Lauren Aquilina

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Lauren Aquilina
Birth name Lauren Amber Aquilina
Born (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 19)
Bristol, United Kingdom
Genres Soul, Acoustic, Indie pop, Indie folk
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2011–present
Labels Island Records, Universal Music Group, Independent
Website laurenaquilina.co.uk

Lauren Amber Aquilina (born 23 June 1995) is an English singer-songwriter of British and Maltese descent, born in Bristol, United Kingdom.[1] She gained popularity by self-releasing a trilogy of EPs ('Fools', 'Sinners', and 'Liars') whilst studying at school, using her Saturday job to fund the recording and marketing all of the releases.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Bristol, United Kingdom, Aquilina's musical origins began with her playing piano in school. She has been singing since she was eight years old and has been playing piano since she was nine. When she was thirteen years old she attended her first open-mic event and sang "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga while her mother filmed her. Aquilina's manager, Ryan Walter, came across one of the videos and the two began working with one another putting together Aquilina's initial EP "Fools".

"I uploaded the video to my Facebook page just as a kind of test to see what people thought and my manager [Ryan] spotted my first video within two days of uploading it even though it had less than 4 views, I was very fortunate."

Celebrity supporters include Perez Hilton who posted a blog entry praising Aquilina in January 2012.[2]

In December 2011, Aquilina uploaded a cover of Brenda Russell's song, "Get Here" which she recorded at home to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.[3] She said that she was "trying to raise as much money as I can for a good cause, especially at Christmas time."[4]

In August 2012, Aquilina announced her independently released debut EP Fools which was released on iTunes on 22 October 2012. It reached the Top 50 iTunes singles charts in its first week on pre-orders alone. To promote her EP, Aquilina performed an eight song set in Tromsø, Norway and was noticed by a Norwegian newspaper[5] who called Aquilina "a great, talented songwriter who plays piano to accompany her beautiful voice." In September 2012, Aquilina announced on both her Facebook and Twitter accounts that she would be headlining her very first UK tour in early 2013.[6]

Aquilina has received significant popularity in Malta since the release of her debut EP, Fools. She has topped the Maltese iTunes chart, above Adele, and has been noted in several Maltese newspapers and websites and on Malta's National TV channel, TVM, as of October 2012.[7] The title track from her first EP "Fools" received its first UK national radio play on BBC Radio 1 on 15 October 2012 on the BBC Introducing show.[8]

It was announced on Thursday 15 August 2013 that Aquilina will headline the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival 2013. Lauren also played her first ever show in the United States on 21 August 2013 when she played a sold-out headline show at Manhattan's Rockwood Hall.

Aquilina released her final EP 'Liars' in the Fools, Sinners, Liars EP trilogy on March 10, 2014. Having asked to hear Lauren's 3rd EP 'Liars' which she recorded and marketed herself Island Records & Universal Music Group signed Aquilina to release her anticipated debut album.

In June, Aquilina collaborated with Scottish band Prides on one of their tracks, "Strong Enough".

As of October 2014 Aquilina's Trilogy of EP's have sold over 100,000 copies between them.

Artistry[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Music reviewing website "Sound Of The Day" praised Aquilina's vocals in her cover of Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die":

"[She] took this cover and exploded it, and took [Del Rey's] vocals to another level. She has convinced me that with her very touching and emotional feel to her voice, she can change the course of many up and coming musicians. She is just in her room with a mic and keyboard, and has something to say, imagine her in an actual studio with better equipment. This girl could be a force on whatever label she signs with. The song and Lauren remind me of the beautiful Adele. Adele has a very powerful voice and people know when she is in the room. Lauren has that presence with her beautiful voice and amazing talent."[9]

Influences[edit]

Aquilina has covered many artists on her YouTube channel and at her live performances including Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Release date
Fools 22 October 2012
Sinners 22 July 2013
Liars 10 March 2014

EP title tracks[edit]

Year Single UK Singles
chart
position
Label EP
2012 "Fools" 72[10] Self-released Fools
2013 "Sinners" 66[10] Self-released Sinners
2014 "Lovers or Liars" 58[10] Self-released Liars

Featured Tracks[edit]

  • "Flaws and Ceilings" with Frank Hamilton (2013)
  • "Strong Enough" with Prides (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Julie PeaPod. "17-year-old Lauren Aquilina releases her debut EP – 'Fools'". Gozo News.Com. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Perez Hilton blog entry". Perezhilton.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Get Here review". Fakewalls.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Get Surrey entry on local bands". Getsurrey.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lauren Aquilina in Norway (from her official facebook page)". Fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lauren Aquilina Tickets – Buy Lauren Aquilina Concert Tickets". Nme.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "United Kingdom: An Unknown Talent is Discovered". Escflashmalta.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – BBC Introducing with Jen and Ally, 15/10/2012". Bbc.co.uk. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lauren Aquilina Born To Die cover review (SoundOfTheDay)". 
  10. ^ a b c "LAUREN AQUILINA". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2013.