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Lauren Jenkins
Singer Lauren Jenkins singing into a microphone while playing the guitar.
Jenkins performing in July 2017
Born
Lauren Elizabeth Jenkins

(1991-09-16) September 16, 1991 (age 32)
EducationWilliam Esper Studio
Occupations
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • director
Years active2009–present
Spouse
(m. 2022)
Musical career
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels
Websitelaurenjenkins.com

Lauren Elizabeth Jenkins (born September 16, 1991) is an American singer-songwriter. Throughout her teenage years, Jenkins performed regularly at nightclubs in various states, before settling in

Heatseekers Albums charts. After being removed from Big Machine's roster in March 2020, she independently
released her second EP Miles on Me, Part 1 in July 2021.

Life and career

1991–2012: Early life and career beginnings

Lauren Elizabeth Jenkins was born on September 16, 1991, in Arlington, Texas, and raised in South Carolina.[1][2] She has a younger sister which she considers one of her role models.[3] When Jenkins was six years old, her father took her to her first concert and around the age of eight, she began writing songs.[4][5] As a child, she often attended concerts with her father. Jenkins stated that her musical inspirations include "acts like Tom Petty and The Allman Brothers Band".[4] During high school, she was a competitive swimmer and participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Games.[6] At age 15, Jenkins bought a car and an acoustic guitar and moved to Memphis, Tennessee.[7] Jenkins also briefly resided in Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina.[8][9] She began homeschooling so she could travel and pursue a career in music.[4] Around that time, she earned money from modeling for Mello Yello and Coca-Cola, and co-hosting Jerry Lawler's wrestling television show Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling.[6][10] Jenkins sang in nightclubs using a fake identity document on the East Coast following her relocation to Memphis.[2][7] She also attended open mic nights and sought out coffee shops and airports where she could perform throughout North Carolina.[5] Jenkins left Memphis and moved to New York City to follow her acting career "more seriously".[11] After performing regularly in the latter city, Jenkins would settle there to attend the William Esper Studio school for acting.[2][4] While splitting her time between New York City and Los Angeles, Jenkins worked on the set of Cigarette Girl (2009) and starred as a bartender in both N-Secure (2010) and Tough Trade (2010).[2] In 2012, she played Trey Campbell in the mystery drama film Deadline (2012).[12] It received generally negative reviews from film critics.[13]

2013–2019: Signing with Big Machine and No Saint

Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and "Looks That Kill" on it.[7][19] Furthermore, Jenkins was an opening act for Lady A and LeAnn Rimes during the summer of 2016.[7] In 2017, she directed a music video for fellow singer-songwriter Ingrid Andress's single "The Stranger".[2]

Big Machine released "Give Up the Ghost" as Jenkins's debut single in October 2018, however it was not serviced to radio stations as she wanted to "give people a chance" to see if they would like it.

Heatseekers Albums and Top Country Albums charts, respectively.[30][31][32] Jenkins performed songs from the album at Billboard's and CMT's "Billboard Live Featuring CMT Next Women Of Country" event on June 3.[29] Also in June, she was one of the performing artists at the CMA Music Festival.[33] On September 15, Jenkins sang at O2 Academy Glasgow.[34]

2020–present: Departure from Big Machine and Miles on Me

In early 2020, Jenkins was the supporting act for the European leg of Brett Eldredge's tour.[30] She appeared on Ricky Ross's Another Country with Ricky Ross radio show on BBC Radio Scotland in February to perform songs from No Saint.[35] On March 5 Jenkins learned from a Big Machine staffer that the label had dropped her.[30] Additionally, Jenkins was going to embark on a European and United Kingdom tour in the same year, which was ultimately canceled.[36] Her first independent release was "Ain't That Hard", which was unveiled in May 2020.[37] Jenkins revealed in July 2021 that her second EP, Miles on Me, would be released in three parts, with its first part being released in the same month. She told American Songwriter that when the COVID-19 pandemic began, she abandoned work on her second studio album and instead conceived Miles on Me over three studio sessions throughout 2020.[38]

Artistry and personal life

Reed labeled Jenkins a "natural country-pop star" and MusicRow's Liza Anderson described her as an "Americana singer-songwriter".[7][39] In reviews of No Saint, music critics highlighted Jenkins's vocal delivery. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that her voice is the "first striking thing" when listening to the album.[28] According to Tom Roland from Billboard, Jenkins's voice makes use of "multiple personalities". He regarded her lower resonance as "haunting and spooky" as well as her upper register being "biting and forceful".[40] Marissa R. Moss of Rolling Stone stated that Jenkins was "never afraid" to showcase her vocal delivery on No Saint.[41] Billboard's Annie Reuter noted that the album has been recognized for her "smoky vocals and vivid storytelling".[32] Jenkins's vocals have also been compared to those of Norah Jones,[28] Sheryl Crow,[42] and Stevie Nicks.[42][43] No Saint comprises themes of romance,[41][44] self-doubt,[28] and alcohol.[28][43]

Throughout 2020, Jenkins performed live on social media platforms to help sustain herself and had given over 100 concerts by October. According to her, the tips she received from the viewers were "paying [her] bills".[36] In 2022, she had hip replacement surgery as she suffered from chronic pain which was caused by extensive touring.[45] During a songwriter's event at Napa, California, in 2021, musician Patrick Davis proposed to Jenkins.[45] The pair had previously performed at charity events together.[8][46] They wed on October 15, 2022, at Lookout Mountain, Georgia.[47] Jenkins moved to Nashville in 2013, where she resides with Davis.[48][49] The couple sang at Bret Saberhagen's cancer charity event "Strike Out" in September 2022.[50]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Country

[32]
US
Heat
[31]
No Saint 18 7

Extended plays

List of extended plays
Title EP details
The Nashville Sessions EP
  • Released: May 27, 2016[18]
  • Label: Big Machine
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Miles on Me, Part 1
  • Released: July 9, 2021[51]
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist
Title Year Album
"Give Up the Ghost"[20] 2018 No Saint
"Maker's Mark and You"[21]
"Ain't That Hard"[52] 2020 Non-album single
"Like You Found Me"[53] 2021 Miles on Me, Part 1

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles
Title Year Album
"Hungry Heart / Stolen Car"[54] 2020 Non-album promotional singles

Guest appearances

List of guest appearances
Title Year Album
"Looks That Kill"[15] 2014 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe

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