Lauren Balthrop, a folk-pop singer songwriter hailing from Nashville, has a crystal-fueled voice. She is currently hard at work on her 2nd album produced by Nick Kinsey (of Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby) and is planning for an early 2022 release.
In 2020, she found herself stuck at home along with the whole world while a pandemic raged and the US battled with the consequences of its racist history. Lost without a cause, Lauren put her efforts toward creating a protest EP that would raise funds for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Where Is Love protest EP release on Martin Luther King Jr day in January of 2021.
Her debut album, THIS TIME AROUND, released in late 2018 on Tone Tree Music, is a dreamy pop album, produced by Josh Kaufman (of Bonny Light Horseman, Taylor Swift, Bob Weir, The National, Hiss Golden Messenger). The album described by Audio Femme as “the bittersweet sensation of a person, a moment, a time in your life disappearing” is beguiling in its honesty, rich in dark sonic beauty and above all, devilishly playful.
Since the album’s release, Balthrop has been busy on tour with Kevin Morby, and in the past she has also worked with Bob Weir, Benjamin Booker, Elizabeth & the Catapult, Dawn Landes, Ximena Sariñana and more. She was also a member of the excellent doo-wop trio Bandana Splits, and in 2013 Balthrop released an album under the name Dear Georgiana winning attention from Stereogum who called her songs “absolutely lovely”.