Keeping up with our premiere week, we got New York City based singer-songwriter Lorena Vargas who is debuting her upbeat, sultry pop track “Paintings” off her upcoming EP.
As LORENA, New York City based singer-songwriter Lorena Vargas records sultry pop flanked by Raunak Mukherjee on guitar and Andrés Marin on drums. The band regularly plays shows at NYC staples including The Bowery Electric, Cakeshop, Sidewalk Café, and Silvana in Harlem. Their debut EP Call Me, produced by Grammy-winner Tony Black, is set for release in June 2017. From the vulnerable “Open” to the post-breakup longing of “Call Me” the EP grasps nuances of a relationship often overlooked in pop music.
Whether writing solo or with the other band members, Vargas focuses on capturing a snapshot of a moment. “When I write music, I try to take myself out of it. Once I feel the song is done, I don’t go back and edit. It’s an organic, intuitive process,” says Vargas.
The Mexican sing-songwriter launched her career at the age of 7 during a Selena lookalike contest at her local church in Dothan, Alabama. Donning a glittery top, Vargas took the competition to another level by singing “Como La Flor” and winning a trophy that was as tall as she was. After studying at Florida Gulf Coast University, Vargas moved to New York City to pursue a music career.
She briefly worked with Mukherjee at Avatar Studios, but didn’t start playing with him until he posted a guitar riff on Facebook. Inspired by his track, Vargas wrote “Where You Are” on the spot. “I messaged him and said “Hey I wrote something over this, do you want to hear it?” says Vargas. “He loved and was like ‘My friend Andrés is a drummer!’ I told him we were forming a band. ” Since then, the band has embraced Vargas’s in-the-moment writing style and is gearing up for a full summer of shows.