MusicLore began as a showcase for Lauren’s vocal talent across R&B, pop, alternative, rock and country. Her influences include Aretha Franklin, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Christina Aguilera, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Joss Stone, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Because of her natural talent and "feel" for singing soul and R&B classics, her early bandmates gave her the nick-name “Old Soul”.   The other half of MusicLore is Howard, Lauren's father as it turns out (!), who got an early start performing music while only in Middle School. At 15 he was playing in night clubs and by age 17 Howard was "on the road" as a professional musician in resorts, hotels and top venues throughout LA, Hollywood, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and Arizona.

Lauren's Full Bio

Lauren took to music at a very young age, starting when she was a baby and her father (Howard) would pull out his acoustic guitar and play “Rocky Raccoon” to help her fall asleep. After that she was hooked. Soon she and her father Howard were singing together at family gatherings in Northern Virginia.

As a first grader she starred in her very first play “The Little Train that Could” and Music Class became her favorite part of the day. In addition to singing, Lauren began dancing including a stint with a dance academy performing troupe. In middle school she starred in “The Wizard of Oz”, was a member of Concert Choir, and attended summer school for the performing arts.

After her family relocated to the far Western suburbs of Chicago when she was in high school, Lauren couldn't get enough of singing, dancing and acting. She joined the Concert Choir, an acapella all-girls group called the “8th Notes”, and an audition-only group of 4-girls and 4-boys called "The Huntley Singers". She was a cheerleader her freshman year and was awarded “All-Star Cheerleader" from the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). As a sophomore, she was a member of the Huntley Poms Dance Team and was awarded “All-American Dancer” from the National Cheerleading Association's (NCA) dance division. She also starred in “Guys and Dolls” in the role of "Sarah Brown". In her junior year, Lauren was awarded “All-Star Dancer” from the Universal Dance Association (UDA), portrayed character "Kim Macafee" in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”, had a featured role in a locally written original musical “The Golden Stairs”, and coached 5th and 6th grade cheerleading. As a senior, Lauren continued with her many singing groups, was paid to sing the national Anthem at ALL of the sporting events for her high school, performed at local community events including a locally aired telethon, Chamber of Commerce fundraisers, and local church events. She choreographed the JV and Varsity Cheerleading dance routines used for both school events and national competition, was named “All-Star Dancer” by the Universal Dance Association, participated in the Macy's day parade in New York City with the UDA dance group, starred as "Milly" in the musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", starred as "Alice Blake" in the play “Up the Down Staircase”, and was hired by Del Webb to sing the National Anthem at the dedication of a newly built baseball field alongside baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.

While attending Illinois State University, Lauren took a short break from music, but choreographed the dance routines for her sorority Chi Omega during their Greek Week competitions. After college, she moved to Livermore to be closer to her parents & brother who had relocated there a year earlier. She quickly realized that her life was empty without music and soon joined Artisan, an East Bay semi-professional band, as lead vocalist. She never looked back! Lauren has performed at countless corporate functions, huge 350+ attendee weddings, large private parties, community events and charitable fundraisers in venues throughout the SF Bay Area.

Howard's Full Bio

Howard began his musical career growing up with a Hammond church organ in his home and formal lessons as a drummer and percussionist, adding horns and flute in middle school, and back to playing drums in the High School Jazz Band. Howard switched full-time to guitar as a teenager to play the LA & Hollywood nightclub scene (initially having to be picked up for rehearsals and gigs, being too young to drive!). Just before he turned 18, Howard was selected to be a member of a touring show band performing in resorts and hotels throughout California, Nevada and Arizona, first as their lead guitarist while singing both lead and backing vocals, then switching to bass. In addition to live music performance, Howard has been an paid instrumentalist for orchestras in LA, Chicago and SF supporting musical stage productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Grease, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, High School Musical and Honk!  When he's not performing with MusicLore, Howard can often be found recording or filling-in with other SF Bay Area bands: "Jack Quigley and Souled Out" (bass/vocals), "Frankie Bones and Fire Hazard" (bass/vocals), "Gabe Duffin Band" (bass/vocals), smooth jazz saxophonist  "Eric Prosch" (bass/vocals), "Evan Thomas and Papa's Garage" (bass/vocals), "Blind To Reason" (bass/vocals), "The Hurricane Band" (bass/vocals), the "Turbo Fuegos" (guitar/vocals), and "Jazzy Friends featuring Glenn Osur".