It’s great to be able to bring you details of long-awaited new music from Nashville-based Lauren Jenkins, who has just announced that she will be releasing a series of self-produced EPs in the coming months. Working with her longtime collaborators Shuffle Brother Music (Gideon and Gabriel Klein) and members of her touring band (Ellen Angelico and Megan Jane) she plans to compile the songs into a comprehensive vinyl pressing later this year, tentatively titled “Miles On Me”.
It’s been a particularly tough twelve months for the native Texan, as not only has she had the challenges of the pandemic to navigate but early 2020 also saw her unexpectedly dropped by her label Big Machine after the release her well-received debut album “No Saint” . Planned US tour dates and international festival appearances started being postponed or cancelled, and by early summer both her manager and booking agent had lost their jobs.
Thankfully undeterred by everything life was throwing at her, Lauren’s determination to follow the path she had set out on meant that quitting making music was never an option for her. As we reported at the time she released her first single as an independent artist , ” Ain’t That Hard” , last May and was making money from her recorded music for the first time in her career (https://www.bellesandgals.com/2020/05/11/lauren-jenkins-new-single-and-new-beginnings/ ).
The upcoming projects have been kickstarted with Lauren’s new single “Like You Found Me”, available now, a song she both co-wrote (with Blake Chaffin) and co-produced, having teased its release via lyrical quotes accompanied by video clips and photographs across social media in recent days.
During lockdown Lauren has been live-streaming on a regular basis, often joined by her rescue dog Cooper, and her big heart and social conscience has seen her donating a percentage of her virtual tip-jar to a variety of charitable causes as well as using the proceeds to pay her everyday living expenses and fund her new recordings. The streams have seen her fanbase expand, and shipping out merch bundles around the world from her living room has been another source of income and fundraising for Lauren. Indeed, the new single will be familiar in stripped back form to those of you who have tuned in to Lauren’s live-streams in recent months but the studio version with its energetic, driving drumbeat really takes it to new heights. As with all her songs it is lyrically very strong, transporting the listener to the bar where Lauren unleashes her inner rock goddess while maintaining her soulful side in this ode to independence. A recent broken heart has made her reassess her life , she doesn’t “need a man who thinks he’s James damn Dean” but if she does take a chance on love, “whether it’s for ever or just one night just don’t make a mess of this heart of mine” she demands of any future partner. And of course its message of independence couldn’t be more fitting for the moment…..” I wrote it after the line ‘I’m finally fine on my own’ rang true”, Lauren explains.