Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray Interview


Lauren Ray is a singer-songwriter from the UK who recorded her debut album ‘We Will Need Courage’ in Nashville last year, and it’s due out later this year. Her new single ‘Drive’ is out April 29, for more information please visit:

This is her music…

What is your favourite song of all time?

Super hard question and I am sorry to say I just can’t pick one song…there are just so many incredible songs out there by different and amazing artists. Just some of my favourites are Fleetwood Mac – Dreams, Michael Jackson – Billie Jean, Laura Marling – Rambling Man, Carole King – Natural Woman and so many others….

Can you remember when you fell in love with it?

I have fallen in love with all these songs for different reasons depending on where Ive heard them and in what context. That’s the beauty of music is that a song can take on a whole different meaning to you depending on where you hear it for the first time, who you are with, where you are in your life….I can remember the first time I heard Fleetwood Mac – Dreams which was in the back of my mums car and I remember just falling in love with the sound of it and Stevie Nicks wasn’t until later when I was a bit older that I fell in love with it lyrically too.

Has a song or album ever changed your life?

Hearing Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why for the first time made me realise that there was a place for softer vocals and more laid back tunes in the popular music world. Up until then it was mostly 90s pop groups and artists I had been exposed to and so hearing Norah’s voice on the radio and seeing how successful she became let me think there was potentially a place for my own voice and style out there one day.

If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?

  • Michael Jackson – Bad
  • Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • Alanis Morrissette – Jagged Little Pill

How much of your day do you spend listening to music?

60% of my day I am listening to music – when I’m walking in London, driving, working, cleaning, dinner with friends…music comes with me everywhere.

What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?

Live at a beautiful and intimate music venue. To go and hear music live is always a great – You get such a different feel for the music and the band when you experience it live.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?

One of my favourite shows of all time has to be seeing Stevie Wonder at Bestival a few years ago! It was hit after hit and I’ll never forget that performance.

Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?

It used to be bigger but moving around in London so much has meant I’ve downsized and digitalised all of my CDs for space and so I only have one box of favourites left. All my music is consumed on my iPod or via my Spotify playlists these days.

What does music mean to you?

Everything. I can’t imagine a life without it. Not just as a performer and writer myself but as a consumer of all music. I am forever amazed by the incredible music out there and so much I haven’t even heard yet which is why the Internet is so great for discovering new artists and new favourite songs every day.

What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?

A guaranteed tune to make you feel great at any time is Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free. This is always on my New Year’s Eve party mix.


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