Lauren WHITE's CD Release "Life In The Modern World"
Featuring Quinn Johnson (piano), Benjamin Shepard (bass), Chris Wabich (drums), Alex Budman (sax), Mike Stevers (trumpet), Francisco Torres (trombone), Steve Gregory (guitar) and Special Guest Mark Winkler(vocal)
Eminently soulful and stylish Los Angeles based vocalist Lauren White may be a relatively new face on the indie jazz scene, but she’s been leading up to her emergence with Meant To Be with a colorful career as a performer that includes appearing in musical shows on and off Broadway, acting on soap operas and working as a popular cabaret performer for many years.
It’s always inspiring when artists new to the public don’t play it safe by rehashing the same old standards we’ve heard a million times. More than simply a genre-transcendent 10 track set celebrating White’s many influences, Meant To Be is a true invitation. With her beautiful voice and crisp, emotional phrasing that goes inside the lyrics, she opens a door beyond these fresh interpretations of magical (and sometimes obscure) gems that will hopefully prompt listeners to embark on a whimsical musical discovery tour of their own.
Pianist and composer Quinn Johnson has lived in four different countries on three different continents, and has played music from around the world with Cuban, Brasilian, Persian, African, Middle Eastern and Chinese artists. He has performed and/or recorded with Steve Tyrell (for whom he serves as musical director), Rita Coolidge, John Densmore (of The Doors), Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli, Martin Short, Richard Carpenter, Clare Fischer, Regis Philbin, Jeff Kashiwa, Francisco Aguabella, Jack Sheldon, Wayne Brady, Tito Gomez, Down to the Bone, Marilyn Scott, Jerry Seinfeld, America's Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars. He has also appeared on many TV shows including the Tonight Show, the Today Show, the David Letterman Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and The View. His playing can be heard on manyTV shows and feature films. He has had the pleasure of playing music at some of the larger jazz festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Vitoria (Spain), Capetown, Detriot, San Jose, San Sebastion (Spain), and Bangkok, as well as performing in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Mark Taper Forum, and Boston Symphony Hall.