Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lauren Barrett was mentored by her musical father, and began playing piano as a toddler, singing live at venues across New Orleans by the age of twelve. She then added guitar to her repertoire as a teenager. Graduating from the nationally acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Barrett joins the company of alums Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
While attending the University of Texas, the young performer merged her musical gifts and began playing three to four nights a week in Austin, Texas, building a loyal fan base. The UT graduate's move to Los Angeles quickly paid off when her soulful tone and catchy melodies made her a finalist in Clear Channel/Epic Records' “Be A Radio Star Contest”. Barrett invested the contest winnings, reported at $30,000, in recording her own material. Forging ahead and focused on success, Barrett handpicked Mike Malinin of Goo Goo Dolls to produce her. With Malinin's help in the production of her new tracks, Barrett won “Alberto VO5's Red Hot Rising Stars Contest” and gained immediate national attention as a musician on the industry fast-track. Barrett's image instantly graced full-page spreads in Allure, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Self, Jane, and Lucky magazines, ultimately catching the eye of music producer Marshall Altman, with whom she has recorded her self-titled CD.
As an actress, Barrett has recently appeared in supporting roles on screen in Christopher Reeve's last directorial feature film, The Brooke Ellison Story, as well as New Line Cinema's award-winning motion picture, Secondhand Lions.