Lauren Housley

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Country

Instrument/voice type: Singer-songwriter

Location: Yorkshire


Lauren Housley is a singer and songwriter hailing from Yorkshire, UK. Her love of music started early, with a deep connection to great songs, the craft of storytelling and emotive vocal performance. “It was like magic to me, that music could have such an impact on the way I felt. It became my therapy.”

“Being a deeply empathetic person led me to channel my emotions into poems and songs, with a hope that they would bring some comfort, joy and understanding to people.” Lauren independently released her debut album Sweet Surrender in 2015, quickly garnering acclaim from fans and fellow musicians. The album’s first single, ‘Ghost Town Blues’ hit the BBC Radio 2 playlist, whilst album track, The Waiting Game, became Robert Elms’ favourite track of the year on his BBC Radio London Show. The album picked up steam from there when several album tracks received regular play across various BBC Radio stations, which led to Lauren being contacted by Live Nation.

Lauren was invited to perform at the 02 Arena in London as part of Bluesfest, alongside some of the artists that have inspired her, including Van Morrison & Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Lauren is the ‘GIRL FROM THE NORTH’ whose new album is set for release in 2020. Dealing with love, loss and the turbulence of growing up and learning about life, Lauren brings a refreshing air of optimism and heart-warming hope with an empowering belief in oneself to overcome obstacles after being inspired by the decision to move back to her hometown of Rotherham. The album was written and recorded in a recording studio she built in the town centre.

The support from the Do It Differently Fund is helping me with the release of my new album, Girl From The North. It is allowing me to carry out a digital marketing campaign for my new music, get my album mastered and also work with a designer to help me refine the presentation of my work online.