An interview with the highly talented Songwriter and Composer, Miss Lauren White.
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Lauren White Murphy and I am a singer, songwriter and composer from Dublin, Ireland.
How and when did you first get into writing and performing?
I always had an interest in music. I started playing clarinet and saxophone when I was really young, and used to write little pieces that came into my head. I learned piano too and joined a marching band so I was surrounded by music all the time. When I was in school, I sat at the back of science class, bored to tears, so I started writing lyrics and humming tunes and when I got home I would finish it and have a catchy song completed.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I grew up listening to all kinds of music but my writing started off like the Corrs. They were my muse. I dissected their music and wanted to do better, but they really brought me to my happy place. Nobody does music like them anymore. Also, it's so easy on the ear. They are definitely a huge inspiration to me. Also Stevie Nicks. Her writing is remarkable, and made me want to be a composer
What kind have training have you done?
My mother spent a fortune on lessons on several instruments. I went to Waltons School of Music in Dublin, had my voice trained and was in choirs throughout my school days. I also took music in school and really excelled in it. I went to NUI Maynooth for University and started training as a school teacher, but then I realised it wasn't for me. I enrolled in the Ballyfermot Rock School and that's when I really took songwriting and music production seriously. It is an amazing school and has a lot of strong graduates who have been very successful.
Tell Us about your success so far?
I have been really fortunate as a composer and songwriter. I managed to get all the opportunities myself. Eurovision projects have been so much fun. In Ireland, it's really the only renowned platform as a songwriter and it's a fantastic way to network and make money. I used to contact respected writers and send my stuff and then they would write with me, simple as that. I would help a lot with different projects for other countries as well, but I made money and helped people with their projects. It was never about fame or glory, it was work and passion for an art. I have written music for shows; Katherine Lynch and RTE, pitched songs to amazing artists, did Eurovision for Ireland, Malta, Azerbaijan and I have even sent my music to the music supervisor for the 007 Bond Movie Skyfall! I wasn't successful, but I networked and it drove me to keep going and in the end, I got a publishing deal because of it.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am always writing. I want to do more tv and film scoring. I enjoy arranging music for things like that. I wouldn't say no to writing for more pop artists, either. I never plan anything. if things pop up, I am so grateful and do my best. I always want the artist and team happy!
Who would be your ideal artist to write for and why?
Again, I don't really have a preferred artist to write for, I think I could do a good job with just about anyone. It would be great to write with the artists that I looked up to, but I just want to see someone reach success and who has an immense amount of passion for music, perform one of my songs. It's the greatest gift to give an artist who doesn't write, and to see other people sing YOUR lyrics, YOUR tune and it makes everything well worth it.
What are your plans for the future?
I have my eye on a Grammy. I said it as a child. I will not stop until there is one on my mothers mantlepiece. I just want to keep working hard, and create wonderful opportunities. I rose to the top in Ireland on my own and I want to keep going!
What is your advice to aspiring writers and composers?
My whole outlook on life is to follow your dreams, you only have one life, so LIVE IT. When it comes to writing music and performing, just go for it. You are given a talent and a gift so use it. Make things happen. Don't try and be Bob Dylan or Bono or Madonna, be you, use your experience and create magic! :)