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Lauryn Macfarlane


Lauryn Macfarlane’s celestial take on indie pop is as captivating as it is stunningly harmonious. As a rising Canadian artist and songwriter, Lauryn has garnered attention across Eastern Canada, through a rigorous show schedule and an unwillingness to waver from her roots.

Raised in a small town in rural Ontario, Lauryn was the product of a community that made arts a priority amongst young students. Having this foundational strength has given Lauryn a glowing confidence that bursts through her as she performs. Lauryn has been recognized as a bewitching storyteller, drawing inspiration from her own experiences and struggles as an empath with an unceasing flow of emotion. Her honest songwriting, powerful voice, and vibrant, colorful melodies have drawn comparisons to Jade Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, The Chicks, and Maggie Rogers, all of which are great sources of inspiration to Lauryn.

After opening for various acts including JJ and The Pillars, Heaps (Formally The Kents), Kane Miller, and NEFE, Lauryn has found a presence and aura on stage that commands attention. The energy is raw, visceral and intimate. Those who experience a show tend to walk away with the feeling that they have fallen on one of Canada’s secret gems.

In the fall of 2019, Lauryn decided to make the move to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she has been working alongside producer/engineer Sam Woywitka (Luca Fogale, Half Moon Run) and musicians Isaac Symonds (Half Moon Run), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), and Robbie Kuster (Patrick Watson) on her debut EP. Alongside these esteemed musicians, Lauryn has created a collection of songs that she is incredibly proud of and that will provide the industry with a clear vision of what she has to offer as an artist.

Lauryn talks about her single ‘Friendly’

Friendly,” the debut single from my upcoming EP,  was born out of a writing exercise I embarked on after I began to think that the only good songs I could write were sad ones, having used songwriting as a form of therapy since childhood.

 I decided to spend a night trying to push myself into writing something more fun and sassy. I had a whole house to myself while dog sitting two giant schnauzers, which meant that I could sing as loud and pitchy as I wanted. 

 After messing around with chords on my guitar and settling on the melody, the first version of this song was written in just over twenty minutes.

Working with producer and engineer, Sam Woywitka (Luca Fogale, Half Moon Run), was a turning point for me. We took my singer/songwriter structure and pushed the traditional boundaries a bit, allowing me to carve out my own sound. Sam has a slew of super talented, creative and kind musician friends, and I was lucky enough to have a few of them play on the recording. 

 I think there is something so attractive about confidence, but self-doubt is one of the biggest things that holds us back. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was, “You don’t ask, you don’t get.” 

 “Friendly” is a reminder that the best way to get what you want is to just be clear, confident, and to the point. This song sets a strong foundation for understanding what I’ve been trying to achieve in my career all these years.  

Very proud to announce that you can now stream my first single “Friendly” wherever you get your music!! hyperurl.co/rbgpr0 It would mean the world to me if you gave it a listen and let me know your thoughts!

Lauryn Macfarlane – Friendly

Lauryn Macfarlane Nowhere Town

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