Lauren Eylise staked her spot in the music industry with the release of her debut EP Life/Death/Life in September 2017; however, music has been this singer-songwriter's heart and soul for as long as she can remember.
Singing since the tender age of 2 years old, music emerged as an innate form of expression for Lauren. Though her formal education in music was scarce, Lauren’s craft was propelled by her passion and life experiences.
When the racially hostile culture of her university’s campus left her feeling depressed and alone, songwriting emerged as a form of healing for the songstress. Upon learning of the unplanned conception of her son after embarking on her career in New York City, it was her first single “Petals” that healed her despair and sparked her music career.
Lauren Eylise’s genre-defying music can only be accurately categorized as eclectic-soul, as an array of influences make up her sound while each song is born from lessons of the soul. Her commanding vocals and acoustic stylings exude an indie-folk style with R&B overtones that easily appeal to the energy of Pop music. And when armed with her full band, The Part-Time Lovers, the soul singer’s sound fuses funkadelic rock and electric blues. She is unapologetic, autonomously sensual and vulnerably transparent in her music and presence.
Life/Death/Life, Lauren's 7-track debut EP, showcases her maturity as a vocalist and a composer. With a matter-of-fact candor comparable to Lauryn Hill and the savagery of SZA’s CTRL, the songstress’ message is founded on the belief that each story, no matter how painful or powerful, is born to be told. Lauren seeks to empower women to live unapologetically as their soul dictates through her music.
Lauren Eylise’s resume reflects more than six years of work under her belt. As such, she has opened stages for the likes of Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, Jidenna, Tank, and The Bangas Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli, Train, John Legend, Matt Kearney, Raheem Devaughn, Tank, and many more.
Most recently, Lauren has appeared as frontwoman for P&G's Secret Deodorant #AllStrengthNoSweat campaign. Lauren Eylise’s emergent repertoire has drawn streams from her homeland in Cincinnati to New York and internationally in Germany, France, and South Africa. In 2016, she was named Women In Charg3’s Best RnB Artist of the Year and went on to be nominated for several Cincinnati Music Awards including Best Live Act, Best Singer-Songwriter and Best R&B/Funk/Soul Artist.
Lauren’s sophomore project is set for release in Spring 2020.
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Lauren Eylise, "Peaks and Valleys"
2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest - Heat Check
This video is the definition of doing the most ... in the best way possible. Lauren Eylise's "Peaks and Valleys" takes your emotions to unexpected highs and lows throughout the five-minute journey. With her buttery smooth runs, finger-pointing conviction and a sublime backing band, this song has been stuck in my head from the moment I pressed play.
- Sidney Madden via NPR Music
THE NEW SINGLE
BLACK GIRL MAGIC
"Sonically, "Voodoo (Black Girl Magic)" is emotive, powerful and majestic, with a hearty pulsating beat, anthemic song structure, distorted guitar riffing and heart-swelling melodies. The full-bodied combination of Pop, Rock and Soul meshes perfectly with the lyrical themes of strength, resilience and empowerment."
Lauren Eylise sits down with Kelly Clarkson and Nicole Barsalona, president of Women In Music, to discuss Lauren's journey as a female working within a male-dominated music industry and her partnership with Secret Deodorant.
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Watch Lauren Eylise as she teams up with Procter & Gamble to showcase how she's all strength and no sweat in their latest Secret Deodorant commercials.
During the 2019 Cincinnati Music Festival, Secret's purpose to embolden and unite women under the theme of #AllStrengthNoSweat lived through a boutique content capture series hosted by Cincinnati-based musician and brand influencer, Lauren Eylise.
Issue 04 | Fall/Winter 2018
"She’s all soul, no fluff. The undertone of her songs is an ode to womanhood and sexuality. Her lyrics embrace the power and sacredness of both—the dips and curves of femininity, the permission to be confident with what it is she wants and needs or might not know just yet."
- Kyle Wolff
"‘Joyriding’is an irresistible, romantic track. Across the five minute and 21-second track, Lauren Eylise tells the story of the early stages of love: her voice parallels the soft, warm feel of falling in love at the beginning."
"[Lauren Eylise] puts her whole emotion in the project and gives us 12 solid tracks including the track ‘Cry’, which is a story of the battle between your heart and the reality of a situation."
"Lauren Eylise displays her undeniable love for R&B/soul as she showcases her soothing vocals and heartfelt emotions in track ‘Cry.’ After dropping her project ‘This is personal’, Eylise constantly leaves us in awe of her talent."
"Lauren Eylise’s sensual, silky vocals feel like a mesmerising dream – she creates a late-night, reflective vibe that is powerful and emotional. The honest, raw track tells the story of the battle between your heart and the reality of a situation."
Lauren Eylise sits down for an in-depth reveal and interview about her upcoming album, This is Personal.
