Los Angeles has more than its share of stars, but every once in a while, one outside of the famed inner circle shines above the hoopla. On L.A.’s indie music scene, Lauren Adams has developed a reputation for giving her heart and soul to her music. Adams’ music is a fusion of rock, folk, country, and blues, which is better known as Roots or Americana. Her sound is undeniably unique. She has combined her dedication to keeping things real and her spirit of giving back to others in all of her efforts. By doing so, Adams became one of the most widely respected singer-songwriters in California.
This genuine artist has been a vital part of the L.A. music scene, and continues to do her part in giving back to her community. As host of the long running Americana Music Circle (Kulak’s Woodshed, Hollywood), she has shared the stage with some of the greatest talent from every corner of the globe. She’s showcased at high profile events like SxSW (Austin, TX) and the Los Angeles Women’s Music Festival. More importantly, Lauren has been actively involved with local charitable events, including Hep C Aware (Hepatitis C awareness group).
Lauren’s own life experiences have shaped this generosity. This Florida native caught the music bug when she was little, which prompted her to attend the Berklee College of Music in MA, before moving out to California. Adams, like most folks, learned far more from the school of hard knocks, but the experiences have left her with a sense of gratitude. She truly appreciates any of the successes or accolades she receives, in being able to live out her dreams by doing what she loves: writing and performing music.
Adams has previously released two albums, “Here Tonight” and “Thirsty”. Lauren nabbed national exposure with “Thirsty” when it was selected for the Lion’s Gate film, “Peaceful Warrior” starring Nick Nolte. The track also received Honorable Mention at the International Songwriting Competition. Lauren’s latest album, “Secret Heart”, has garnered similar attention. The title track “Secret Heart” has received Honorable Mention at the 2007 International Songwriting Competition, and was written exclusively for an improvised film in the works, “The Canvas”. She has also been honored to share the stage with such legends as Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge on the road and in Los Angeles.
With the stellar musicianship on the CD, and production by guitar veteran Nicholas Newell Kirgo (David Lynch, Julee Cruise, Nels Cline, A.J. Croce, Vonda Shepard), the album is a virtual who’s who of the L.A. music scene. Kirgo and Adams provide extraordinary guitar work along with the likes of David Sutton (Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman) laying down bass, Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen) and Lynn “Skins” Coulter manning the drums, John “JT” Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) rounding thing out on keyboards, and Jesse Valenzua (Gin Blossoms) smokin’ on harmonica.
Lauren tours throughout the US and will continue to give audiences what they’ve come to expect from her: real, honest, vivacious, soulful, and thought provoking music performed from the heart.
In L.A.’s indie music scene, there are many stars fighting for attention, but after seeing her, there’s really no secret as to why Lauren Adams shines above the rest.