Lauren Mann, a Calgary native who has recently put down roots in British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands, started touring full time in 2011 with her first album Stories From Home, a collection of self-produced home recordings. She followed this with the 2012 release Over Land and Sea, produced by Aaron Marsh (Copeland, Person L) and called “a sonic tapestry saturated by sunlight,” by Exclaim Magazine. The diverse instrumentation and beautiful harmonies centered around Lauren’s gift of songwriting garnered the attention of listeners and critics alike, with the songs Weight of the World, Over Land and Sea, and I Lost Myself going into regular rotation on CBC Radio 2 nationwide. In 2014, Lauren and her band affectionately known as the Fairly Odd Folk, were the winners of the CBC Searchlight contest, rising to the top of over 4500 bands across Canada and named Canada’s best new emerging artist. !
Since her start, Lauren has captivated audiences with an impressive live performance at over 650 shows across Canada and the United States. She has shared the stage with bands such as July Talk, Reuben and the Dark, The Strumbellas, Rusted Root, and has set herself apart not just as a songwriter, but as an engaging performer. Washington Post named Lauren “one of the best indie-folk rockers that you’ve never heard of.”! ! In 2016, Lauren surprised her fans with the release of her next full length album Dearestly, “an album in which each and every song stands as strong on its own as it does within a collective” (Fortitude Magazine). Dearestly was produced by Josh Rob Gwilliam (Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Cowpuncher) and Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother) and recorded at OCL Studios in Calgary in September 2015. The album explores dynamic and organic soundscapes and textures creating a sound that hints at influences from Kate Bush to the Beatles but at the same time is completely unique. It’s an expertly crafted journey through moments of joyous elation to haunting darkness, providing a depth and maturity to the foundation that was laid in the 2012 release Over Land and Sea. The songs are an honest insight into Lauren’s personal journey and experiences in the past four years, and establish her as an adept songwriter and performer.! ! Since settling into life in the Southern Gulf Islands, Lauren has become more involved in the local music scene, hosting multiple songwriting workshops and retreats for youth and adults alike, as well as collaborating with other artists on stage and in the studio. Her passion for helping others find their creative voice is contagious and she loves bringing people together to share creativity and inspiration.
Lyrics:Your innocence is inspiring Your innocence is a lost art You look at the world with such wonder in your eyes And Ive lost some of mine in time I let myself lose my happiness I let myself get caught up in busyness The simplicity of each moment that we have Gets lost in all of my attentions What do I have to lose by letting go a little bit of all of these conveniences Worries that hold me down, meaningless anxieties, trapped by insecurities Your innocence is giving me a chance Your innocence is helping me come alive Dont lose the joy so innate within yourself That you give with a gracious heart Ive complicated something so simple
Lyrics:Pack light, just take what you need Say your goodbyes, we?re leaving, tonight The empty roads and open seas Their mysteries are beckoning us on We could sail to new frontiers And leave behind all that we hold dear Stories of those early days Of explorations that paved the way for this Leaving all our fear behind Discovering the truth in what we find Where we?re going there?s no turning back Bring a melody or two to keep your heart intact We could sail to new frontiers And leave behind all that we hold dear We will keep your memories And make a home anywhere we please When letters from home Get lost in the mail And we?re all alone On a hope and a prayer
Lyrics:Only the trees heard us As we whispered tender secrets You told me that you loved me And they whispered back their approval So dance with me under the stars And Ill get lost and found in your arms Safe and sound here on this moonlit night We begin I looked into your eyes Lit up by the starlight Telling tales of days to come Of you and I together So dance with me under the stars And Ill get lost and found in your arms Safe and sound here on this moonlit night We begin Here we go, here we go
Lyrics:We are fragile needing much We are delicate to the touch We are temporary at best Unaware of whats next We float through space and time Transient hearts align We are wealthy, given much Keeping all but some to ourselves Hear the call to abandon self But we cant get outside ourselves Fear of the undiscovered Locks us inside Leave all your inhibitions Embrace this life Leave what you once knew behind Take what is left see what youll find
Lyrics:A voice on the breeze was singing to me It told me everything about the way the world should be Stories of lands across a giant sea Truths to discover and a means to be free And I know that we will never know How the world keeps going how it goes And all this time weve spent Waiting for our lives to happen Is time thats been wasted While the world keeps moving and changing Ive said my goodbyes now theres no turning back Ill keep singing this melody to keep my heart intact And I know that we will never know How the world keeps going how it goes How the world keeps going how it goes And all this time weve spent Waiting for our lives to happen Is time thats been wasted While the world keeps moving and changing And all this time weve spent Waiting for our lives to happen Is time thats been wasted While the world keeps moving and changing And I know that we will never know How the world keeps going how it goes And I know that we will never know How the world keeps going how it goes
