Amanda Lauren is a multi-passionate artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistry is heavily influenced by Queens of R&B, Soul and Pop – Amy Winehouse, Tori Kelly and Sinead Harnett. Growing up, Amanda Lauren released her unmistakable, captivating debut single “Becoming SZN” on her recent birthday. Her soothing tone and angelic essence flow seamlessly into the entirety of her new acoustic track.
Stay tuned for more releases coming to Amandaland!
Now that her single ‘Becoming SZN’ is out, we took some time to hear more from Amanda Lauren. Read below to learn more about Amanda Lauren, the story behind her debut single, and what’s to come.
Hi Amanda Laurens! Let’s start with how did you get your stage name?
Amanda Lauren is my birth-given first name and middle name. Although, I will never forget the moment I heard my older cousin talking about stage names. She said my name in the most incredible French accent: “AMANDAAH LOREN.” It sounded royal and from that moment on I was sold.
What city are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in the suburbs/beach towns of Los Angeles – the South Bay, and now live in Los Angeles.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?
To be quite honest, I’ve always been a fantastic shower singer (if you ask me); however, i dabbled in music in high school and then took a long break to get my bachelor’s degree. It wasn’t until the end of 2018 that I started taking singing lessons and started to believe that I was capable of pursuing a career in music. And it’s been a long, challenging mental journey since then; however, it is “becoming SZN”. I’m finally stepping into the person I’ve always wanted to be.
Did your upbringing play a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
My family and faith play a big role. My mother always played gospel/Christian/soul/feel good music and my stepfather always had a passion for music and playing instruments. Both influences applied to me – my mother gave me the heart, soul and sound of it all and faith, and my stepfather made me believe the dream was possible.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not know you?
I can’t pigeonhole myself with my sound, but ultimately, if you dig a soulful, smooth, sultry and warm feeling, I am.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
For hobbies, I am an absolute life lover – meaning new experiences make my heart beat faster. I love trying out a new restaurant, training class, etc. These experiences always give me inspiration for my creative work. I also have an affinity with health and holistic well-being (care for my body, mind and soul). You can call me a self-development junkie. I take pride in challenging myself to become a better version of myself and passing on the knowledge I learn to others.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
I have TOO many musical influences; however, I am truly inspired by Tori Kelly – her unique sound, beauty, sweet essence and ability to stay true to herself in the midst of adversity and the madness of the music business. She is a real gem in this industry.
Another couple that I am absolutely obsessed with is Amanda and Abner from Johnnyswim. They are a beautiful, dynamic duo that has it all – undeniable vocal talent, humor and a beautiful family.
Olivia Dean is an up and coming artist who has my heart. Her soulful, pop essence is an atmosphere, and I love her jazzy sound.
Finally, I am incredibly enamored of Katy Perry. Her vocal ability and showmanship captivate me every time. The way she appears and captivates her audience with the experience she creates is unparalleled.
What is your favorite dream artist collab?
Say no more. HANDS DOWN, my dream collab would be Tori Kelly and Madison Watkins.
What are some of your future goals in your music career?
For my future, I see myself starring in a music show (I hope to try out a singing competition in the near future). I have a passion for music, TV and performing – a music show would be a harmonious mix of all three. HA! In addition, I hope to become a commercial success in the industry – playing and creating songs that people resonate deeply with. I would like to serve the world by performing on various stages and bringing individuals to life.
My end goal for music is to have the financial freedom to create my own 501c organization, made for those who dare to DREAM BIGGER. I would call it THE DREAM FUND. It is specifically for women who cannot finance their aspirations financially. The fund provides financial support, coaching and mentoring programs, grants and grants to young women pursuing their dreams.
Now on to your release, “Becoming SZN.” What inspired this song?
“Becoming SZN” was inspired by a challenging “SZN” in my life. I went through a phase where everything felt like it was collapsing. I was in a quarter-life crisis where I challenged everything I believed and reevaluated many relationships. I was at a crossroads where I had to make certain decisions that affected my trajectory; however, they were incredibly difficult to navigate. After making these decisions, I found myself in a space of sacred solitude full of growing pains, surrender, and healing. This resulted in the birth of my first ever baby, “Becoming SZN.”
What is “becoming SZN” in your own words about?
“BECOMING SZN” is solemn, yet festive in nature. It is reflective and embodies gratitude for every season life has to offer – even the difficult periods of transformation and growing pains. It’s a celebration of evolving into the person you’ve always wanted to be.
What is your favorite lyric in “Becoming SZN” and why?
My favorite lyrics from “Becoming SZN” are the first line of the song: “I found my joy in solitude, no more days of feeling blue.” It’s a powerful story captured in one sentence. It sets the tone for the entire song and gives a quick glimpse into the story of “Becoming SZN”.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from “Becoming SZN?”
The message I hope fans take away from “Becoming SZN” is: Even in the depths of your pain, you don’t break, you BECOME! I hope “Becoming SZN” is a lighthouse, and the hope that keeps you going as you go through life’s tough seasons.
In general, I want fans to know that you are able to be and do whatever you feel like and what your heart desires. Once you learn how to deal with your deepest fears and doubts, you’ll be unstoppable. Keep dreaming BIGGER! There are human lives attached to your dreams. Do not give up.
What has been one of the proudest moments of your music career so far?
Releasing “Becoming SZN” has to be one of the proudest moments of my career to date. It’s really important because not long ago I was stuck in a mindset of defeat. I didn’t believe in myself and I didn’t think I was capable of creating anything of this magnitude, and here I am by the Grace of God. If I can do it, anyone can.
What do you think are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
I’ll keep it short and sweet. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, don’t let YOU hold you back. Don’t talk yourself out of rooms where you belong before you’ve even started. You are worth good things. You are worth your dreams.
What’s next for you? Are you working on future projects that we should keep an eye out for?
The next thing for me is… I’ll be putting out more songs this year! EP! I have an RnB/Soul version of “Becoming SZN” coming out late spring/early summer. Stay tuned!
Where can we follow you on social media?
Let’s connect! I’m on every platform, but most active on IG and TikTok.
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