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Medium Exclusive Premiere: Lauren Lizabeth’s Acoustic Version of “Wreck It”

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Lauren Lizabeth’s introduction to country music came from the only radio station that played any in the listening area of Narragansett, Rhode Island, where she grew up. Her older brother was a country fan and tuned in to the station when he drove her.

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The New England native took the stage in her first musical at age 6 and continued to act and sing throughout her school years, landing her first professional acting job with Theatre By The Sea in Southern Rhode Island while still in high school.

Read you performed in musicals while you were in school. Which were your favorites to act in?

I absolutely loved doing musicals growing up and I’d have to say my two favorites were “Guys and Dolls” and “Little Women”.

College in New York. What was the country music scene like in the city?

New York is one of my absolute favorite places and the four years I spent there are some of my favorite memories. One of my favorite things about it is the diverse music scene. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of country music fans in the city.

Co-writing all the songs for the EP “To Be Young”. Was it cathartic or difficult to focus the lyrics on the very personal loss of a romantic relationship?

I think when you’re writing about something personal it can be a little of both. Writing about a loss of a relationship is definitely cathartic but also brings up all of those hard feelings again.

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Your first single, the title track off your debut EP, charted on Billboard Country Indicator Chart for 16 weeks. What was it like to hear your song was being played on more than 145 radio stations?

It is one of the proudest moments of my life so far! Even years later I still can’t believe that happened, and I’m so grateful.

“Wreck It”. What message do you hope fans takeaway from the song?

I hope people know that it is okay for relationships to not work out sometimes. Just because things end, doesn’t mean the love wasn’t real and worthwhile.

Releasing a piano version of your latest. How does this version differ from the original?

When I decided to do a video, I knew I wanted to do a piano version. This song is really emotional and raw and I think you can really feel that with this version and video.

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You’ve said that fellow New Englander Jo Dee Messina is one of the female country stars who have inspired you. Which one of her songs do you wish you wrote?

I wish I’d written “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” That’s one of my favorites of hers and still on my set list to this day!

Having a song on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera (“Fall Too Far”). Does the process differ when writing a song specifically for a television show?

Yes definitely! When writing for TV sometimes we’re given a certain situation that we try to tailor a song for so the content and mood of the song can be really specific. I still try to make it personal to me so I can connect to the material more but it depends on what is needed.

How do you see the music industry bouncing back post quarantine?

I’m hoping things can eventually go back to normal and I really hope there’s a new appreciation for the arts.

You get to choose the venue and lineup for your first show back. Where will you be playing and with whom?

If we’re talking dream venues, I’d have to say the Opry with Maren Morris, Chris Young and Little Big Town. Maybe one day, right!?

Staying upbeat during the pandemic. What are some positives that have come out of your quarantine?

I know this has been a hard time for a lot of people and like everyone else I’ve had my ups and downs with being out of work but I’ve also had a lot of time on my hands for positive things. I finally released new music after four years and had a lot of quality time with my guitar and piano. I’ve been enjoying the change of pace but I am so excited to get back out there playing shows.

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