Artist Development Student
Lauren Cash has loved music for as long as she can remember. After begging her parents to learn violin at age three, she began lessons when she was five until an elbow injury prevented her from continuing to play at twelve. After giving up violin, Lauren discovered her true passion was singing and songwriting. She has invested countless hours developing her voice, and songwriting while teaching herself guitar and ukulele along the way.
Lauren released her first song “Is it Your Eyes?” on March 15, 2016. It is a relaxed, acoustic-based track that she wrote at the end of the summer.
What Passion Academy means to Lauren…
‘Passion Academy has helped me to discover and experiment with my voice. They offer the unique opportunity to collaborate in recording my songs. I’m thankful for the mentors who offer guidance, musical training, and technical expertise. In addition to helping me with my music, Passion Academy is also a place where I am surrounded by many talented musicians and have made new friends.’
More About Lauren…
‘I’ve always known music is what I’ve wanted to do. There’s nothing else that fully consumes me in the same way. I’ve thought about going into a “normal” career with a certain income, but I’m not “normal” and life is not certain. And, everything circles around to music. Even my footsteps and the tap of my pen beat on to various melodies stuck in my head. So, I do music because I can’t not do music. At 14 I discovered my voice and at 15 I discovered my love for guitar. When I first started out, I watched YouTube tutorials on some basic chords and scales, then played guitar until my fingers bled. I started songwriting when I had been very sick with a chronic illness. I couldn’t get out of bed some days. It’s been a outlet for me and it still is.
My EP, ‘Late At Night’ is a project that’s been a long time coming. It’s a very different sound from my first two singles, “Is It Your Eyes,” and “In Reverse.” One of my favorite things is listening to each song and remembering the work with Joel and the memories that went into it. From scribbling lyrics down on a napkin to picking out synth sounds and singing to the tick of a metronome, I enjoyed every bit of it. The final product is the tip of the iceberg, underneath each song is so much more.’
Never Know: I’ve had the guitar progression in this song since I was 14, but I was waiting to use it. I could hear a beat behind it and a big chorus. I sing rhythmically in the verses which probably ties to my love of rap music.
Too Late: This song starts off reminiscent of twenty one pilots then builds. I always pictured this song with a breakdown in it. I remember writing it on my old guitar and just hearing the beat and a lead line.
Can’t See You: This was the first song I wrote on the EP and probably the most personal to me. It’s probably the darkest sounding out of the four. I was really into Bryson Tiller and The Weeknd while I was recording it which influenced my sound.
Take Me Back: This was the most experimental track by far. In the verses, I flicked a binder clip open and shut which made a ticking sound similar to a clock. The violins give the song a cinematic feel and my vocals are layered with Joel’s for the majority of the song.
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