L O R E N
LoRen (pronounced Lah-ren)
LoRen is a genre-melding singer/songwriter hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. As a pastor’s daughter, she’s a proud believer with deep gospel roots. True to her sound, LoRen’s influences are powerful and diverse: Sam Cooke, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift, DMX, and bands like Need to Breathe are a few that have impacted her approach to music and resistance to the norm.
In her evolution as a woman of color creating inspirational music, LoRen sang in church as a young child, studied classical and Broadway music, collaborated on international house music projects, performed in front of thousands, and earned a degree in audio production from Full Sail University.
Now, as an experienced storyteller, LoRen weaves her faith and authenticity into uplifting songs immediately branded as her own through her unique voice, perspective, and overall sonic quality. With her latest release, Pardon Me (EP), listeners will hear LoRen truly emerge. “On Pardon Me, I’m declaring that I will no longer hold my tongue,” she says. The songs disrupt cultural norms, discuss the highs and lows of her new journey of motherhood, and dig deeper into her convictions.
On “Black Women” she begins the song by plainly stating,“Black women ain't s’pose to be afraid”. LoRen poetically declares hard truths as she shares the trauma surrounding black maternal health and other stereotypes that plague black women with a candor rarely heard in modern music.
“LoRen penned an EP where each song feels like a different genre and yet it’s perfectly natural; not many artists can do that,” says Americana songwriter Paul Luc who produced alongside Church Recording Studio producer/engineer Dave Hidek. “We were careful about recruiting diverse players and making sure each instrument, amplifier, and microphone were right for the sound of each song” explains LoRen.
The EP lays the groundwork for a full length that will continue LoRen’s mission of positively altering the world by challenging dated and destructive perspectives with music fueled by genuine love and strength from within.
For the last three years, she’s curated an annual live music experience for diverse songwriters entitled, NO COVERS. When not creating, LoRen is committed to living a content and simple life. She’s unashamedly a lover of her husband, daughter, thrifting, and all things holistic.