Spellbinding. That's a powerful word, but it's really the only one that suits the talented Lauren Hulbert. The California singer-songwriter has lived worldwide- from East Coast to West Coast, and Thailand to Ecuador. 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. Ben Folds Five, The New Amsterdams, and Weezer are just some of the bands that gave her the spark she needed to ignite her musical career, and that fire is still being fueled by other inspirations like Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Feist, Andy Shauf and Henry Jamison. 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 upcoming 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. The name Superbloom was inspired not only by the sound of the EP itself but also by Hulbert blooming back to life; following a dangerous foot injury while on a surf trip in Indonesia, she was practically immobile for six months and it was unclear if she'd ever be able to walk again. While the music for this EP didn't come from the injury, it was a very dark time for her - life, as she knew it, had ended, and her artistic momentum was devastatingly quelled. Fortunately, over a year later, she has healed and credits the experience as terrifying but ultimately beneficial - one that allowed her to reassess her life, align with what's important and has made her all the more grateful for health and opportunity - and to be performing and sharing her music again.
Hulbert's passions 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, ukulele, and songwriting. Lauren finds groundedness and inspiration in communing with nature, with some of her favorite spots being Big Sur, Bolinas, and the Santa Monica Mountains, which are next door to this Southern California native’s hometown of Newbury Park. Surfing, in particular, is a spiritual activity, as connecting with the vastness and playfulness of the ocean balances her emotions and feeds her soul. Dedicated to her growth as an artist, she has used her modeling income to further invest in her musical projects and acting education. Following a five-month period in 2018 of studying and exploring the world of acting in NYC, she returned to California and continues to build an artist life for herself, working to balance crafts that are not only financially viable but creatively satisfying. 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.