By: Omar Cook
Lauryn Harris is an up and coming singer from from Houston, Texas! At 21, she is currently attending Texas State University and getting her degree in mass communication with a minor in music. Fashion and beauty is another avenue she want to pursue in her career along with music! She just dropped her first project called Inside My Head, but don’t sleep on this artist as this is someone you will want to keep an eye out for in the future!
Check out her new Ep Inside My Head!
We talked with Lauryn Harris in an exclusive interview, check it out below!
QUESTION: How long have you been making music and how did you get started?
Lauryn Harris: Well I’ve always wanted to sing since the age of four and that dream has never left me. As for making my own music I started about exactly this time last year, I never really was much of a writer but I ended up loving it.
QUESTION: What was your inspiration for the title of this project?
Lauryn Harris: My thoughts are always so scattered and I felt that the songs on this project perfectly reflected that. I had no clear vision on where I wanted to go on this EP I just sang and wrote about what was on my mind at that time.
QUESTION: What do you want people to gather from listening to your music?
Lauryn Harris: I want people to get to know me and who I am as an artist. With each song I hope listeners feel the emotions I put into a song and enjoy the overall experience.
QUESTION: What do you feel is a song that people MUST listen to on this album?
Lauryn Harris: Butterflies. This song is about that feeling you get when a new person comes in your life and you just can’t contain yourself. It’s just an overall happy song and makes you wanna dance
QUESTION: Musically, who has been your biggest influence in helping you along your journey and who are your favorite musicians?
Lauryn Harris: I’d say Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and Sade. All of these women have voices that captivate you and they all tell stories in their music.
QUESTION: What do you feel is your best song ever released and why?
Lauryn Harris: I’d say “Chaos” because that was the first full length song I wrote and recorded when I got started making music. I was going through a lot at the time, my grandfather had past away at the time, I was going through depression, so I grabbed a pen and wrote away.
QUESTION: How do you generate new ideas for your music?
Lauryn Harris: I just have to be inspired, and it happens at the most random times, like when I wrote “5 AM”, I was supposed to be studying for an exam.
QUESTION: What motivates you and how do you define success?
Lauryn Harris: I am blessed with an amazing family that has always supported my dreams. My parents have been with me through this journey between paying for vocal lessons when I was younger, never missing my recitals, and constantly lifting me up when I feel down.
QUESTION: How do you describe your music to people?
Lauryn Harris: I’d say an alternative r&b mixed with neo-soul.
QUESTION: Do you believe there is a formula to being a successful artist?
Lauryn Harris: Honestly, this might sound cliché but good ole hard work.
QUESTION: Who is your greatest inspiration?
Lauryn Harris: My mom, she is amazing, when she wants something she goes for it and gets it done. She inspires me do that with my music.
QUESTION: Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Lauryn Harris: I think my music is a mix of happiness and sadness, mixed with some attitude. I feel like I have to have a good balance.
QUESTION: What sacrifices have you had to make, to make your dream a reality?
Lauryn Harris: I don’t really think I’ve had to sacrifice anything yet, I’m a college student, I work, and I do music. Yes, it gets difficult but life is all about balance.
QUESTION: What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
Lauryn Harris: I think writing and recording go hand in on making my music. Some days I come up with great material writing and some days my mind is completely blank. I am such a perfectionist when it comes to my singing so when I’m recording I redo something I don’t like about a million times.
QUESTION: Where do you see yourself and your music in 10 years?
Lauryn Harris: In 10 years I’ll be 31, I hope to be established in the industry by then and hopefully have a couple grammys. I’ll still be making music and hopefully make my mark in this world.
QUESTION: What advice would you give to other up and coming artists or people looking to break into the music industry?
Lauryn Harris: I’m still trying to break into the industry and I’m still learning but if I could give advice it would be when you get discouraged trying to create sit back, take a break, and come back to it. Whatever you were struggling to find will come back to you.