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Check Out Lauren Frihauf’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Frihauf.

Hi Lauren, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I didn’t have the most conventional childhood; I grew up on a farm way out in Eastern Colorado and was homeschooled from 1st grade on. Though some assume I was deprived of social and creative opportunities due to my rural location, this was definitely not the case. Participating in the arts/sports was heavily encouraged in our household and I was able to freely explore different mediums and activities.

Music has always been a huge part of my life; I was interested from a young age, and after watching my older brothers practice their instruments on a daily basis, I began taking piano lessons. From then on, music has provided me a with safe space to express myself, and I feel most at home when I’m working on my craft. I’m now graduating high school, and while college seems to be a logical next step, I ultimately decided it isn’t the route for me- at least for now. I’m working with a college agency, so I can play music at colleges around the country and start making a living at what I love to do.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think it really is for anyone, to be honest. There will always be some bumps along the way, but when you truly have a passion for something, you find a way to work through it. Promoting shows and releases, keeping band members around, meeting people, and representing yourself as authentically as possible, can be difficult and sometimes emotionally taxing, but it’s part of the job.

For the most part, living rural is a blessing, and I love where I’m at; I’m able to really focus on my art, and stay in tune with myself and my mental health- it was very beneficial through the pandemic. Post-Covid, it poses a bit of a challenge; being 60 miles outside the music scene that I’d like to be a part of, however, it isn’t anything I haven’t been able to manage.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a musician/singer-songwriter, so outside of school, the majority of my time is spent creating, recording, performing, and collaborating with a variety of artists/producers from around the country.

Though my career is just beginning, I’ve been blessed with some wonderful opportunities. In 2020, my song “Adaline”, written with Ben Suyat, was a winner at the qualifying round of the Tennessee Songwriter Week, judged by Kix Brooks, Shane Minor, and Pat Higdon. Later that year, I auditioned for Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice”, where I made it to the Knockout Rounds on Teams Gwen and Legend; it was a wild, one-of-a-kind experience, and it gave me validation to continue on my path. Most recently, my entry for the Tiny Desk Contest 2022, “Fragments of a Stranger”, was featured in NPR’s “Entries We Love” contest blog, and was selected by Bobby Carter for Ep. 1 of Tiny Desk “Top Shelf”.

Over the last year, I’ve been releasing songs from a joint indie/soul project with the incredibly talented Ben Suyat. Two tracks, “June” and “Adaline”, dropped in 2021, and the final single, “Morrison”, will be available on all platforms June 17th, followed by “The Latona Ep” in August. In addition, I have several co-writes in the works, and have also been very busy composing and tracking my solo project, which you’ll hear more about in 2023!

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Since my mom is an artist, I was always equipped with an abundance of art supplies. The coffee table was a permanent drawing station, and I always carried this giant pink bag loaded with utensils and paper everywhere I went- my brothers’ sporting events, family gatherings, car rides, etc. It kept me occupied and there are at least ten 3-inch binders filled with drawings of various creatures in dresses, wonky side profile attempts, and oddly shaped animals.

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