“I believe in the power music has to not only impact each other, but change the world. Music is an uplifter, a reality-checker, a mirror for our faults, and inspirer, and a catalyst for change. I am constantly inspired by artists around me, and the desire we all hold to express our own truths, and the truths of the materials we embody. In a world so tremulous where we are so small, writing music gives me power, strength, and the drive to make myself, and hopefully the world, better. In a performance, you never know who is going to be impacted by the message you carry, and the connections you create. It is the larger combination of these many little influences that make what we do such a beautifully powerful force. Let’s enjoy the journey!””

— Lauren Rathbun

"My Almost Lover" by LAUREN RATHBUN
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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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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.

 

My recording journey took off a little over a year ago when I was approached by Ayhan Sahin from Young Pals Music. We recorded my voice in many different genres in effort to find my “sound.” I recorded songs by Joan Baez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Karen Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, Ayhan Sahin, and Patsy Cline. We found that my voice was best suited to the range of Cline, Mattea, and Carpenter, and stylistically, I resonated the most with Patsy Cline. I then spent time discerning what exactly it was about her music that attracted me – and found that besides the heartfelt melodies and song structures, it was the journey each song took me on that was so captivating. What I love most about country music from that era (and even into the 90’s, such as Mattea and Highway 101), is how each song has a clear and capturing storyline. Coming from a theatrical background, and growing up in the West, and with horses… this style of music plucked some particular heart strings. ”

— Lauren Rathbun

Lauren grew up in Salt Lake City, where she enjoyed singing with the Cathedral Choir at the Madeleine Choir School, participating in local theatre and dance performances, skiing, hiking, and riding her beloved horse After Hours.  She attended the University of Utah to achieve a degree in Musical Theatre Performance, and was the first in the school’s history to graduate the Musical Theatre Program with an Honors degree (HBFA).

 

Lauren’s honors thesis is entitled “Beyond Classical, Mixing in the Belt: an Exploration of Musical Theatre Singing” and explores the functionality of the voice when singing operatic material versus contemporary musical theatre “belting.”  Growing up a classically trained singer and transitioning into the musical theatre world, Lauren was interested in the mechanics of producing a sound in both genres that is sustainable for a long career.  This thesis gave her a launchpad into a career in both opera and musical theatre.

 

Since moving to New York, Lauren has performed with New York Lyric Opera, West Side Opera Society, La Dolce Opera, and Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.  She has performed in musical theatre cabarets at the historic Duplex Cabaret Bar, and La Mama NYC.  In 2017, Lauren was one of the top 7 finalists in the international Classical Singer Vocal Competition, in the Musical Theatre Pre-Professional division.  In addition to performing, Lauren has recorded original material with Recording Artists Development Inc., and is currently finishing her debut EP album with Young Pals Music.  

 

Lauren has a passion for dance that is equal to her love for singing.  She is an assistant manager for the work-study program at Steps on Broadway, NYC’s premier professional dance studio.  She studies tap, ballet, jazz, theatre dance, and occasional hip hop with some of New York’s finest teachers.  Lauren has performed with the American Tap Dance Foundation in their Adult Student Summer Showcase 2017, and at Symphony Space with “Tap Future” student performances.  She was also a dance soloist with Acting Out!’s Triple Threat Troupe, performing for Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, and Special events. 

 

Lauren also recently began modeling, and was a featured runway model in Couture Fashion Week New York, Plitz Fashion Week New York, and La Crème Modeling and Acting show with New Jersey Fashion Week in 2018.  She has modeled for designers: Andres Aquino, Alessia Siena, Elcy Corturral, VSLZ Fashun Group, Palaa Swimwear, 4 Letter Design, Seuon Jeung, K, Natasha, and Alexandra.