Authentic. Poetic. Conscious. Real. Raw. She wrote her first song at six. She discovered the written word as a teenager; creating her truly unique style of expressing mystical experiences through symbolic imagery and music. Inspired by bluegrass, rock and rootsy R&B, Lauren soon wrote her first Americana-flavored compositions, and thus began the journey to performing as a vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist.
Born in Queens, New York, Lauren both found and developed her authentic expression through poetry and music…. She began performing acoustic in San Francisco, later moving to Boulder, Colorado and formed her band, Coy Kindred. The band toured the Western U.S.; playing its rugged blend of rock, blues and funk at festivals, theaters saloons and bars.
Moved and inspired by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Janis Joplin, surely some of the greatest women rockers ever….Lauren Monroe developed a style that producers, musicians and rock historians have compared to those legendary women of rock and blues….a sound and vocal quality that is a nod to raw, sawdust-on-the-floor honesty that, combined with the emotional and spiritual power of her performance, draws audiences in, invigorates and speaks to us on so many levels.
“I experience music as an activator for healing. The sounds, the phrasing, the tempos, the lyrics all can cultivate a connection to our soul. The songs I write often come through me as visual imagery. I’ve often said that If I could pinpoint a genre for myself I would call my work visual music.”
Her releases “Give” and “The Freedom Sessions” album cross over into the genres of Americana, Roots and Rock and feature Def Leppard drummer and producer Rick Allen and John “J.T.” Thomas, keyboardist with Bruce Hornsby. Lauren is an advocate for Animal Rights and Social Justice, themes prevalent in her music, which has been featured in award winning independent films such as Wild Horses and Renegades, Spirit Riders and Horse Medicine. The artist compilation CD “ To Unite All” features Monroe’s original music, and benefitted healing and peace in the middle east. Artists Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and Roger Waters also appear on the CD.
THE HUMANITARIAN AND ACTIVIST
Lauren believes in using her artistic gift, her advocacy, her music, and her pedigree to have a social voice… to help….and to heal.
She, along with her rockstar husband, Rick Allen, co-founded the Raven Drum Foundation and created the Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program. She teaches and facilitates mind body, drum workshops and empowerment drum circles.
“Music and healing have been the foundation of our relationship that naturally carried into our work with Raven Drum Foundation, Project Resiliency and supporting people and communities recovering from crisis. It has never been a question of “if” we should live in the world together this way, only when and where. Rick and I both have always felt that our life’s purpose together is to offer the most authentic expressions of who we are with the intention of awakening and strengthening others. The music flows from this dream. This is the dream that I’ve sung about since I was a child.”
Lauren Monroe MA, LMT has been an empathic practitioner and teacher of energy healing since 1992. Her healing arts background includes specialized work with incarcerated teens, hospice care, and wounded soldiers returning from combat. She has studied and apprenticed with Christian Benedictine Monks, Tribal Healers of Brazil, Mexico, North America and New Zealand and has been a spiritual healer and guide for clients and students from around the world.
Lauren’s extraordinary voice, her significant message, and her healing soul grace recordings of Give, The Freedom Sessions, Oneness Chant, Raven Drum Circle and Chakra Chants.