Lauren Mann

3 albums

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.”!
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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.!
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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.

Music

29 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
Innocence Innocence
04:38

Lyrics:

Your innocence is inspiring Your innocence is a lost art You look at the world with such wonder in your eyes And I’ve 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 Don’t lose the joy so innate within yourself That you give with a gracious heart I’ve complicated something so simple
1
Innocence (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:38
2
Beautiful Place Dearestly
03:06
1
Beautiful Place (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:06
2
Beautiful Place (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:12
3
Brave Face Dearestly
04:05
1
Brave Face (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:05
4
New Beginning Dearestly
03:41
1
New Beginning (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:41
5
Show Me The Way Dearestly
03:21
1
Show Me The Way (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:21
2
Show Me The Way (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:26
6
You Are Fire (feat JJ Shiplett) Dearestly
03:57
1
You Are Fire (feat JJ Shiplett)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:57
7
A Traveller's Anthem Over Land And Sea
03:43

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
1
A Traveller's Anthem (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:43
8
03:18

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  I’ll  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  I’ll  get  lost  and  found  in  your  arms   Safe  and  sound  here  on  this  moonlit  night   We  begin     Here  we  go,  here  we  go
1
Dance With Me (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:19

Lyrics:

We  are  fragile  needing  much   We  are  delicate  to  the  touch   We  are  temporary  at  best   Unaware  of  what’s  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  can’t  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  you’ll  find
1
Fragile (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:26
10
02:32

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  we’ve  spent     Waiting  for  our  lives  to  happen   Is  time  that’s  been  wasted     While  the  world  keeps  moving  and  changing     I’ve  said  my  goodbyes  now  there’s  no  turning  back   I’ll  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  we’ve  spent     Waiting  for  our  lives  to  happen   Is  time  that’s  been  wasted     While  the  world  keeps  moving  and  changing     And  all  this  time  we’ve  spent     Waiting  for  our  lives  to  happen   Is  time  that’s  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  
1
How It Goes (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:30
11
03:28

Lyrics:

I  lost  myself  today   Without  even  knowing  what  was  happening   I’ve  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,  I’ve  lost  my  way,  cause  of  these  mind  games   They’re  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  I’d  been  looking  for     Hey,  what  do  you  see,  if  anything   What  do  you  see  in  me   Hey,  I’ve  lost  my  way,  cause  of  these  mind  games   They’re  making  me  lost  my  way     Hey,  I  can  see  that  we  have  found  everything   That  we’ve  been  missing   Hey,  we’ve  got  the  world  to  see   So  let’s  forget  our  anxieties  and  get  on  our  way  
1
I Lost Myself (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:27
12
Let's Make Our Escape Over Land And Sea
02:55

Lyrics:

Where  do  you  wanna  go,  where  do  you  want  to  take  me   Just  tell  me  where  and  I’ll  be  there  with  you   By  car  or  airplane  it  doesn’t  matter  to  me   Let’s  go  into  the  unknown  together     Let’s  make  our  escape     Oh  my  darling,  let’s  go  far  away   Find  the  greatest  hiding  place   Far  away  from  everything   Oh  my  dear,  it’s  just  you  and  me   With  lots  of  time  and  much  to  see   And  visions  of  what  we  can  be     Maybe  someday  we’ll  come  back  to  this  town   And  find  a  place  that  we  can  call  our  own   When  we’ve  grown  old  we’ll  still  think  of  these  days   And  in  our  dreams  we’ll  fly  away  together     Let’s  make  our  escape     Oh  my  darling,  let’s  go  far  away   Find  the  greatest  hiding  place   Far  away  from  everything   Oh  my  dear,  it’s  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   Let’s  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   I’m  at  home  inside  your  arms
1
Let's Make Our Escape (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:56
13
06:28

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   It’s  left  me  with  nothing  to  show   But  this  hollow  shell     I  am  searching  for  the  beauty     That  you  said  I’d  find  in  your  own  time   Will  this  lonely,  traveling  soul   Ever  find  what  it’s  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  you’re  looking  for
1
Like The Mist (Instrumental)
Instrumental
06:27
14
04:19

Lyrics:

