Lauren Kinhan

Let’s Live Again


From the album A Sleepin’ Bee
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When legendary producer Phil Ramone discovered and signed Lauren Kinhan at the Bitter End in NYC in 1997, people began to really take notice of her pioneering voice and original songs. With influences steeped in jazz, followed closely by her love of the great singer/songwriters, she has morphed a style that borrows from both disciplines while moving the original song forward in new and unexpected ways.  She’s a jazz vocalist with a broad imagination and an appetite for mixing things up. Phil summed her up as a true songstress.

With 3 successful solo recordings of her originals to date, Lauren is always in search of the next creative puzzle to unravel.  In 1999 she released Ramone’s singer/songwriter catch, Hardly Blinking.  In 2010, Lauren co produced with Ben Wittman, Avalon, songs in the key of pop and jazz.  And in 2014, she released the rave reviewed, Circle in a SquareJazz Journal called it, “a vocal tour de force,” and the Midwest Record said, “this set sounds familiar but like nothing you’ve heard beforegiving us a nu kind of jazz thrush without the tortured artist effect.” Jazz Times simply said, “Lauren has never shone brighter.”  With Grammy Award Winning Elliot Scheiner and seed money from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Circle featured a traditional jazz trio punctuated with special guests; Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, Donny McAslin, Chuck Loeb, Joel Frahm, and Gary Versace.

In 2016, Lauren’s itch to finally address the great American songbook began to intensify  Never much of a concept artist, an idea to study Nancy Wilson became a calling and soon produced, A Sleepin’ Bee.  In her youth, the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley record was an all time favorite.  Partnering with pianist Andy Ezrin, they arranged songs from that iconic recording, along with selections from her collaboration with George Shearing and a few others gems.  Recording it at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, with Mr. Scheiner, Lauren tips her hat to an artist that contributed to her falling in love with the jazz thrush.  Available Oct 6, 2017.

Lauren has been a member of the internationally renowned vocal group New York Voices since 1992.  New York Voices shares two Grammy awards for their featured work on Paquito D’Rivera’s Brazilian Dreams in 2003 and the Count Basie Orchestra’s Live at the Manchester Craftsman Guild in 1997.

NYV’s 30th Anniversary in 2018 will be ripe with new music.  A collaboration with the great Brazilian composer Ivan Lins and the Danish Radio Big Band and a standard tribute with the Bob Mintzer Big Band.  Additionally, the Voices are beginning work on their 8th studio recording with Elliot Schiener in hopes of releasing it in this epic year of celebration.

Another of Lauren’s favorite projects, Moss, is reuniting to put the creative momentum and writing chops back in motion for a second release.

Along with all her performance, songwriting and arranging projects, Lauren is adjunct faculty at the New School and LIU Post.  Her in demand workshops, artist in residence features and directing round out a robust career.

Lauren is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.