When legendary Phil Ramone discovered and signed Lauren at a Bitter End performance in NYC in 1997, people began to really take notice of her fiercely creative voice and original music. 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. Any way you look at it, she’s a jazz vocalist with a broad imagination and an appetite for mixing things up. Phil called her a true songstress.
Since 1992, Lauren has been a member of the internationally renowned vocal group New York Voices. Their career has taken them all over the world working with many of music’s gems like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Ivan Lins and The Manhattan Transfer. In 2013 NYV celebrated their 25th Anniversary with two new releases, New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band and their long anticipated Holiday CD, Let it Snow. Their ever growing list of programs keep them busy with world class symphonies and big bands and their successful educational division has grown from offering Master Classes and Workshops all over the world to producing the annual New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp currently in partnership with Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Lauren’s versatility as a composer is shown in her contributions on New York Voices CDs over the years, and co-founding two other super groups, Moss and JaLaLa. Moss, made up of Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge and Lauren, released their self titled CD, Moss, in 2008 to rave reviews. JaLaLa is short for Janis Siegel (The Manhattan Transfer), Laurel Massé (founding member of The Manhattan Transfer) and Lauren Kinhan, and they released their tribute to Johnny Mercer That Old Mercer Magic in 2009.
You can hear Lauren’s voice on the recent Bobby McFerrin project, VOCAbuLaireS, and Ornette Coleman’s 1996 release, Sound Museum, Three Women. She toured with Ornette, and was asked to join the line up of his 1997 Lincoln Center retrospective, “?Civilization” featuring Billie Higgins, Charlie Haden and Gerri Allen.