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Meet Lauren Jaimes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Jaimes.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a musical household and have always loved playing and writing music. My Mom and Dad were actually traveling musicians and missionaries in South America before I was born. When I was little, I started learning how to play flute, piano, and guitar, while also writing and singing my own music.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I found out early on that I was pretty terrified of performing in front of other people. The idea was so scary to me I even dropped out of a class once in college just because the final project was an oral presentation. How crazy is that? In a separate instance, I went to my guidance counselor to try to get a waiver for the required speech class that all undergrads have to take. She wasn’t having it though, and I ended up having to take the class. How I got through that, I’ll never know.

Fast forward a little to when I first met my now fiance Forrest. I was still crafting music in the background as a hobby and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. We had been dating for an entire year before I finally played something for him that I had written, and when I did he was like “WHAT?! You’ve been hiding that the whole time? You need to be doing this!” I had always wanted to pursue music as a career, but his encouragement really pushed me into taking concrete steps to get there. I started by playing open mics around the city and enrolled in voice classes. I learned that I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and that’s what was blocking me from having fun on stage.

It’s been a couple of years since I started on this journey, and now I am playing shows all over the city, being invited to play festivals, and even winning some awards for my music. I get excited to be up onstage now and share my voice with others. Looking back, I honestly can’t believe the person I am today and the person I was back then are the same person. I’ve had friends from my past reach out and tell me they’re proud of how much I’ve changed and been able to accomplish.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am extremely excited to share my latest project, a debut music video for my single “Home Is Where You Are”. Directed by Forrest Weber and filmed by Elliot deBruyn, the video is an exciting one-shot performance that is gaining traction on YouTube in the first week of its release and was added to Vevo’s official “True Country” playlist. I know this is only the beginning, but I am so excited to take everything I’ve learned during my time in New York and hit the ground running in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood has to be trying to catch lightning bugs with my little sister out in our backyard. They are just the coolest, like little flying stars.

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Elliot deBruyn, Forrest Weber

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