Lauren Rathbun has released three singles with Young Pals Music since moving to New York City. Her debut single, “My Almost Lover,” was an homage to the Patsy Cline era of country music. “Into You” was released during the pandemic in 2021, and mirrored the styles of Linda Ronstadt and rock n’ roll tunes of the 70’s. Her new single, “Bird With A Broken Wing,” was adapted from producer Ayhan Sahin’s musical “Swedish Style,” into a soaring pop-ballad. Lauren is also an accomplished actress, dancer, and model. She has appeared in many regional and local theatre productions and walked in several seasons of New York Fashion Week.
Lauren Rathbun offers a nod to classic country with debut single “My Almost Lover,” which serves up a dollop of Patsy Cline and a dash of Kitty Wells and then weaves in her own contralto charisma. Alongside a honky-tonk posse of musicians firing fiddle, steel guitar and shuffling percussion, this old soul vocalist sings, “Goodbye my almost lover, there was almost a you and me.” The present honors the past in this radio-ready anthem.
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The production is composed of a brilliant tempo buoying the song through the ecstatic highs of the rock ‘n’ roll era showcasing Rathbun shine through with a sincere, hearty voice that’s both comforting and just a little mischievous. The bridge of the piece is perhaps the most appealing, with Rathbun's vocals soaring through the high notes in ease and a boisterous guitar solo hammering in the 70s-era vigor all the harder.
NEW YORK CITY-BASED INDIE LABEL YOUNG PALS MUSIC RELEASES LAUREN RATHBUN’S POP BALLAD, ‘BIRD WITH A BROKEN WING,’ EVOKING THE SWEET NOSTALGIA OF THE 70’S
Produced by Ayhan Sahin, the powerhouse rock ballad is Lauren’s third original release under the Young Pals Music imprint, the NYC-based independent label that has proved to be the perfect home for Lauren’s multi-faceted creative talents.
“Bird With A Broken Wing” opens with a reflective acoustic guitar refrain, gently underpinning Lauren’s endearing solo verse, as she seeks guidance at the end — or perhaps the beginning — of a journey. The pre-chorus bursts into a duel between piano and electric guitar, building in texture and intensity to a euphoric guitar solo and high-octane refrain, as Lauren carries the song with beauty and poise to the clouds above.
Lauren’s commitment to creating authentic, moving music that touches the hearts of listeners is what motivates her as an artist. She explains, “2021 was a particularly challenging year, and I found great solace in music following some personal setbacks. When Ayhan approached me with an idea he had about revisiting a song he had written years ago, I heard lyrics that really resonated with me: I will fly over mountains, sing without you. We worked together on some new material for what became this fresh take on ‘Bird With A Broken Wing’, and it proved a truly meaningful experience to sing and record it anew.”
|Rathbun's Second Single "Into You"|
“Bird With A Broken Wing” is adapted from Ayhan Sahin and lyricist Selcen Pamuk Phelps’ full-length rock musical Swedish Style. The project — first developed in the 1990s and inspired by the real-life stories that surrounded Swedish supergroup ABBA — features a quartet of musicians on the brink of superstardom, dealing with love, loss and the pursuit of artistic immortality.
Lauren continues, “I am grateful to Ayhan and his writing collaborator Bernadette O’Reilly for their expertise on this new track, and to my parents who continue to be so supportive of my musical endeavors. I hope the unique lyrics and story of this song find their way to listeners’ hearts, just as it did mine.”
|First Single from Rathbun "My Almost Lover"|
As 2022 draws to a close, Lauren is in the final stages of recording her debut album with Sahin and O’Reilly at Young Pals Music. Set for release next year, the album will showcase her timeless voice through a mix of musical genres, combined with her ability to impart heartfelt sincerity into every note.
Lauren Rathbun’s ‘Bird With A Broken Wing’ is out now across all digital platforms
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Notes to Editors
Songwriters: Ayhan Sahin, Selcen Pamuk Phelps, Bernadette O’Reilly, Lauren Rathbun
Publisher: Young Pals Music (2022)
Producer: Ayhan Sahin
Musicians: Mike Sorrentino (drums), Carras Paton (bass), Gene Blank (guitars), Rob Preuss (piano and synth), Keith Fluitt (back vocals)
Executive Producer: Bernadette O’Reilly
Mixed and Engineered by Ayhan Sahin @ 2CStudios
Mastered by Ryan Smith @ Sterling Sound
Photography by Ayhan Sahin
Artwork Design by Emre Emirgil