Originally hailing from Alberta and Ontario, singer-songwriter Gianna Lauren has called Halifax, Nova Scotia home for the past four years. She has since immersed herself in her Atlantic surroundings by becoming a fixture in Halifax’s thriving, collaborative music scene. These experiences have culminated in a new album of lushly arranged indie rock, entitled On Personhood.
Warm guitar tones, brooding melodies and remarkable tenor are the cornerstones of Lauren’s sound. Her songs are laced with themes of human behaviour and adaptation, and are delivered with thoughtful and charismatic performances.
Lauren’s first full-length, 2010’s Some Move Closer, Some Move On, was recorded by noted producer Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety, Jenn Grant), and blended richly layered instrumentation with intimately sung vocals. The album was released by Forward Music Group in October 2010 with the support of Pigeon Row, and received significant airplay on CBC and campus/community radio throughout North America.
In the summer of 2012, Lauren retreated to the legendary House of Miracles studio with engineer Andy Magoffin (Feist, The Constantines, Two-Minute Miracles) and producer Justin Nace (Great Lake Swimmers, Tusks) to record her follow-up, On Personhood. With a band consisting of multi-instrumentalist J.J. Ipsen and drummer Marshall Bureau, Lauren recorded the album’s six tracks live in the studio after five days of focused rehearsing and collaboration. The end result is a collection of masterfully arranged and dynamically performed rock songs that echo the session’s creative and communal environment.
Slated for release in April 2013 by Forward Music Group, On Personhood signals Lauren’s emergence as one of Canada’s most distinctive and refreshing songwriters.