"The recent event that sparked a bump in interest in her music was her entry into NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. She submitted a video performance of her R&B ballad “Peaks and Valleys."
"NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke to Lauren Eylise about filming her entry video in a Black-owned coffee shop in Cincinnati, learning to love music from her grandfather and the church choir and about what she hopes for her music career in the future."
“To be a part of something as a musician, contributing the same way my idols have – I have no words for it,” Eylise said.
“So I think the only way to lift people — one of the most powerful ways, I should say — is through music.”
"Eylise spoke about the inspiration behind her song "Peaks & Valleys" and how people, especially during these times, can learn to embrace the valleys of life."
"With her buttery smooth runs, finger-pointing conviction and a sublime backing band, this song has been stuck in my head from the moment I pressed play."
"Cincinnatian Lauren Eylise has landed herself on NPR's Heat Check list featuring Tiny Desk Contest submissions."
Lauren Eylise talks with By Her For Her blog about her experience working with a national campaign, the pandemic, and the local music scene.
"CVG has partnered with ArtsWave to bring Lauren Eylise, eclectic-soul singer-songwriter, to the lineup. Eylise, a native Cincinnatian, has opened for the likes of Erykah Badu, Patti LaBelle, and Train; she has also been featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert Contest.”
"This song is an anthem, almost like a gospel song for black women," Eylise said. "I was intentional about releasing this song on Valentine's Day. I want it to be a gift."
"Voodoo (Black Girl Magic)" is emotive, powerful and majestic, with a hearty pulsating beat, anthemic song structure, distorted guitar riffing and heart-swelling melodies."
Lauren Eylise sits down with Harness Magazine to talk Afropunk, women's empowerment, and Peaks & Valleys
"Peaks & Valleys is one of those songs that go straight for the heart thanks to her lush vocals and impeccable instrumentation."
"Lauren Eylise’s story is one of empowerment, redemption and transformation. It’s one of binding ties to the roots of her craft, and it’s one for which she’s shaping the contemporary narrative of songwriting, Soul and R&B."
"Lauren Eylise's gift for creating impactful lyrics was born in the school halls of Cincinnati, OH. Recently featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, Lauren's future is looking brighter by the day."
"Performed with her full live band, the heart-stirring, goosebump-inducing song was featured on Eylise’s stellar 2017 album, Life / Death / Life."
"In her soulful performance of "Come Back To Me," Lauren Eylise shows off a true singer-songwriter gift: the ability to communicate vulnerabilities through music. Her lyrics describe the memories of lost love that play constantly in her mind. From the static of the guitar to the warmth of her voice, Eylise's ballad of unrequited love is abundant in raw emotion."
"Lauren and her art are truly a feeling. You will feel love, healing, truth, vulnerability, and determination in each song and performance."
"Since giving birth three years ago, Eylise’s career continues to blossom. In 2017, she released her genre fluid debut EP compilation, Life/Death/Life, which gained international traction on digital music sites."
"Lauren Eylise is all about truth, transparency, and love. Her latest album, Life / Death / Life, is the perfect showcase of her ability to weave storytelling, openness, and unapologetic authenticity with hypnotic vocals over bluesy-R&B-soulful vibes."
"Her lyrics embrace the power and sacredness of both—the dips and curves of femininity, the permission to be confident with what it is she wants and needs or might not know just yet."
Recently nominated for 3 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Lauren Eylise will perform live December 28th at MOTR Pub.
"Lauren Eylise sits down with No Long Talk Radio, University of Cincinnati’s hottest hip-hop radio show powered by USIC"
"Each moment of her set felt like a valuable piece of life advice and created a place of calm and fun, welcome amidst the end of a long week on campus."
"I was blown away. She literally took my breath away. It has been a long time since an artist has stopped me in my tracks so quickly."
"...it was apparent that Lauren holds a great following of fans and support. Without a doubt, Lauren Eylise's Friday night performance was much more than a show; it was an experience."
"Music just lives internally, I don't remember a day without music. In a way, teaching myself [music] was like learning myself."
"I think it's important to share those stories because we act as mirrors and other people are able to say "I can do that. I see myself in that." .... Hearing other women say "I see myself in you" it's moving."
"In a time when I feel like so much of what's coming out in music is so formulaic, you're [music] is quite the opposite of that."
“Talented Cincy Soul artist Lauren Eylise (who performed a stunning set at Memorial Hall for the 2017 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony) ...round out the R&B portion of the CFF lineup.”
"...not only women and R&B fans will find themselves identifying with the themes of "Life/Death/Life." This is an album for us all."
THE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO
"‘Joyriding’is an irresistible, romantic track. Across the five minute and 21-second track, Lauren Eylise tells the story of the early stages of love: her voice parallels the soft, warm feel of falling in love at the beginning.
The natural, authentic music video’s production makes listeners remember a good time in their lives."
- RJ Frometa via Vents Magazine