


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"Downbeat Magazine"

4 STARS!!!
Kinhan certainly might have had an easier path to solo success had she chosen to sing the usual Great American Songbook standards or vocalese. On Circle in a Square, like the last two, she sings her own idiosyncratic tunes, which defy category and overflow with surprising turns of phrase and melody. She now makes a decisive, ambitious turn toward pur jazz, married to personal, often impressionistic lyrcs.
Once again she has assembled a crackerjack rhythm section (Andy Ezrin, Ben Wittman and bassists Will Lee and David Finck) and formidable guests including McCaslin, Lubambo, trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Joel Frahm, who each contribute to two songs; as well as impressive solos by guitarist Chuck Loeb and accordionist Gary Versace, who supplies the spice on the disc's sexy tango, "Chaussure's Complex" (it has something to do with shoes). Kinhan executes the most intricate passages flawlessly, whether jumping octaves at high speed on "Vanity's Paramour" or romping through the bebop changes of "Bear Walk." "The Deep Within," a tone poem of spiritual yearning, is a stunner. - Allen Morrison

"Jazz Times"

"Kinhan has never shone brighter."

Lauren Kinhan is, as both a longstanding member of New York Voices and a solo artist, a tremendously gifted jazz singer. The added advantage of Kinhan's individual releases is that they showcase her estimable songwriting dexterity. On her third solo album, working wtih keyboardist Andy Ezrin, drummer Ben Wittman and alternating bassists David Finck and Will Lee, Kinhan delivers a dozen striking originals, several featuring top-tier guests.
She opens with the free-floating title track, a joyous reconfirmation that music is the food of love, dually propelled by trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Ada Rovatti. Brecker returns, partnered with Japanese guitarist Jiro Yoshida, for the loose, ambling "Bear Walk." The soulful, torch-lit "Another Hill to Climb" is gently dusted by a Sara Caswell-led string quartet, while the charring, wordless "Chasing the Sun" pairs Kinhan with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo. Organist Gary Versace adds sizzle to the smoldering tango "Chaussure's Complex," and New York Voices compatriot Peter Eldridge joins her, not on vocals but as co writer and pianist, for "The Deep Within," a poetic meditation on the resiliancy of even the most battered heart.
Chief among the assembled talent is, however, deftly intuitive producer Elliot Scheiner, celebrated for his work with Sting, Paul Simon and Steely Dan. In his expert hands, Kinhan has never shone brighter. - Christopher Loudon


"...four original songs, of which my favorite is As We Live and Breathe, co-written by Lauren Kinhan and Eve Nelson, with Lauren singing the lead vocal radiantly against a lovely background. - Tony Augarde


Lauren Kinhan, Circle in a Square, Dotted i Records, 2014

New York Voices, Let it Snow, Five Cent Records, 2013

New York Voices LIVE with the WDR Big Band, Palmetto, 2013

Lauren Kinhan, Avalon, Eone Entertainment, 2010

JaLaLa "That Old Mercer Magic", Dare Records, 2009

Moss,  Moss, Sunnyside Records, 2008

New York Voices,  A Day Like This, MCG Records, 2007

Paquito DRivera with the New York Voices,  Brazilian Dreams, MCG Records, 2002 2003 Latin Grammy Winner

New York Voices,  Sing, Sing, Sing, Concord Records, 2001
Jiro Yoshida and Lauren Kinhan,  Guitar and the Moon, King Records, Featured Vocalist on Traditional Jazz Project, 1999

Elton John and Tim Rice,  Aida, Backround Vocalist, 1999

Lauren Kinhan,  Hardly Blinking, The Orchard, 1999

Don Sebesky,  I Remember Bill, RCA Victor,  NYV guest artists on Very Early, 1998

Billie Crawford,  Billie Crawford, V2 Records  Co-Songwriter of Fly and You Got It Backround vocalist on Fly, You Got It and Tragedy, 1998

Jim Hall,  Arrangements, - NYV Guest Artist Perform Waltz For Debby and The Wind, 1998

Astrud Gilberto,  How High the Moon NYV Guest Artist Perform, 1998

Gil Parris,  Gil Parris,  RCA Victor Solo guest artist on Dont Wanna Be Lonley Tonight, 1998

Miscellaneous Artists Tribute to the Carpenters, King Records,  Solo guest artist on Rainy Days and Mondays and NYV performs Superstar and Hurting Each Other, 1998

New York Voices, New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon, RCA Victor, 1998

Count Basie Orchestra and the New York Voices,  Live at the Manchester Craftsman Guild, MCG Records, 1996 - 1997 Grammy Award Winner

Jiro Yoshida,  My Beating Heart, King Records Co-writer and performer on title track My Beating Heart, 1996

Ornette Coleman,  Sound Museum, Three Women, Harmelodic Records Solo guest artist on Dont You Know By Now, 1996

Lousianna Purchase, DRG Records NYV guest artist, 1996

Bernadette Peters, Ill Be Your Baby Tonight, Angel Records NYV guest artist, 1996

The Ancient Tower, Earth Beat Records NYV featured artist, 1996

Heirs to Jobim, BMG Japan,  NYV guest artist perform Desifinado and Modinha, 1995

New York Voices,  Collection, GRP Records, 1994

New York Voices, Whats Inside, GRP Records Songwriter of Open Invitation and Do You Wanna Know What I Want, 1993

Sybil,  Doin It Now, Next Plateau Records Songwriter of Take Me Back and Backround Vocalist, 1993

Donna Summer, Mistaken Identity, Atlantic Records Backround Vocalist, 1991



Legendary producer, Phil Ramone, describes Lauren as a true songstress, like Joni Mitchell and Phoebe Snow: "She is musical, lyrical, and really delivers vocally. Phil produced Lauren's debut CD Hardly Blinking for N2K Records.
Her expressive, multi octave voice, her strong melodic collection of original songs, and her personal style and musicianship set Lauren Kinhan in the unique position of bridging the singer/songwriter genre with the jazz chantuese.
Her latest recording, Avalon, is brimming with imagination, orchestration and ingenuity. These are songs she's written over the years, touring, collaborating and exploring the arc of the song - really, the arc of life. Motherhood changed everything, the subject matter, the motives, the consequences and the method. And from all that sprung Avalon. Swing, Pop, Bossas and Ballads; the project covers them all with her beautiful sensibility and soul. The CD is coming out on E1 Entertainment (formerly Koch) in February 2010.
She has been a member of the two time Grammy Award Winning New York Voices for the past 17 years and has toured all over the world with them. Her compositions can be heard on their numerous recordings and her voice is a stand out in the vocal quartet's make up. For more info, visit
While making Avalon, Lauren was involved with two other extraordinary projects, one that called on the melding of 5 soloistic minds and blending their ideas under one umbrella entitled Moss. They released their CD on Sunnyside Records in April 2008 to rave reviews and it is said to have set a new standard for vocal writing and performance. The second super group is JaLaLa - Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer), Laurel Masse' (the original soprano of Man Tran) and Lauren. They pay tribute to the great Johnny Mercer on their debut release - July 2009 on Dare Records.
Lauren's musical range makes her a force to be reckoned with. That's why iconic musicians like Ornette Coleman and Bobby McFerrin have seeked her out for their recordings.
She's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She serves on the Board of Governors for NARAS's NY Chapter and is on the Board for the NY Singer's Collective. You can visit her My Space page at and look for her own website, launching in the fall of '09.