Lauren Hoffman

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Lauren Hoffman
Born1977 (age 41–42)
OriginCharlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Alternative rock
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Synth, Synth, Bass, Tambourine, Guitar
LabelsVirgin Records
Fargo Records [fr]
Slow River Records
PIAS Recordings
Kill Rock Stars
Free Union Records
Dreamy Records
Pitch-a-Tent Records
Associated actsMirabai
Lilith Fair

Lauren Hoffman is an American singer-songwriter. She released her debut album Megiddo through Virgin Records in 1997[1] to critical praise.[2][3][4] In 1999 Hoffman issued her second LP From The Blue House, and an EP entitled A Harmless Little Kiss;[5] both were independently released through her record label, Free Union Records.[6] Her third album Choreography was released through a French record label named Fargo Records in 2006, which includes her successful single "Broken." In 2015 Hoffman released two EPs under new moniker, The Secret Storm: In the Sun[7] and The Dragon.[8] Her fourth full-length album Family Ghost arrived in 2017.


Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, in 1977. She moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 2.[9] She played bass with Shannon Worrell and Kristin Asbury in a band called Monsoon, named after the Thai restaurant in which they played.[10] She later left the band to focus on her own work. Hoffman released her first full length album Megiddo when she was 19.[11] She parted ways with Virgin Records taking her full rights of the album — as it was poorly promoted. Megiddo was produced with John Morand and David Lowery; the album was mixed by Ethan Johns[12] and recorded at the Sound of Music studio in Richmond. During her early career, she was artistically inspired by Jeff Buckley.[13]

Hoffman produced her second album From The Blue House, which was released in 1999. Her major was Dance Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University — which inspired the name of her third album, Choreography. She left VCU in 2002.[14] Throughout her travel experiences she eventually recorded The Lucknow Demos. These recordings also partly inspirited her 2006 album Choreography, preceded by the release of her fourth album Interplanetary Traveler. She recorded this album in a studio in Israel; it was released in 2010.[15] Hoffman and her friends later formed a band in Charlottesville: The Secret Storm. After their first two EP', they released Family Ghost in 2017 under a new name: Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm.[16] She released several of her EPs and albums in both Europe and America on 7" and 12" vinyl and CD.



  • Megiddo (1997)
  • From The Blue House (1999)
  • Choreography (2006)
  • Interplanetary Traveler (2010)
  • Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm: Family Ghost (2017)

Other Releases[edit]

  • The Lucknow Demos (2003) [Available to public 2018]
  • Megiddo - 20th Anniversary All-Analog Vinyl Reissue (2018)

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Fall Away (1996) 7" Vinyl
  • The Chemist Said It Would Be Alright But I’ve Never Been The Same (1997)
  • Rock Star (1997) 12" Vinyl
  • Lolita (1997) 12" Vinyl
  • A Harmless Little Kiss (1999)
  • Song For A Boy (2000) 7" Vinyl
  • Solipsist (2006) Single
  • The Secret Storm: In The Sun (2015)
  • The Secret Storm: The Dragon (2015)
  • Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm: A Friend for the Apocalypse (2017) Single
  • Shadow of the Moon (2018) Single

The album cover for her EP The Chemist Said It Would Be Alright But I’ve Never Been The Same was designed by outsider artist Wes Freed. Another Song About the Darkness, from her album Choreography, is included on The Sound the Hare Heard album. A number of Hoffman's songs were played in the groundbreaking LGBT series South of Nowhere, including Ghost You Know, Magic Stick, Hope You Don't Mind, Reasons to Fall and Broken. Her song Rock Star appears on the soundtrack of the 1998 motion picture, Palmetto.


  1. ^ "".
  2. ^ "Megiddo - Lauren Hoffman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  3. ^ "Pop and Jazz Guide". The New York Times. 1997-10-03. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1999-11-06). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  5. ^ "A Harmless Little Kiss".
  6. ^ "Artist Biography by Stacia Proefrock".
  7. ^ "The Secret Storm".
  8. ^ "The Dragon".
  9. ^ "Little bit fixed: Lauren Hoffman". C-VILLE Weekly. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "Globetrotter Lauren Hoffman". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ "The Secret Storm: A Biography by Marcy Donelson". SoundHound. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  12. ^ "Artist Ethan Johns".
  13. ^ "Girlie Action". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  14. ^ "PlumPromotions: Bands".
  15. ^ "Lauren Hoffman: Interplanetary Traveler". PopMatters. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  16. ^ "Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm". Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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