Love,  I  lost  again   Lost  the  love  we  shared   I  wanted  to  explain   But  you’d  already  gone  away     So  I  found  the  place   Where  we  first  embraced   Where  I  fell  for  you   Where  I  found  this  truth     Love,  we’re  not  yet  dead   We  must  fight  for  what  we  had   Won’t  you  come  back  home   Give  us  a  second  chance     And  we’ll  find  the  place   Where  we  first  embraced   Where  I  fell  for  you   Where  I  found  this  truth     And  we’ll  find  the  place   Where  we  first  embraced   Beginning  and  the  end   Could  we  begin  again     In  the  place  we  started  from  we’ll  fix  what  went  wrong   Reignite  the  fire  that  died  and  learn  this  all  again   In  the  place  we  started  from  we’ll  fix  what  went  wrong   Reignite  the  fire  that  died  and  learn  this  all  again     And  we’ll  find  the  place   Where  we  first  embraced   Beginning  and  the  end   Could  we  begin  again  
1
Love, I Lost (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:22
15
03:52

Lyrics:

You  are  a  bundle  of  hopes  and  dreams   Nothing  can  stop  you  now   Don’t  let  the  weight  of  the  world  bring  youdown   Cause  you’ll  never  be  alone     Someday  I’ll  have  to  let  you  go   But  until  then  I’ll  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  I’ll  keep  you  safe  in  my  arms   Until  you’re  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  won’t  let  any  harm   Come  to  you  while  you’re  in  my  arms   But  someday  I’ll  have  to  let  you  go   Until  then  I’ll  keep  you  close
1
Lullaby (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:50
16
Of Life And Death Over Land And Sea
04:52

Lyrics:

When  you  were  here  I  thought  we  had   Plenty  of  time  to  talk  about  all  those  years  past   But  now  you’re  gone  and  all  that’s  left   Is  a  pile  of  photographs  and  memories  in  my  head     I’ll  never  let  you  go   I’ll  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     I’ll  never  let  you  go   I’ll  never  let  you  go     So  I’ll  tell  them  stories  so  I  won’t  forget  you   I’ll  keep  your  photographs    so  I’ll  recognize  you     I’ll  never  let  you  go   I’ll  never  let  you  go
1
Of Life And Death (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:53
17
Over Land And Sea Over Land And Sea
03:05

Lyrics:

I  can  hear  the  trees  start  whispering   Their  colours  speak  of  change  a’  coming   The  bluebird’s  song  is  gone  till  spring   And  I  sit  here  just  waiting     Through  it  all  I’ve  come  to  know     That  all  these  feelings  come  and  go   And  after  all  is  said  and  done   There’s  nothing  new  under  the  sun     Over  the  river  and  through  the  trees   The  north  wind  brings  its  winter  freeze   But  I’ve  got  everything  I  need   Except  my  love,  come  back  to  me     Through  it  all  I’ve  come  to  know     That  all  these  feelings  come  and  go   And  after  all  is  said  and  done   There’s  nothing  new  under  the  sun     Oh  I’ve  seen  all  there  is  to  see   From  PEI  to  Calgary   From  the  eastern  fisheries   To  the  disappearing  forest  trees     From  Thunder  Bay  to  Tofino   I’ve  been  as  far  as  the  highway  goes   Above  it  all  of  this  I’m  sure   These  earthly  things,  they  can’t  endure     Oh  la  la  la  la  la  la  la...
1
Over Land And Sea (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:06
18
Weight Of The World Over Land And Sea
03:19

Lyrics:

You’ve  got  the  weight  of  the  world  my  dear   And  you  don’t  know  how  to  let  it  go   Your  broken  heart  hasn’t  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  can’t  do  alone  my  dear   There’s  no  easy  remedy  for  loneliness   Even  though  daylight  is  fading  here   There’s  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  you’re  breaking  up  inside,  inside   Let  me  take  your  burdens   Give  you  rest  until  you  decide,  decide     That  you’ve  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
1
Weight Of The World (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:17
19
04:09
1
Hibernate (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:09
2
Hibernate (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
04:16
20
Idyll III Dearestly
01:49
1
Idyll III (Instrumental)
Instrumental
01:50
21
Make Smooth Dearestly
03:37
1
Make Smooth (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:37
22
Talk Of Leaving Dearestly
02:57
1
Talk Of Leaving (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:57
23
Wooden Heart Dearestly
03:25
1
Wooden Heart (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:25
2
Wooden Heart (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:41
24
I Wanna Know Dearestly
03:58
1
I Wanna Know (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:58
2
I Wanna Know (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
04:13
25
Idyll I Dearestly
01:23
1
Idyll I (Instrumental)
Instrumental
01:35
26
Idyll II Dearestly
01:22
1
Idyll II (Instrumental)
Instrumental
01:30
27
Idyll IV Dearestly
01:27
1
Idyll IV (Instrumental)
Instrumental
01:31
28
05:07
1
Oregon (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:07
29
St. Lawerence Dearestly
03:50
1
St. Lawerence (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:50
2
St. Lawerence (Background Vocals)
Background Vocals
03:08