Ren Harvieu

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Ren Harvieu
Harvieu performing at Manchester Pride, 25 August 2013
Harvieu performing at Manchester Pride, 25 August 2013
Background information
Birth nameLauren Maria Harvieu
Born (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 28)
Broughton, Salford, England
GenresPop rock, soul, indie pop
Years active2011–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group

Lauren Maria "Ren" Harvieu (born 3 September 1990) is an English singer and songwriter from Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester.

Early life and education[edit]

Harvieu was introduced to music by her mother. While in sixth form college, she performed in musical theatre and entered several talent competitions before uploading some of her own recordings to MySpace.[1]


Ren Harvieu was discovered on MySpace by a local music manager after uploading demo tracks. After being introduced to record producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Duffy) Ren began working on demo's and was signed to Universal Music aged 18.

Harvieu started recording an album in May 2011, but before it could be released, she broke her back in what she describes as a 'freak accident', "I heard it snap. I couldn't feel my feet," the singer recalled. After a 14-hour operation, Harvieu spent months recovering at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.[citation needed]

On 5 December 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for their BBC Sounds of 2012 poll.[2] After releasing the singles "Through the Night" and "Open Up Your Arms",[3] her first album Through the Night was released on Island Records on 14 May 2012, entering the UK album chart at No 5.

In 2014, Ren Harvieu was featured on Sweet Malaise, the b-side to In My Time Of Dust, from Ed Harcourt's mini-album Time Of Dust.[4] Love is a Melody, a song written by Ed Harcourt and Jimmy Hogarth for Harvieu's debut album, was also covered on Time Of Dust.[5]

Harvieu is currently working on her second album.[6]



Title Details Peak chart positions
Through the Night 5


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Through the Night" 2011 178 Through the Night
"Open Up Your Arms" 2012 108
"Do Right By Me"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Artist Track Album
2013 Mark Owen "S.A.D." The Art of Doing Nothing

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2012 Nominated [2]


  1. ^ Collar, Matt (2014). "Ren Harvieu – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "BBC Sound of 2012: Ren Harvieu". 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Ren Harvieu". iTunes. 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
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  6. ^ Bourne, Dianne (19 September 2013). "Singer Ren's new sound feels so right". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 21 July 2014.

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