|Born||February 3, 1983|
|Origin||Los Angeles, CA|
|Genres||pop, R&B, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, actress|
|Associated acts||Robbie Nevil|
Early life and career
Evans grew up in San Bernardino, California, the daughter of a pastor, John Evans, of Maranatha! Music and Promise Keepers. She recorded several popular Christian songs for the label Maranatha! Music. Evans’ cover of “You’re Worthy of My Praise” became an oft-played radio hit for the label.
Her career got an early boost from working with production duo Buster & Shavoni who featured her on DreamWork’s Prince of Egypt soundtrack under the pseudonym Christian. “Didn’t I,” which she also co-wrote, earned a Stellar Award nomination the following year. Collaborating with producer Rex Rideout, another of her compositions “Brighter Days” was featured in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations.
Evans has also made her mark on TV, contributing her voice to Disney mainstays such as That's So Raven, The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, Jump In, Cory in the House. Lauren was also the singing voice behind Fox’s animated series Bratz. Lauren's work on the series was released in 2006 as the compilation album Bratz: Genie Magic on Hip-O/Universal Music.
Evans made her biggest impact to date as a songwriter. Several songs penned for the NBC soap opera Passions led to two Emmy nominations. She has also paired with producers such as Robbie Nevil, Rex Rideout, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rodney Jerkins, J.R. Rotem and others.
Evans co-wrote the hit single “One Step at a Time” for sixth-season American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. She has also scored international hits with German pop trio Monrose’s “Even Heaven Cries” and British X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s “Bad Boys.”
Evans also became an in-demand session vocalist appearing on recordings by Yolanda Adams, Natasha Bedingfield, Corbin Bleu, Boney James, Will Downing, Mick Fleetwood, Heather Headley, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, Ledisi, Latoya London, Barry Manilow, Nicole C. Mullen, Mýa, Ruben Studdard, Paul Taylor, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Charlie Wilson and the soundtrack of High School Musical 2.
- Alone - Armin van Buuren
- Maranatha! Music, “You’re Worthy of My Praise”
- Andrae Crouch, “Yes Lord” (2005)
- The Avila Brothers featuring Lauren Evans, “Play For Me”
- Alexandra Burke, “Bad Boys”
- Vanessa Williams, “Breathless”
- Kelly Rowland, "No Man No Cry" (Ms. Kelly album)
- Monrose, “Even Heaven Cries”
- Jordin Sparks, “One Step At A Time”
- Boney James, “Shine”
- Jeff Lorber, “Take Control”
- Paul Taylor, “Long Distance Relationship”
- Maysa, “Unexpectedly”
- Charice, "Fingerprint"
- Kimberley Locke, "Strobelight"
- JoJo, "Limbo"
- Joana Zimmer, "Tempted By Your Touch"
- Goapele, "Hey Boy", "My Love", "Powerful"
- Dionne Bromfield, "In Your Own World"
- Mandisa, "Free"
- Howie D., "Sleepwalking"
- Fady Maalouf, "This Anchor Holds"
- Mike Phillips, "Time of My Life"
- Jennifer McGill, "This Little Light"
- Armin van Buuren, "Alone"
- "Dream Awake"