Lauren-Michael Sellers Band

Lauren-Michael Sellers Band

 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Remembering in the Dark What You Saw in the Light is more than just the title for Lauren-Michael Sellers’s forthcoming album. It is a mantra that served as an endearing inspiration for the Birmingham-based singer/songwriter’s quiet evenings spent in the Birmingham-Southern College chapel.

“That phrase is in a chapel prayer book there. People come in and write different things that they’re going through and things going on in their life that they need help or guidance for. Someone had written

Biography

Remembering in the Dark What You Saw in the Light is more than just the title for Lauren-Michael Sellers’s forthcoming album. It is a mantra that served as an endearing inspiration for the Birmingham-based singer/songwriter’s quiet evenings spent in the Birmingham-Southern College chapel.

“That phrase is in a chapel prayer book there. People come in and write different things that they’re going through and things going on in their life that they need help or guidance for. Someone had written that phrase four times, and I just looked at that phrase and it hit me pretty hard. I started thinking a lot about light versus dark. That affects my songwriting a lot, whether I like it or not, and so does exploration of light and dark within myself,” Sellers reflects.

Hailing from Jonesboro, Georgia, and enraptured by music since she was a child, Sellers has taken the craft from a simple hobby to a relentless passion for new and exciting sounds. She entered into the realm of focused music-making by writing songs for an independent study term at BSC called “Fear to Create” lead by Dr. Charles Mason. She then changed her major from vocal performance to composition. She began writing with some classmates as well to develop her own style, choosing guitar as her primary musical outlet.

“I taught myself the guitar because I knew I had to have an instrument so I could actually write songs. I picked up the guitar and my friends showed me a few basic chords. From there, it just kept going. I had always had songs in my mind, melodies and words. I had always written poems. I had tons of books around my room with captions of different things like ideas and phrases and songs came from that,” she says.

She desires to reach her listeners through a variety of beautifully written folk compositions that are saturated with some unmistakable pop sensibilities. Influences run the gamut from classic female vocalist such as Billie Holiday to contemporary artists such as Tyler Lyle, Fleet Foxes, and Coldplay. These musicians have shaped Sellers in some way, but there is no doubt that she is forging ahead and creating an unforgettable sound.

“For me, if I can get you to one, stop what you’re doing and listen to me, then that’s a good thing. Second, if I can get you to feel something or remember something or recall something through the song that we’re playing, then that’s my goal; to make you feel like you’re a part. As if I’m almost bringing back a snapshot of what you’re going through or something that you can relate to,” Sellers says.

Backing Sellers is an incredibly tight and supportive group of musicians, known collectively as the Lauren-Michael Sellers Band. Sellers met lead guitarist/vocalist Zac Baldwin her senior year at BSC.

“He has the most beautiful tenor voice and our harmonies with one another really compliment our song style,” Sellers said of Baldwin.

Drummer Alan Collins came into the fold last summer and immediately connected with the group.

“We jammed with Alan and I played him a couple of newer tunes I had just written and asked him just to come in when he felt like it, and the it was like the man read my brain...as if he was inside my head and knew exactly what I was imagining him to sound like,” Sellers said.

His talents as a videographer served the band well as he shot their first music video for “The Boy from Iris Glenn,” which is set at Birmingham’s Railroad Park.

The band’s studio work draws you in with brilliant harmonies and measured instrumentation, but their live shows are even more dynamic, something that encourages Sellers every time they perform.

“What makes me in awe is when the audience is quiet when I sing. It is the most honoring thing that I can imagine. At that moment, when they’re listening to you and their eyes are on you and they’re just taking it in, you’re sharing a time with them,” she said.

For the newest album, Sellers will be starting a PledgeMusic campaign, which relies on fan donations to fund the project in exchange for a variety of incentives. For Sellers’ project, these include digital downloads, CDs, and vinyl records.

“For the people who give more sizable donations, I’m going to put their name on the back of the CD as a producer. I feel like if you’re donating your money to something, I want to give you that recognition. I’m really excited about it. In some ways, it’s going to be really scary, but I’m going to be able to connect with people and realize how much they care,” Sellers said.

If you have been listening to Lauren-Michael Sellers for years or are just becoming familiar with her music, you know that great things lie ahead for this artist. Be sure to pay attention.

