– The beginning –
Even at a young age Lorrèn was infected with the music virus: “Growing up in our home was amazing, as long as I can remember there was always music playing in in our house. Sometimes we would listen to CD’s and at other times we were singing songs together. I am very attached to my family and they have introduced me to lots of different styles of music. Actually, I knew then that I wanted to be on stage, but I was too young to be seriously ready to get started.”
Through hard work, she shared stages with Mathilde Santing, Paul van Kessel, Susanne Alt, Giovanca, Ruben Hein, Sabrina Starke and Al di Meola in the ‘North Sea Jazz Club’ and other venues throughout the country. The last years she also performed in various places such as ‘The Sugar Factory’, ‘Jazz Festival Delft’, ‘Uitmarkt’ and in the ‘Amsterdam ArenA’. Mostly as a solo artist and sometimes as part of ‘Wicked Jazz Sounds’.
– Record deal and first single ‘The Game Of Love’ –
While Lorrèn was looking for her own unique sound she signed a record deal with ‘Stargate Music’ in the summer of 2014. This was the first time she started to work on her own music. This resulted in the release of ‘The Game Of Love’ in the spring of 2015. The song is full of charm, musicality with raw edges and a melancholic undertone.
After hearing the single music expert Leo Blokhuis named Lorrèn the promise of 2015 and radio DJ Giel Beelen has even called the singer “the pride of the Netherlands”. For weeks the single was in the top 40 of the most played songs on the Dutch radio and also across the border the singer gathered attention. VEVO promoted the video for ‘The Game Of Love’ and there are international performances on the schedule.
– ‘Radio 2 Talent’ –
In the summer of 2015 Lorrèn was named ‘Radio 2 Talent’. Meaning that she got two months of airplay on Radio 2, played live in the studio, has the support of the radio station and of course that she can carry the title ‘Radio 2 Talent’. On June 28 the news was announced live on the radio to Lorrèn in the program ‘Paul!’ by Paul Rabbering: “All the DJs here at Radio 2 put their heads together and thought, we should just appoint Lorrèn as Radio 2 Talent. What a beautiful song you delivered and we were unanimous: what a good singer!”
– Debut album ‘Shades of Blue’ and second single ‘Struggle’ –
In the fall of 2015, to be precise on 23th October, the now 23-year-old singer Lorrèn released her debut album ‘Shades of Blue’. Inspiration for the music is taken from artists such as Selah Sue, Adele, Amy Winehouse but also Lorrèns great jazz heroine Ella Fitzgerald: “Music must be real and what all these women have in common is that they touch my heart when they sing. Hopefully I will be able to do that with my first CD as well.”
The title for the album came to the singer spontaneously: “Blue is my favorite color: royal blue, gray blue, sky blue, sea blue, baby blue, I think it’s all very beautiful… it all depends on the moment. The various “shades” are symbolic of the things I’ve experienced in my life. Usually I see everything as sea blue, but sometimes I have moments where everything is dark blue for a moment.This is all inflected in my songs, although I think it’s very important that all the songs that I write have a positive undertone. That’s the person I am in my day to day life: with a good dose of positivity you’ll just get a bit further and you can make people and, most importantly, yourself happier.”
The second single from the album is called ‘Struggle’: “The song is basically about life, there are times that you struggle to stay positive. I wrote this song when I was a little down and needed to hear the words to comfort myself. Now, I’d like to share that message, maybe it can help someone else with it. That’s actually what I want to achieve… I hope to make people feel more positive about their lives, so that they see lighter blues again!”