Lauren Strange

Lauren Strange

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Piano & guitar-playing Memphis sweetheart Lauren Strange was named a Grand Prize winner in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting competition & has received numerous other awards. Her band delivers an energetic, soulful performance of sweet, catchy tunes sure to stick with you long after the music ends.

Biography

Lauren Strange grew up in Memphis, TN, where she began playing piano and taking classical lessons at the age of 6, and won her first award for songwriting at age 9, when she received first place in a school contest. She grew up singing along to recordings of artists from James Taylor to Aretha Franklin, and began performing at church with her mother, who taught her how to sing harmony. When she was 15, Lauren taught herself how to play guitar using her mother’s music books, and soon began performing locally with friends. She later attended The University of Memphis, where she met friends who recorded, engineered, and played on her debut EP, The Strange EP. She moved to Nashville after graduating college, and has proven to be an ambitious and versatile musician. She has taught private lessons in guitar and piano in Nashville, and also has also worked as a demo and background singer as well as a solo performer. Lauren met singer-songwriter Juliana Cole after moving to Nashville, and most recently performed alongside her and other musicians including Chuck Wicks, Phil Vassar, and Sarah Darling at the “Let Us In Nashville – A Tribute to Linda McCartney” benefit concert at the historic The Ryman Auditorium.
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Lauren’s song Stronger from her EP won first place in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest, and her lyrics were featured in the March/April 2010 issue of the magazine. She was named a Regional Round Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Competition in 2010, finished fourth in the Intel Superstars Competition Country Category, and was named the Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest in the Country Category for her song “Jump.” She was also received the Lennon award in the Country category for 2010.
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Lauren’s ethereal, crystal clear voice has received numerous comparisons to that of her idol, Alison Krauss, and she has received praise from many including producer Jack Douglas (whose credits include John Lennon, The Who, Aerosmith). Douglas says, “Wow, [she has] a beautiful voice. I was knocked out by [her] songwriting. I look forward to hearing [her] name mentioned around the studios as a “go to” songwriter and artist in the near future.”

Lyrics

Jump

Written By: Lauren Strange

Why am I walkin away
When you’re telling me I should stay;
It’ll be ok
I'll collect my broken heart
And hate each second we're apart
How do I start?
My friends say what I wanna hear:
I’ll be alright without you near

But I want to jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms
Could you hold me like you used to?
If I jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms,
Then I won’t have to miss you like I do.

I listened to your song just once,
And I think that was more than enough
How do you write that stuff?
You never took interest in the
Things I sang about you and me
It’s not meant to be, I guess

Love is just too terrifying,
Makes you feel like you are dyin’

But I want to jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms
Could you hold me like you used to?
If I jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms,
Then I won’t have to miss you like I do.

I can’t rewind, I can’t stop time
I can’t change your mind,
But can you see?
I can’t rewind, I can’t stop time
I can’t change your mind,
But can you see?

That I want to jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms
Could you hold me like you used to?
If I jump
Jump, jump, jump
Into your arms
Then I won’t have to miss you like I do.

Why am I walkin away
When you’re telling me I should stay?

Stronger

Written By: Lauren Strange

People offer from all sides,
Suggestions and their lies
You’re stumbling through your doubt,
Just want an easy out
Cause you’re screaming on your knees inside
Yeah, you’ve been through storms before,
But this one’s got you on the floor
You know you should get up,
But you don’t want to trust
Love left you broken, bruised and sore.

It gets worse before it gets better,
Sometimes hearts will change just like the weather
Scars will fade, it won’t be much longer,
When your heart breaks, it gets stronger,
Stronger

And there is nothing left for you to lose
That wouldn’t be good for you
Love can bring you down, it can pull you through
Sometimes the pain’s good for you

You thought you’d had all you could take,
But God held you, you didn’t break
Arms wide open now,
Nothing can hold you down.
But memories come and you start to ache

It gets worse before it gets better,
Sometimes hearts will change just like the weather
Scars will fade, it won’t be much longer,
When your heart breaks, it gets stronger,
Stronger

And there is nothing left for you to lose
That wouldn’t be good for you
Love can bring you down, it can pull you through
Sometimes the pain’s good for you

Don’t be so hard on yourself,
It takes strength to ask for help
All these sorrows you have known
Are turning into beautiful stepping stones

In a crowd you’re still alone,
It’s emptiness that fills your bones
Hope’s a rare disease,
Catch it and you will see
You could feel love like you’ve never known

It gets worse before it gets better,
Sometimes hearts will change just like the weather
Scars will fade, it won’t be much longer,
When your heart breaks, it gets stronger,
Stronger

And there is nothing left for you to lose
That wouldn’t be good for you
Love can bring you down, it can pull you through
Sometimes the pain’s good for you
This time the pain’s good for you.

Don't Wanna Be Alone

Written By: Lauren Strange

“You don’t need him,” you tell yourself,
But you don’t want anybody else
Stuck in a rewind, as colors fly by,
They leave you paralyzed
You lie awake at night
And cry,

Oooh, oooh,
I don’t wanna be alone
Oooh, oooh,
I need to let you know
From the day I first met you,
I can’t let you go.

The radio turns on and it’s playing his song
You have to cut it off
You stare at the ceiling, and fight all the feelings
You’ve kept for so long
And as you close your eyes
You cry,

Oooh, oooh,
I don’t wanna be alone
Oooh, oooh,
I need to let you know
From the day I first met you,
I can’t let you go.

You & I

Written By: Lauren Strange

I know, I know I barely know you
But we could change that if you want to
I think, I think about you
Probably more than I should

And I don’t wanna let this go
I just want for you to know
You’re all I ever wanted & more

I’m ready for it to work out this time
Take a chance and just put your hand in mine
Two hearts make one when you combine
You & I

I feel, I feel like a kid when
I smile just because you are smiling
You make, you make my head spin
When you say that I’ll see you again

And I don’t wanna let this go
I just want for you to know
You’re all I ever wanted & more

I’m ready for it to work out this time
Take a chance and just put your hand in mine
Two hearts make one when you combine
You & I

Because everyone just wants to be held sometimes
If you let me in your heart I’ll give you all of mine
Because everyone just wants to be held sometimes
Late at night, I think of you
I think of you

I’m ready for it to work out this time
Take a chance and just put your hand in mine
Two hearts make one when you combine
You and…
I’m ready for it to work out this time
Take a chance and just put your hand in mine
Two hearts make one when you combine
You & I

Back of Your Mind

Written By: Lauren Strange

Night feels a little bit colder
Without your arm around my shoulder
I am shivering
And your words stung without a goodbye
Did you wanna make me cry
Cause you don’t feel a thing

But am I ever in the back of your mind?
Am I ever in the back of your mind?
Are you scared to look to see that you’ll find
That I’m always there in the back, in the back of your mind

You will never hear me
Cause if you’re listening
It’s just to yourself
And you’ve got some good intentions
So baby why not use them to find someone else

But am I ever in the back of your mind?
Am I ever in the back of your mind?
Are you scared to look to see that you’ll find
That I’m always there
I’m always there

Am I ever in the back of your mind?
Am I ever in the back of your mind?
Are you scared to look to see that you’ll find
That I’m always there
I’m always there
I’m always there
I’m always

Discography

Self Titled (TBA)
The Strange EP (2010)
Mid-South Musicians for Le Bonheur (2010)

Set List

Back of Your Mind
Bruise Away
Johnny
Just Wondering
Love Me Back (Say Yes)
Runner
Someday Maybe
You & I