British singer songwriter Lauren Ray releases her new single, ‘Man’ on June 17, ahead of her stunning debut album, ‘We Will Need Courage’ out July 1st.
With a powerful vocal from Lauren Ray, ‘Man’ is darker than previous singles, and one of her most personal songs to date, yet written in about 20 minutes before she left for Nashville to record her album. “I am so unbelievably impressed with how this song turned out, the producer really brought out the darkness in it,” says Lauren. And don’t miss the beautiful melancholy of the accompanying video – shot in Lauren’s own home. Watch here.
‘Man’ is the latest track taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘We Will Need Courage’ a collection of summery soulful pop, showcasing Lauren’s rich vocals with honest, intelligent song writing and radio friendly melodies. “These songs are a selection of moments and stories from my life so far,” says Lauren who recorded the album in Nashville last summer, with producer Neilson Hubbard.
“The whole process has been a really important journey for me. It’s forced me to become more confident in my music and I’m really proud I’m releasing it independently. I figured that unless I was completely willing to invest in myself and my music – with my time, energy, emotions and finances – how could I ever expect anyone else to?”
With hints of artists like Norah Jones, Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan, ‘We Will Need Courage,’ ticks all the right boxes for fans of classic singer songwriters. Highlights include the aforementioned single, ‘Drive,’ released in April, and the beautiful ‘Come To Me,’ first included on her debut EP out last year. There’s the powerful ‘Paying for Love’ – what Lauren calls her statement song, the upbeat country tinged ‘One of the Lucky Ones’, ready and waiting for a Radio 2 playlist, whilst another of Lauren’s most personal songs, the sublime ‘Stay’, written as a letter to herself, seamlessly fuses elements of coffee house jazz and soulful piano pop.
With a Polish/South African father and English/Irish mother Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. This migratory life seeps into Lauren’s song writing, with the kind of complicated love songs that are born of spending life losing and making new friends.
Whilst holding down a full time job in the music industry by day, Lauren has spent the last few years performing and writing in her spare time, building a fan base in London, LA and Nashville. She’s written with a host of hit songwriters including Martin Sutton (Leann Rimes), Ian Dench (Beyoncé, Jordin Sparks) and Michael Garvin (Jennifer Lopez) and in April of last year finally got time to start recording the album in Nashville.
The first single from the album ‘Come To Me’ was released in October 2015 on her label TAMLAN records (named after her families initials). It came as part of an EP, ‘Paying For Love’ which won her critical acclaim and big UK regional radio support. And now all eyes are on the debut album, finally being released after years of hard work and determination. “I’m excited to finally have it out there for people to hear but I’m nervous too,” says Lauren. “I’ve been working towards this album since…well, forever, so it’s both the beginning of something but also the end of something” – but with a debut album as good as this, it’s definitely the former…