Lyrics

The Boy from Iris Glenn

Written By: Lauren-Michael Sellers

There goes the boy from Iris Glenn
He comes around every now and then
I couldn't catch him if I tried
His momma found him a pretty girl
A heart of gold with yellow curls
Someone to keep him warm at night
But his momma don't know
That her baby boy is gone
Done covered the tracks he laid and moved on

That boy he found himself a home
Within the streets and the catacombs
Of ancient cities he roamed
Searching for God or so he'd say
He swore he saw him the other day
The tight rope swinger at the carnival
As the band began to play
And he bowed his head to pray
To the God up above
On the tight rope

And all the answers he longed to know
Were sounding out from the choir
A melody played so soft and low
A symphony of desires
Lai da da, Lai da da, Lai da dai dai...

There goes the boy from Iris Glenn

Darling

Written By: Lauren-Michael Sellers

Darling, Oh My Love
This girl ain't got a ring, but you got the thing I want
Would you, would you please take my hand?
If I asked you to be my man?

My stubborn heart it skipped a beat
And fell straight down to my feet
As you entered the room
Your eyes they cover me like tides and pull me in too deep
If only you could see...

You weigh me down
Weigh me down
That's what, that's what you do
You weigh me down
Weigh me down
Ain't never, Oh I ain't never gonna get over you...

Ain't got no glass to be half empty or half full
Sweet apathy he smiles as he enters my room
Caught in the middle of waiting or leaving and desperately pleading my heart
Won't follow you

Weigh me down
Weigh me down
That's what, that's what you do
You weigh me down
Weigh me down
Ain't never, Oh I ain't never gonna get over you...

Forget the string, the lock, the key that keeps my heart upon your knee
A little toy box melody that only plays for you
My fingers burn and itch to know
Your fingertips, your lips, your toes
Oh, every part of you you never wanted me to know
Oh, I'm sinking down up under your skin and the cold of your stare it keeps crawling within
And I yearn to earn a taste of skin
Even when it might be poisoned...

Weigh me down
Weigh me down
That's what, that's what you do
You weight me down
Ain't never, Oh I ain't never gonna get over you...

All Our Own

Written By: Lauren-Michael Sellers

V1:
You've got that look
upon your face
I’ve seen you here before

A different time,
A different place
I could have loved you more

Chorus:
Hallowed is
The ground we built our home in
Our home
And I won't stand
To leave this land we created
Yeah, we made it
All our own
All our own

V2:
Running just
To feel the rush of blood
To my head
Drown out my fears with my feet
Keeping beat
To the echoes of the pavement

Chorus:
Our warring parts
Are wrecking our foundations
Yeah they're caving in
Will you admit
Without your liquid courage
This isn't working
On our own
On our own

Bridge:
Our arson hearts
Will light a match
And watch
This burn
And when we've grown
Tired of
Re-enacting
Our civil wars

Chorus:
One last dance
Is this romance's last wish
Can you manage it?
Cuz I won't stand
To leave this land
We've created
Yeah we made it
All our own
All our own

Crawl

Written By: Lauren-Michael Sellers

V1:
Bobby said,
"Don't you bleed, girl!"
"Won't you come and take a knee, girl!"
"You ain't through seeing the likes of me, girl."
"I'm a teach you a thing or two bout being the likes of you."

Chorus:
And she'd crawl back down
And she'd crawl back down
And she's crawl back down
Back down

V2:
Mama said,
"Why don't you leave, girl?"
"Never been no use to me, girl."
"I can see you're not of need, girl."
"Life will teach you a thing or two bout being the likes of you."

Chorus:
And she'd crawl back down
And she'd crawl back down
And she's crawl back down
Back down

Bridge:
And she'd wish to break out
Of this god-forsaken town
No fairy tales of fools and kings
Just a life of simple things
A rocking chair and babe upon her knee
Of this she'd dream...

V3:
"Baby, please don't you leave, girl."
"Won't you stay awhile with me, girl."
Are the words she'd make believe
He'd say as he'd take her leave
From the crawl back down
From the crawl back down

Discography

Memorabilia (EP) available now on iTunes!

Set List

Nothing But The Water/ Darling...
All Our Own
Hearts To Bend
Crawl
My Horizon
Leave
Into the Fire
Come Back to Bed
Remember the Light
Sunday
Prize-Fighter
The Boy from Iris Glenn