Evans performing on The Armin Only: Intense World Tour in 2014
|Also known as||Christian|
|Born||February 3, 1983|
|Origin||Los Angeles, CA|
|Genres||pop, R&B, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, actress|
|Associated acts||Robbie Nevil, Armin Van Buuren|
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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. She has also worked with producers such as Robbie Nevil, will.i.am, 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". 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.
Awards and nominations
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.
|1999||Lauren Evans (under the pseudonym 'Christian')||Contemporary Female Vocalist of The Year||Nominated|
Daytime Emmy Awards
|2004||"Momma, Gotta Let Her Go" (Passions)||Outstanding Original Song||Nominated|
|"Last Piece of My Heart" (Passions)||Nominated|
|2010||"Bad Boys" (Alexandra Burke)||Best British Single||Nominated|
Latin Grammy Awards
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.
|2014||"Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)||Song of The Year||Nominated|
Billboard Latin Music Awards
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.
|2015||"Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)||Latin Pop Song of The Year||Nominated|
ASCAP Latin Music Awards
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.
|2015||"Decidiste Dejarme" (Camila)||Pop Category||Won|
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"
Below is a selective list of songs written or co-written by Lauren Evans.
|1998||Didn't I||Lauren Evans (Credited under the pseudonym 'Christian')||The Prince of Egypt (inspirational soundtrack)|
|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|
|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|
|Hey Boy||Goapele||Strong As Glass|
|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|
- Lauren Evans on Barnes & Noble
- Yolanda Adams: Day By Day
- Heather Headley - In My Mind
- Chaka Khan - Funk This
- Luther Vandross
- Charlie Wilson - "Uncle Charlie"
- "Lauren Evans". Auburn Moon Agency. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Musicians Institute
- Hurricane - Lauren Evans, produced by J.R. Rotem
- Celebrating Lauren Evans: Mini-Documentary
- 15th Annual Stellar Award Winners
- THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 31st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
- Brit Awards nominations 2010: full list
- 15 Annual Latin Grammy Awards Nominations
- Finalists for Billboard Latin Music Awards
- 23rd Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards