Featuring Performance Guest, Highly Personal Folk-Pop Artist, Lauren Hulbert; and Interview Guest, Coach, Teacher, and Storyteller, Aerin Lim, on The LIFE CHANGES Show, Episode 760
Interview Guest: AERIN LIM; and Performance Guest: LAUREN HULBERT
Spellbinding. That’s a powerful word, but it’s really the only one that suits the talented Lauren Hulbert. Her dreamy vocals have been leaving audiences breathless for years, enchanting listeners with her warm, winsome, highly personal combination of folk, alternative country-rock, and atmospheric semi-acoustic pop. The singer has a diversified palate: while she is currently a folk-pop artist, she began competing in Bach and classical festivals as a kid. She can switch back and forth between her classically trained piano skills or self-taught guitar expertise easily. Her favorite lyrical subject is the human condition; she finds inspiration in every feeling, emotion, and situation to create lyrically dense and bona fide tracks. It’s important for Lauren to vocalize and visualize her experiences and hardships into muses to build connections and heal others.
A fan described Lauren Hulbert’s music perfectly, “It’s so honest, and goes down like honey.” Her shows are subtly dazzling, her recordings are softly gorgeous, and her screen presence is positively luminous. Best of all, she does it in a manner that isn’t ostentatious in the slightest: Hulbert favors pure and unadorned folk arrangements that emphasize her thoughtful lyrics, her carefully-wrought melodies, and her radiant voice.
On her latest EP, Superbloom, Hulbert showcases herself as a true believer in the power of love and music as well as a strong guitarist and a deeply communicative storytelling singer. Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco with engineer and multi-instrumentalist James Riotto (recorded with John Vanderslice, Geographer), drummer/percussionist Andrew Maguire (played/toured/recorded with Mirah, Meernaa, Kings of Convenience, Gregory Alan Isakov), and guest musicians mandolinist Daniel Mark (former Dustbowl Revival member) and cellist Helen Newby, they intuitively assembled five sweet, harmonious folk-pop tracks with depth and edge.
The California singer-songwriter has lived worldwide- from Thailand to Ecuador and most recently her father’s homeland of New Zealand. Hulbert’s interests outside of music include acting, modeling, surfing, and teaching. When she’s not playing the instruments herself, she’s mentoring other creatives in piano, guitar, and ukulele. Lauren finds groundedness and inspiration in communing with nature, especially the redwoods and the Santa Monica Mountains, which are next door to this Southern California native’s hometown of Newbury Park.
Impressively, she is also the recipient of the 2013 RAW Artists Ventura Chapter Artist of the Year Award & the September 2014 West Coast Songwriters Song Award for “Burn,” the final track on Superbloom.
More about Lauren Hulbert and her music at: www.laurenhulbert.com and