Lauren Evans

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Lauren Evans
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Evans performing on The Armin Only: Intense World Tour in 2014
Background information
Also known as Christian[1]
Born (1983-02-03) February 3, 1983 (age 34)
Origin Los Angeles, CA
Genres pop, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments voice
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Robbie Nevil, Armin Van Buuren
Website www.laurenevans.com

Lauren Evans (born February 3, 1983) is an American singer and platinum-selling songwriter. She is a ASCAP Award Winner and has written hit singles for Alexandra Burke, Monrose, Jordin Sparks, and Camila.

Early life[edit]

Evans grew up in San Bernardino, California, the daughter of a pastor, John Evans, of Promise Keepers and Maranatha! Music; a Christian record label for which she has recorded several popular songs for. Evans' cover of "You're Worthy of My Praise" became an oft-played radio hit for the label.

Career[edit]

Lauren's musical 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," co-written by Evans, earned her a 1999 Stellar Award nomination for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the 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,[2] 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.

Over the years, Evans also became an in-demand session vocalist appearing on recordings by Yolanda Adams,[3] Natasha Bedingfield,[2] Corbin Bleu, Boney James, Will Downing,[2] Mick Fleetwood, Heather Headley,[4] Chaka Khan,[5] The Isley Brothers, Ledisi,[2] Latoya London, Barry Manilow, Nicole C. Mullen,[2] Mýa, Ruben Studdard,[2] Paul Taylor,[2] Luther Vandross,[2][6] Vanessa Williams,[2] Charlie Wilson[7] and the soundtrack of High School Musical 2.[2]

To date, Lauren has made her biggest impact to date as a songwriter. Several songs penned for the NBC soap opera Passions led to two Emmy Award nominations for Evans.[8] She has also worked with producers such as Robbie Nevil, will.i.am, Rex Rideout, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rodney Jerkins,[9] J.R. Rotem[10] 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". In 2013, she co-wrote the song "Did I Lose You" performed by Giorgia and Olly Murs.

In February 2017, in celebration of her 34th Birthday, some of the Friends, Family and Peers of Evans produced a Mini-Documentary to commemorate her 20th Year in the Music Industry, which featured tributes from Harmony Samuels, Robbie Nevil and long-time collaborator and Grammy Award-Winning Producer Terry Lewis.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Stellar Awards[edit]

The Stellar Awards is a Gospel Music Awards in the U.S., honoring Gospel Music artists, writers, and industry professionals. Chicago based production company Central City Productions Inc. spearheaded by founder, chairman & CEO Don Jackson, has produced the show since its inception in 1985.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 Lauren Evans (under the pseudonym 'Christian')[12] Contemporary Female Vocalist of The Year Nominated

Daytime Emmy Awards[edit]

The Daytime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 "Momma, Gotta Let Her Go" (Passions)[13] Outstanding Original Song Nominated
"Last Piece of My Heart" (Passions) Nominated

BRIT Awards[edit]

The BRIT Awards (sometimes stylised as the BRIT Awards; often simply called the Brits) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 "Bad Boys" (Alexandra Burke)[14] Best British Single Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an award by The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry. The Latin Grammy honors works produced anywhere around the world that were recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese and is awarded in the United States.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 "Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)[15] Song of The Year Nominated

Billboard Latin Music Awards[edit]

The Billboard Latin Music Awards grew out of the Billboard Music Awards program from Billboard magazine, an industry publication charting the sales and radio airplay success of musical recordings. The Billboard awards are the Latin music industry's longest running and most prestigious award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)[16] Latin Pop Song of The Year Nominated

ASCAP Latin Music Awards[edit]

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is an American not-for-profit performance-rights organization (PRO) that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly. ASCAP honors its top members in a series of annual awards shows in seven different music categories: pop, rhythm and soul, film and television, Latin, country, Christian, and concert music.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)[17] Pop Category Won

Discography[edit]

Guest features[edit]

Below is a list of songs that feature Lauren Evans as a lead or featured vocalist.

  • 1998: Christian (Lauren Evans) - "Didn't I"
  • 2001: Maranatha! Music - "You're Worthy of My Praise”
  • 2005: The Avila Brothers - "Play For Me”
  • 2005: Paul Taylor - "Anything You Say”
  • 2006: Andrae Crouch - "Yes Lord”
  • 2007: Paul Taylor - "A Love of Your Own”
  • 2009: The Latin Project - "Onda”
  • 2010: Mike Phillips - "Time of Your Life”
  • 2014: Armin van Buuren - "Alone"
  • 2015: Elektrik Hearts - "Maybe Tonight"
  • 2015: Shaan - "Light up the world"
  • 2016 Antillas & Alpha Force - "The Love"

Songwriting credits[edit]

Below is a selective list of songs written or co-written by Lauren Evans.

Year Song Artist Album
1998 Didn't I Lauren Evans (Credited under the pseudonym 'Christian') The Prince of Egypt (inspirational soundtrack)
2004 Unexpectedly Maysa Smooth Sailing
2006 Shine Boney James Shine
2007 Even Heaven Cries Monrose Temptation
Long Distance Relationship Paul Taylor Ladies' Choice
2008 One Step at a Time Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks
No Man, No Cry Kelly Rowland Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe
Take Control Jeff Lorber Heard That
This Anchor Holds Fady Maalouf Blessed
2009 Bad Boys Alexandra Burke Overcome
Breathless Vanessa Williams The Real Thing
2010 Strobelight Kimberley Locke Non-album single
Dream Awake Jennifer Rush Now Is the Hour
Just This Way
Fingerprint Charice Charice
Tempted By Your Touch Joana Zimmer Miss JZ
Time of My Life Mike Phillips M.P.3
2011 Free Mandisa What If We Were Real
Sleepwalking Howie D. Back to Me
In Your Own World Dionne Bromfield Good for the Soul
Limbo (leak) JoJo Jumping Trains (unreleased)
Light Me Up KeKe Wyatt Unbelievable
2012 Mr. Supafly R&B Divas
Chains Chris Rene I'm Right Here
2013 Did I Lose You Giorgia & Olly Murs Senza paura (Giorgia album), Right Place Right Time: Special Edition (Olly Murs album)
Human Michael Bernard Fitzgerald Yes
Dead Alive Jonas Myrin Dreams Plan Everything
2014 I'm So Excited Anja Nissen Non-album single
Alone Armin Van Buuren Intense
Decidiste Dejarme Camila Elypse
Hey Boy Goapele Strong As Glass
Powerful
My Love
This Little Light Jennifer McGill Jennifer McGill
2015 Blood, Sweat & Tears Kenny Lattimore Anatomy of a Love Song
2016 Glory to Glory Bethel Music Have It All

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