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Lucky Lauren

Traveling the country, one song at a time

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Lauren Weintraub

On St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, Lauren Weintraub, 18, sets up her piano, guitar and displays five dollar copies of her pop music album titled ‘Lauren Weintraub’ in the inside of her guitar case. People wearing green St. Patrick’s apparel are eating seafood and pizza. They begin to stare at the five-foot strawberry blonde young singer, as she starts her two-hour free show.

Lauren Weintraub

With over 46,000 views on YouTube, 13,000 SoundCloud plays and two national anthem performances at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park, she has reached many young aspiring artists and music listeners in the United States, Europe, Australia and Africa.

Weintraub, who just graduated a semester early from Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Sudbury Massachusetts, is currently touring full-time around New England. Before attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to study music and songwriting in fall 2017, Weintraub has many performances lined up. She will continue to play at Faneuil Hall and even add some new locations at restaurants and taverns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Lauren Weintraub

Weintraub started singing at the age of four when her mother Leslie signed her up for a singing group for kids called ‘Broadway Babies’, near their family home in Sudbury. Weintraub realized she had a special connection with singing and begged her mother to sign her up for more classes. This time, Weintraub wanted to intensify her experience and decided to take private voice lessons. “I started to learn how to sing properly, learned more songs and I just stuck with it because it made me really happy,” says Weintraub, while sitting on a brown bench outside of a Quincy Market store filled with Boston apparel and souvenirs.

Left to right, Lauren Weintraub and Sharon Erman

When Weintraub and her current singing coach Sharon Erman met, they became a team. Erman, who has been teaching Weintraub’s for almost two years now, is originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey. Erman has ten years of teaching experience and studied visual and performing arts at Syracuse University.

Weintraub and Erman practice once a week, working on vocal warm ups, specific phrases in songs that need extra work and singing scales. “I knew from the first time I heard her that Lauren was talented – but she continued to work so hard, on top of all the other commitments she has in her life, school, friends, auditioning and performing – I really respect that,” Erman says.

Erman says Weintraub’s voice is balanced, has clarity, flexibility, and great ease. “This is important because it allows her to be able to better communicate what it is she is trying to express in a song and have a stronger connection with her audience,” says Erman. Erman also says that Weintraub is able to connect with her audience, which makes her a more confident performer.

Lauren Weintraub performing at Quincy Market

Back in the crowded Faneuil Hall rotunda, a couple has been sitting on a bench and listening to Weintraub for about 10 minutes. They get up and pull out five dollars, placing it inside of her guitar case and grab a copy of her album. Weintraub stops in the middle of singing and says “Aw, thank you so much.” To the left of her, a group of teenage girls wearing paper hats are singing along to Weintraub’s version of ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay. Each take out one dollar and individually walk over to place it inside the case. “Thank you so much, that means a lot,” Weintraub says.

Left to right, Drake Bell, Lauren Weintraub, Christina Grimme, and Chris Jamison

Besides Boston’s Faneuil Hall, Weintraub has traveled to New York City, Nashville and California which is where she’s had some of her greatest experiences performing live. “A lot of people are just songwriters and that’s what they do. Performing is definitely something I never want to stop doing,” says Weintraub.

About a year ago, Weintraub opened up for the late singer Christina Grimme at the UC Berkeley campus. “It was a crazy time, I got to meet and talk to her, which was so inspiring. Her song ‘Liar Liar’ was one of the first songs I covered,” she says.

Weintraub grew up on pop stars like Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles. Swift and Bareilles have given Weintraub the inspiration to create her original song ‘Lucky’ and other original pop songs that were released on Apple Music and Spotify in fall of 2016.

Lauren Weintraub

“Spotify is a gift from god.” Weintraub states. Not only is Weintraub’s music available for listeners to add to their playlists, but also she uses Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist to choose which songs she is going to cover for her upcoming shows. By choosing the most popular songs, it’s likely that she will get the crowd to sing along with her.

Weintraub’s continuous dedication shows that a dream can come true no matter how young you can be.“ One of my favorite feelings is being inspired and so if I could just give that feeling to just one person, that just makes me feel so good,” says Weintraub.

Lauren Weintraub

Weintraub’s fan base continues to grow after every show. With her Instagram account at over 3,000 followers, this has become a steady platform for her fans to reach out, send messages and even give her suggestions on what to cover next.

Her fans have confessed to Weintraub that she has inspired them to learn new things in the musical world. “Most people send me a message and they’re like ‘Oh my gosh, you’re amazing, you inspired me to learn guitar’ or something. And that’s just the coolest feeling for me. Like, Whoa,” says Weintraub, “I inspired them to learn an instrument? That’s so cool.”

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