with Andrew Duhon
Authentic. Poetic. Conscious. Real. Raw.
She wrote her first song at six. She discovered the written word as a teenager; creating her truly unique style of expressing mystical experiences through symbolic imagery and music. Inspired by bluegrass, rock and rootsy R&B, Lauren soon wrote her first Americana-flavored compositions, and thus began the journey to performing as a vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist.
Born in Queens, New York, Lauren Monroe
both found and developed her authentic expression through poetry and music…. She began performing acoustic in San Francisco, later moving to Boulder, Colorado and formed her band, Coy Kindred. The band toured the Western U.S.; playing its rugged blend of rock, blues and funk at festivals, theaters, saloons and bars.
Moved and inspired by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Janis Joplin, surely some of the greatest women rockers ever….Lauren Monroe developed a style that producers, musicians and rock historians have compared to those legendary women of rock and blues….a sound and vocal quality that is a nod to raw, sawdust-on-the-floor honesty that, combined with the emotional and spiritual power of her performance, draws audiences in, invigorates and speaks to us on so many levels.
“I experience music as an activator for healing. The sounds, the phrasing, the tempos, the lyrics all can cultivate a connection to our soul. The songs I write often come through me as visual imagery. I’ve often said that If I could pinpoint a genre for myself I would call my work visual music.”
Her releases “Give” and “The Freedom Sessions” album cross over into the genres of Americana, Roots and Rock and feature Def Leppard drummer and producer Rick Allen and John “J.T.” Thomas, keyboardist with Bruce Hornsby. Lauren is an advocate for Animal Rights and Social Justice, themes prevalent in her music, which has been featured in award winning independent films such as Wild Horses and Renegades, Spirit Riders and Horse Medicine. The artist compilation CD “To Unite All” features Monroe’s original music, and benefitted healing and peace in the middle east. Artists Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and Roger Waters also appear on the CD.
New Orleans native, Andrew Duhon, is a songwriter with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. His 2014 release, ‘The Moorings’, was nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best Engineered Album'. Duhon's latest record, ‘False River’, was produced by Eric Masse (Rayland Baxter, Miranda Lambert) and released in May 2018. No Depression describes Duhon as “A soulmate of Van Morrison lyrically and vocally.”