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Lauren Kinhan Biography

Lauren Kinhan

Living in: New York City, New York.

Vocalist and composer Lauren Kinhan has been creating genre-merging music for years as evidenced on her four solo CD's, Circle in a Square, Avalon and Hardly Blinking and her most recent all standard collection, A Sleepin' Bee. You'll also hear her offerings evidenced in the New York Voices' family of sound.

In 2017 she released A Sleepin' Bee, paying tribute to the great jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson. Focusing on her iconic collaboration with Cannonball Adderley and other earlier works with George Shearing, Lauren curated and soulfully crafted 10 tracks with pianist Andy Ezrin that are receiving much worldwide praise, "...brilliance in interpreting ballads, off-the-cuff maneuvers in bluesy and bawdy environments, whip-smart interactions with the instrumentalists-and you end up with a complete picture of her talents and the manners in which she claims these songs as her own," said Allaboutjazz.

Circle in a Square and A Sleepin' Bee were funded by successful Kickstarter campaigns and promptly released on her Dotted i Records. Partnering with 8 time Grammy Award winning Elliot Scheiner on these outings produced sonically rich records with a long list of gorgeous musicians to boast.

Prior to A Sleepin' Bee's emergence, Lauren has been most known for her 3 CD's of originals. Her training in jazz and deep connection to the singer/songwriter narrative have developed a voice and style that is expressive and fearless while her love of prose keeps her dreaming of ways to lead her listeners on different adventures. 2014's Circle in a Square raised the bar with an exquisite story book of songs and a cast of stars that would usually be a large label feat. Lauren's reputation and grace have earned her the respect of her peers and reviewers alike. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times wrote, "She has never shone brighter," and Richard Kamins of Step Tempest wrote, "'s the strength of the songs and the vocals that makes the deepest impression. Ms. Kinhan's emotional delivery, her ability to bend a note to make a word sustain, and the poetry is a joy to return to time and again."

Versatility as a composer is evidenced in her contributions to New York Voices CDs over the years, and co-founding two other super groups, Moss and JaLaLa. In 2010, Moss was included in DownBeat's 'Best CDs of the 2000s' issue. And JaLaLa, short for Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan, released their tribute to Johnny Mercer, That Old Mercer Magic, in 2009.

You can hear Lauren's voice on the multi-Grammy nominated Bobby McFerrin's project VOCAbuLaireS and Ornette Coleman's 1996 release Sound Museum, Three Women. She toured with Ornette, and was asked to be a part of his 1997 Lincoln Center retrospective, "?Civilization" featuring Billie Higgins, Charlie Haden and Gerrie Allen.

Lauren served on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy's NY Chapter 2008-2010 and currently sits on the Jazz and Grammy Career Day committees. She is adjunct faculty at LIU Post and The New School while also be an in demand educator throughout the world. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

Member of New York Voices (Current) - Founder