Artist Name:
Lauren Bea

Age:
27

Genres:
Christian Pop

Hometown:
Austin, TX

Label:
(Independent)

Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Playing with my 3-year-old, eating good food (I’m a total foodie) and hanging out with friends.

Last Netflix Binge:
The Land Before Time ( I have a 3 year old, LOL)

Musical Influences:
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin

Very First Musical Purchase:
Celine Dion cassette tape with the song “My Heart Will Go On.”

Do you have a favorite song from the new album? Why?
“Undefeated.” It has such a catchy beat that I can never get it out of my head! It is also my go to work out song.

What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
I’ve always been told God will use your passions to glorify Himself and witness to others. Music has always been that for me ever since I was a little girl singing in my school performances or talent shows. For me, music is an easy way to spread the love of Christ in a way that moves people.

What are your hopes for the new project?
My hopes are that people will feel the passion and inspiration behind the songs and truly know how cherished they are by God. A lot of my songs are about identity and what God says about you. So much of my life I have spent focusing on the lies other people thought about me and It wasn’t until I really started focusing on what God says about me, and ignoring outside voices, that I began to really grow as a person and truly love myself. I hope every woman, man, boy and girl listening to my songs can fully grasp the amount of God’s love and acceptance of them.

If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
I would definitely choose Hillsong United. I grew up listening to Hillsong’s music, with a shout out to the song, “Shout to the Lord.” The group has played a huge role in my journey with Christ.

What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” because what else do you play around Christmas time?

What was the last book you read?
Love Does by Bob Goff

Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
I wish I had written “So Will I” by Hillsong. Every single time I hear that song i just think “ahh those lyrics are SO GOOD!”

How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
“Wildflower” is the title track of the album, and I named it Wildflower because I wanted to write a song that empowered women. I wanted them to know they are beautiful exactly how they are, and they don’t have to try to be anything or anyone that they’re not. Wildflowers came to mind. These flowers don’t have to DO anything for their beauty, they just are. Each is a different shade of color, size and texture. Every single one of them, perfect in their own way. This is how I see women, every single one of us naturally beautiful the way we are.

What was the songwriting process like on this record?
At the time of writing this record, I was living in Austin and would travel back and forth from Nashville. Typically, I would spend a few days in Nashville and write all day with different people. I would start early in the morning and go late into the evening. It was a lot of brain power and I was really tired by the end of the day, but my writing sessions were so incredible. God really gave me the words to each of these songs and I hope they touch people the same way they have touched me.

Are there any underlying themes or threads that tie this project together?
Identity! Growing up biracial, I dealt with a lot of racism and unacceptance. Needless to say, I struggled with the idea of being enough. The inspiration behind my songs are from my past, and the journey I have taken to love myself and fully accept the love of God.

What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
I hope people listen to my music and know that they are worthy. Regardless of beliefs, every single person on this earth is deeply loved by God and I want people to walk in that love and know they are so special.

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Ross Cluver
Associate Publisher - Managing Editor

Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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