Lyrics:I lost myself today Without even knowing what was happening Ive got voices in my head Making me think that this is where I end Hey, what do you see, if anything What do you see in me Hey, Ive lost my way, cause of these mind games Theyre making me lost my way You and me we made a plan To travel from here to there and back again Somewhere on that weathered road I found the dreams that Id been looking for Hey, what do you see, if anything What do you see in me Hey, Ive lost my way, cause of these mind games Theyre making me lost my way Hey, I can see that we have found everything That weve been missing Hey, weve got the world to see So lets forget our anxieties and get on our way
Lyrics:Where do you wanna go, where do you want to take me Just tell me where and Ill be there with you By car or airplane it doesnt matter to me Lets go into the unknown together Lets make our escape Oh my darling, lets go far away Find the greatest hiding place Far away from everything Oh my dear, its just you and me With lots of time and much to see And visions of what we can be Maybe someday well come back to this town And find a place that we can call our own When weve grown old well still think of these days And in our dreams well fly away together Lets make our escape Oh my darling, lets go far away Find the greatest hiding place Far away from everything Oh my dear, its just you and me With lots of time and much to see And visions of what we can be Oh my darling, this is our escape Lets break out and find a way To leave this world a better place Oh my dear no matter where we are Here or there, near or far Im at home inside your arms
Lyrics:We are like the morning mist Here just until the sun shows his face I am tired of living for Meaningless Pursuits, chasing after the wind Oh the world has failed To satisfy Its left me with nothing to show But this hollow shell I am searching for the beauty That you said Id find in your own time Will this lonely, traveling soul Ever find what its looking for? The temporary nature Of this earthly home Cannot silence the song Of eternity That resonates in our hearts And leads us towards Finding the meaning of life And where we belong I hope you find what youre looking for
Lyrics:Love, I lost again Lost the love we shared I wanted to explain But youd already gone away So I found the place Where we first embraced Where I fell for you Where I found this truth Love, were not yet dead We must fight for what we had Wont you come back home Give us a second chance And well find the place Where we first embraced Where I fell for you Where I found this truth And well find the place Where we first embraced Beginning and the end Could we begin again In the place we started from well fix what went wrong Reignite the fire that died and learn this all again In the place we started from well fix what went wrong Reignite the fire that died and learn this all again And well find the place Where we first embraced Beginning and the end Could we begin again
Lyrics:You are a bundle of hopes and dreams Nothing can stop you now Dont let the weight of the world bring youdown Cause youll never be alone Someday Ill have to let you go But until then Ill keep you close Always remember these three things Faith hope and brushing your teeth But most importantly Do everything lovingly Love is the greatest of all To live for this is the greatest call For now Ill keep you safe in my arms Until youre ready to go, explore The world that you see And all of its mysteries May the world fill you with wonder And may you find all the things that you search for I wont let any harm Come to you while youre in my arms But someday Ill have to let you go Until then Ill keep you close
Lyrics:When you were here I thought we had Plenty of time to talk about all those years past But now youre gone and all thats left Is a pile of photographs and memories in my head Ill never let you go Ill never let you go From dust we come then someday return All of the moments in between will barely be heard What then shall we say of life and of death Follow your heart while you can and live with no regrets Ill never let you go Ill never let you go So Ill tell them stories so I wont forget you Ill keep your photographs so Ill recognize you Ill never let you go Ill never let you go
Lyrics:I can hear the trees start whispering Their colours speak of change a coming The bluebirds song is gone till spring And I sit here just waiting Through it all Ive come to know That all these feelings come and go And after all is said and done Theres nothing new under the sun Over the river and through the trees The north wind brings its winter freeze But Ive got everything I need Except my love, come back to me Through it all Ive come to know That all these feelings come and go And after all is said and done Theres nothing new under the sun Oh Ive seen all there is to see From PEI to Calgary From the eastern fisheries To the disappearing forest trees From Thunder Bay to Tofino Ive been as far as the highway goes Above it all of this Im sure These earthly things, they cant endure Oh la la la la la la la...
Lyrics:Youve got the weight of the world my dear And you dont know how to let it go Your broken heart hasnt healed in years But nothing you say would let it show Just let it go, oh let it go Let it go, oh let it go Some things you cant do alone my dear Theres no easy remedy for loneliness Even though daylight is fading here Theres still time to let it go and breathe again Just let it go, oh let it go Let it go, oh let it go Just let it go, oh let it go Let it go, oh let it go Something in your eyes Suggests youre breaking up inside, inside Let me take your burdens Give you rest until you decide, decide That youve carried on far too long my dera All alone, now alone no more Now is the time to carry on from here To march on and plant your flag where you belong You belong, oh you belong You belong, oh you belong You belong, oh you belong You belong, oh you belong
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