Model, writer, journalist, musician, and singer to name a few, Lauren Napier has garnered many roles to provide for her ever-changing address. Moving to Tennessee, Lauren was surrounded by country music and southern twang. However, it was the discrimination against Black and biracial artists which initially deterred her from entering the industry.
Understanding that she didn’t have to fit into the classic country mindset and could forge her own path, she returned to country music. A fan of Bob Dylan and the Ramones, Lauren has been described as a Punk Rock Doll. On January 15th Lauren released her album “Mourning Moon.” Lauren describes the album as “the melancholy spaghetti western soundtrack I had always wanted.” Each song in the album has its own narrative. “Sound of Fire” tells of the Berlin riots, “St. Charles Romance” about her favorite bridge in Prague, and “Dirty Deeds” inspired by a photo of two migrant boots hanging off a bed frame. While performing, Lauren is most moved by the audience’s reactions, a thank you for helping them to feel the same emotions she had when writing the song.
With plans to record at Church Hill Studios in Oregon, Lauren can’t wait for “the cat, the fellow, and I to get back on the road and tour” when possible. You can listen to “Mourning Moon” on Spotify and find Lauren on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi