Mak­ing Her Own Way

Mu­si­cian finds her sound

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FAYETTEVILLE - — MIZZY OS­BORNE SPE­CIAL TO WHAT’S UP!

Kansas City, Mo., na­tive Lau­ren An­der­son has taken a leap off the safe path and into the artis­tic world of mu­sic — now call­ing Nashville, Tenn. home. That’s not to say the “safe path” of mu­sic ther­apy is any­thing bad, but when “mu­sic is some­thing you can’t ig­nore,” and “it’s like it’s in your blood,” as An­der­son says, a per­son must make cre­at­ing mu­sic pri­or­ity No. 1. “It’s like I couldn’t not pur­sue it full time,” she says of when she de­cided it was time to leave the world of mu­sic ther­apy.

At a young age, An­der­son was drawn to mu­sic. Her two ear­li­est in­flu­ences she can re­mem­ber are The Pointer Sis­ters and Ace of Base CDs she had as a kid. “I used to lis­ten to those CDs and want to be them. You know, it was the stereo­typ­i­cal singing in the hair­brush.”

In col­lege she en­joyed opera, but she knew that wasn’t the right way to go. So she took the time to find her own voice — which is ever-evolv­ing from a bluesy feel to the more re­cent rock/soul genre heard in her lat­est sin­gle, “Box Wine Blues.” An­der­son aims to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of her sound, as she plans to get back into the stu­dio to record songs that can be com­pared to a more rock/pop feel, like Grace Pot­ter’s work.

“It’s a new city and I love trav­el­ing — you kind of have to when you’re a mu­si­cian — but I love go­ing to new places,” An­der­son says of her up­com­ing visit to Fayet­teville. “I’ve never been to Arkansas at all. I’m ex­cited to see what Fayet­teville has. Hope­fully we’ll get to spend a lit­tle time the next morn­ing to see around the town.”

If you’re look­ing for some­thing fun, which An­der­son is all about, you can catch her per­form­ing July 28 at Mojo’s on Gar­land Av­enue in Fayet­teville.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Nashville rock/blues artist Lau­ren An­der­son makes her first visit to Fayet­teville with a show at Mojo’s Pints & Pies on July 28.

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