An award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Lauren Pratt spans the vocal range of blues, Celtic, Country, and Folk, one finger-picking guitar ballad at a time. She plays from a catalog of original and cover songs and is available for weddings, corporate events, house concerts, and worship leading. Both of her albums, Days Like Tonight (2015), and Live at Monster Studios (2016) are available everywhere music is sold online. She is currently in the final stages of production on her third album, due out in early spring 2019.
My husband and I were planning an intimate wedding reception at a brewery just north of Boston, and after looking into her work, we hired Lauren to entertain guests during our cocktail hour. Lauren arrived on time, promptly set up and performed some of the most heart-felt acoustic renditions of our favorite songs. She impressed our guests, my husband and I with her sonorous voice, range of songs and guitar skills. Communication prior to the event was both professional and timely. She was enthusiastic to help us compose a playlist with all our favorite songs and was genuinely interested in ensuring our event was successful. I would highly recommend Lauren for her solid work ethic, musical talent, range and flexibility. We look forward to booking her for future events we host.
- Peter & Paul
Response from Lauren Pratt:
Thank you, Peter! What a lovely review from an equally lovely couple. I was honored to played for your celebration; thank you for the opportunity!
Engaging, lively, spunky - the guests loved her. A very rare talent! Gorgeous voice.
Response from Lauren Pratt:
Many thanks, Deidre! I had an absolutely lovely time with your guests; the dinner and the harbor views were a pleasant departure from normal venues!
I booked Lauren for my wedding reception, and I couldn't have done better. It was simply her voice and her guitar and that was all that was needed. Her musical skill and the passion she puts into every song set the most beautiful backdrop for an occasion I wanted to be unforgettable. She's so talented, you can hardly believe you're listening to her live! I'd readily book her for another engagement.
What to Expect
As a solo performer, most of my performance is in the actual translation of the songs themselves, rather than pyrotechnics or other impressive visuals (although, if you have some visuals at your disposal, I'm open to it).
In my performances on tour, almost half the show is banter with the audience. However, depending on the event, I speak very little or not at all. As an actress and classically trained performer, I am able and willing to take direction to this effect. I realize you are hiring a service, and as a hired performer I am open to discussing various aspects of the performance that might stray from my usual set.
As a youngster in southern Florida, Pratt teethed on the vocal melodies of Alison Krauss, tapped her feet to the celtic beats of Loreena McKennitt, sipped the "Red, red wine" of the B52s, and fed on the harmonies of Jennifer Knapp.
"Neither of my parents are musically inclined, but they had impeccable taste" says Pratt. When her uncle sent her a guitar one hot summer afternoon, Pratt immediately fell in love with the possibilities 6 strings offered, and took off running as a self-taught learner.
Having been borderline obsessed with the poetry classics as a child, she quickly began putting them into song form and playing them, to her family's surprise. That led to choir involvement and the realization that Lauren had a rather unexpectedly powerful voice, which in turn led to studying classical voice and opera arias in college.
After brief stint in the opera world in Colorado, she packed up and headed to Nashville, land of dreams, to record her first two albums, Days Like Tonight and Live at Monster Studios.
She is currently recording her third project, Young American Sycamore, while working on her Masters degree in Boston.
Additional Booking Notes
I have listed necessary equipment on the set up list, however I can rent equipment for a fee (included in the fee).
I play my own songs from my album "Days Like Tonight", but also renditions of old folk and country songs like "Silver Dagger", "Long Black Veil", "Long Ride Home", and the like.
I'm open to learning new covers - please specify in your booking request if there are specific songs or artists you would like to hear.
Influences & Inspiration
Alison Krauss, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile are my biggest lyrical and vocal influences.
As a child, I listened almost exclusively to Alison Krauss thanks to my parents' musical taste, and teethed on the hymn structures of church worship. Long before I studied singing, or even sang outside of the shower, I was playing various instruments. I am entirely self-taught on guitar, influenced by the above songstresses (although James Taylor should definitely be credited as well).
After studying classical voice in college and a brief stint in the opera world, I moved to Nashville to pursue my own writing and performance and here we are. Me on this side of the computer drinking coffee, you on the other side of GigSalad searching for the right fit for your event.
I've played at corporate events, wedding services and receptions, fundraising settings, and more.
Can I play for yours?
Acoustic amplifier/ speaker system