Ventura RAWards 2013
of the Year: Lauren Hulbert
Lauren Hulbert’s melodic voice pours through your ears and spills down
your spine stirring
soulful memories both sad and sweet. Her sound is a
full blend of Americana including Indy-folk, country rock, bluegrass
and R&B. Lauren’s smooth mix of these musical ingredients caught
the attention of the RAW judges enough to crown her winner of the 2013
Ventura RAW Musician of the year.
Fun-in-Ventura had the chance to catch up with Lauren shortly after to
get to know the artist behind the music.
What led you
down your musical path?
always been in my life. My Mom sang in a church choir and played the
flute. I also sang in the choir. I also took classical piano lessons. I
found out that I kind of had a knack for music. I was always very
disciplined with my practice lessons. My Mom even said I could quit if
I wanted to, but I said, no. It was like I had this weird
responsibility with it and it was fun to play a piece when it was all
The Get up
kids, Alanis Morrisette and New Amsterdam inspired me early on. I
learned guitar by learning to play their songs. Now, I listen to Joan
Osborne and Spiced.
What about now?
: When I
discovered that I have a talent to sing and learned how a song is
structure and what chords go with what chords, music turned into this
therapeutic thing for me. I write from my experience and while I still
enjoy doing covers, I like to create from my own heartfelt experiences.
You said that
one of your favorite pieces is “Fallen.”
Fallen is one of my favorites because it is a good example of turning
something painful into something beautiful. That song came easy to me
because it was written at time when an important relationship ended.
For some odd reason I felt invisible, like I didn’t exist to him. It’s
a sad thing when a relationship ends. It’s like that person is
completely gone. Music is a great way to make you feel like you are not
alone and I think most people can relate to that feeling.
Now you live in
Oakland with your boyfriend, Dave.
Yes, we both
have a passion for non-profit work and an opportunity came along to
move here and I thought it would be fun to come up here.
Yes, I am from Newbury Park and my family is still there. I will always
have ties to Ventura. I remember in High School, going to Ventura
Theatre and the Warp Tour and learning to surf at Mondos Beach. When I
started to do shows, I did the open mic night at Zoey’s. I am sorry to
hear that it closed.
You have a
passion for travel too.
taught English in Thailand. Played in Bankok. Taught music at school in
the Amazon. When I was traveling, I met a girl who helps impoverished
communities through music. I helped with fund raising events to bring
music to these communities. Music has a broad audience. More travel is
in my future but it can be exhausting to travel for a year too. I love
new places but not really long term stuff.
what else does your future look like?
I’m like the queen of off jobs. But I’d love to take my music to the
next level and play more shows and do a musical tour. Get a manager and
be able to license my music to the movie industry. I’d also like to
work for other artists. Basically, I’d love to make a living from
music. But what would be really cool is to use my music for a greater
good and partner with other artists for benefit causes. The power of
artists using their art for a greater good is really rewarding.
For now, where
is the best place to hear and buy your CD’s?
At my website: www.lauraholbert.com
and I have a Facebook Page.
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