Singer-songwriter Lauren Monroe announces album and releases new single and video
Lauren Monroe – singer, songwriter and healing artist – announces her third album, Messages from Aphrodite, with the release of new single “If You Want”. Co-produced by Monroe with famed Jim Scott, “If You Want” features a guest performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard and Monroe’s husband and frequent collaborator.
With its old-school American groove and touches of Southern soul, “If You Want” would fit perfectly into a 1970s playlist with Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. The song embodies Monroe’s messages of positivity, love and healing through music. “In every moment we have the choice to live in love or in fear. To live in love or in anger, in love or in worry. In every moment we have the possibility to choose the love again and again,” she says. “I believe love is not just a feeling, it’s a place, a home, a sanctuary of hope and meaning, but only if you choose to.”
Music and healing have always been central to Monroe’s life. Through performance, storytelling and art, she creates an intimate experience for her audience, showing them how music can impact healing and growth. Earlier this year, she and Allen performed on intimate dates at East Coast clubs during which they also exhibited their multimedia art, which was later auctioned online to benefit Raven Drum Foundationan organization they founded with a mission to serve, educate and empower veterans struggling with PTSD and to combat trauma, those in crisis and others at risk.
The title of the new album, Messages from Aphrodite, refers to the ancient Greek goddess of love in her myriad aspects, and signifies the emotional breadth of Monroe’s songs, to which she brings a rarefied degree of insight and compassion, allowing her to nimbly plumb the depths and the heights of the human condition in his writing. Producer Jim Scott, who has worked with more than his fair share of legends over the years, is a testament to Monroe’s chemistry. “Lauren is a special artist,” he says. “She is attuned to the spiritual workings of the heart and the mystical nature of the universe. She is an empath, a healer, a teacher, a visual artist, a producer and a composer; I also think she time travel. His songs guide, direct and uplift and are sonically beautiful.”
The songs are brought to life by Scott’s deft sound sculpting of vocal performances by musical luminaries such as guitarists Greg Leisz (kd lang, Matthew Sweet, Bill Frisell), Tyler Bryant (Larkin Poe, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown), Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams) and David Garza (Fiona Apple, Watkins Family Hour); bassists Bob Glaub (Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon), Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple) and Mai Leisz (David Crosby), keyboardist John Ginty (Neal Casal, the Allman Betts Band); and backing vocalist Tammi Brown (Bobby McFerrin, Quincy Jones). In addition to Allen, Steve Ferrone of the Heartbreakers and young dynamo Beth Goodfellow (Iron and Wine, Allison Russell) liven up the debates behind their drums.
Monroe will release a series of singles and videos in anticipation of Messages from Aphrodite, and rotated around the exit. She will next appear on May 23 in Nashville, TN at the City Winery show. Fall dates will be announced soon.
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Photo credit: Rick Allen