Today we’d like to introduce you to Loren Smith.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have two passions, Music and People. Three if you count desserts. I was born in Oakland, CA to a huge musically gifted family that created and nurtured my love of music. I sang my first solo at the age of 3 and never stopped.
I’ve been blessed to have my solo vocals featured in the motion pictures “GET OUT,” “Lincoln,” and the viral video smash ‘Back to the 90s’ among others. My original compositions have been on TV’s “Jane the Virgin,” “Lucifer” and ‘The Today Show.”
I’ve sung on recording projects for Nick Carter and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shared the stage as a supporting vocalist for Arcade Fire, Tchami, Erich Bergen and Heather Headley and I currently tour simultaneously as the Vocal Contractor and Arranger for Pop Star Andy Grammer and as the tenor and vocal captain of Michael Buble’s Background Vocalists.
Through all of it, my goal is to always perform with Integrity, Excellence, Passion, and Skill, and to teach everyone, as I’m learning, to love themselves and each other better.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road by any means. I’d say my biggest hurdle has been letting go of others’ vision of who I am and accepting my own. For example, Dad was a preacher. That comes with a lot of expectations and standards, none of which I volunteered for.
I’m still learning to validate myself, be my own cheerleader, trust my gut… Not wait for the approval of others. I have to count on me. My mantra is “Do nothing out of fear or loneliness, but everything out from a place of peace and wholeness.”
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a singer all day every day. I also make a living as an arranger, contractor, and performance coach. I was told that although I was “pretty good” at singing, I’d never make a living at it. I’m proud I decided just to try. It’s never been easy, there’s always work to be done and necessary growth and flexibility, but I love what I do, I really do.
What sets me apart from others is that I don’t do gimmicks. I don’t believe in gimmicks. The singers I respected stand at a microphone and sang from their heart. No tricks. No special effects. No nudity. No smoke and mirrors. They… wait for it… SANG.
That’s what I strive to do every time. I was taught early that what comes from the heart, goes to the heart. I’m grateful to have accomplished what I have in such a relatively short time, and there’s still more to do! People I haven’t met. Goals I haven’t achieved. Places I haven’t visited. I believe my best days are ahead.
What were you like growing up?
Looking back on my childhood, I was sensitive and EXTRA! HA! Growing up in Oakland, the streets weren’t safe, so I spent hours inside my bedroom recording myself singing, listening back to it, and critiquing it. Hours. When I wasn’t singing, I was waiting to eat.
Because I started working so early, I was more comfortable around adults, so I didn’t always get along with other kids; I’m afraid I also had a smart mouth. As a child, It was called a problem, In LA it’s called sarcasm.
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