Q and A with Lauren Jaimes

Last week we featured the brilliant ‘Home is Where You Are’ from Lauren Jaimes. The song is completely infectious, while the accompanying video (below) is the perfect accompiement to the track. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with Lauren to talk all things ‘Home Is Where You Are’:

Hi Lauren, Last week we featured your new single ‘Home is Where You Are. The track has a brilliant vibe. Can you give us an insight into how the song came about?

Thank you so much! For Home Is Where You Are, I began writing melody first, then thought about what I wanted to say with the song. I knew I wanted to create something that would be fun, upbeat and bright, something that would make people feel good. I wrote “Home Is Where You Are” after I got engaged, and the message of the song lies in the idea that I don’t need material things to be happy. “All I need is you, and I am willing to follow you to the ends of the Earth.”

And the accompanying video is just as brilliant – an amazing one shot video where all kinds of action takes place! How much fun was that to make? Did you get it all right on the first take?

The video was so much fun to make! The vision for “Home Is Where You Are” was actually my fiancé Forrest Weber’s idea; and he was also the director. We rented a nice studio in Brooklyn and were able to hire and cast some really talented friends to come help us turn his vision into a reality. New York City has such a talented, close knit artist community, and everyone is very supportive and willing to help out where they can. First, we learned the different actions and sequences he had planned, then we had to learn specific choreography. I was really nervous at first because I am by no means a dancer, but our choreographer Samantha Sweed was so awesome, and it turned out to be really fun! It definitely wasn’t just one take but it really wasn’t more than three or four once we got rolling. We didn’t want to over-rehearse it either, we were aiming for that fun, fresh balance. Our cinematographer Elliot deBruyn deserves so much credit for being the man behind the camera and capturing everything in one take. Fun fact, the dog at the end of the video is my rescue dog Delilah.

Tell us a little about yourself and your music. Where did it all start for you?

I grew up in a musical household in Miami, with my Dad singing and playing guitar almost every single day. He and my Mom were missionaries in South America before I was born, and they traveled to different countries and churches spreading the gospel with Christian music. I was playing and writing from a young age but didn’t feel comfortable enough to get up onstage and share my own music until I moved to New York City and met my fiancé. He played a really big part in giving me the courage to pursue music as a career. Since then, I have released a debut EP called “Here To Stay” (2018) and a brand new single and accompanying music video called “Home Is Where You Are” (2020). The video was recently added to Vevo’s “True Country” playlist and has hit over 23,000 views on YouTube in the first 3 weeks of its release, and that number is climbing steadily which is fun. I am so proud of this project and forever grateful to everyone who was a part of it! I am currently working on my next project entitled “Constellations” and an upcoming music video for “Light Me Up”, a new, unreleased song of mine. I can’t wait for you to hear it! 

It’s obviously a strange time right now as a musician – how have you adapted to this ‘new normal’.

Quarantine has definitely been tough on musicians. I was bummed because I was supposed to play the New Jersey Folk Festival after the Coronavirus hit. One cool thing that has come out of being quarantined though has been all of the live shows people have been doing from their living rooms. These shows are so intimate for both the fans and the artists. With all of this free time I’ve been working on new music for my upcoming project, Constellations. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and make it happen!

To finish, tell us where we can find you on socials! 

YOUTUBE/VEVO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNiS02EPGdA

SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/artist/0YrsonkpYIfCfNG6sJ7Acm

WEBSITE www.laurenjaimesmusic.com

INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/laurenjaimesmusic

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/laurenjaimesmusic

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