Meet 'n' Greet

Meet ‘n’ Greet Q&A: Lauren Housley –The R&B Soultress of Manchester

We had the pleasure of getting to know another promising musician for this round of Meet ‘n’ Greet, the lovely Lauren Housley. The singer/songwriter who hails from Yorkshire, England is dubbed as the “new dominant force” in Manchester’s live music circuit. After listening to her recently released EP, One Step Closer, we found out why. Here is a little teaser:

Her vocals carries the tones of retro-classic soul with the spirit of sultry blues.

Lauren took some time out to share what led to her becoming one of Manchester’s most sought-after musicians,  and what she plans to bring to the music scene worldwide.

The Pearl Mic:  You are highly admired in Manchester’s live music scene, but some of us here in the United States are new to your music. Share with our readers what you plan to bring to the music scene.

Lauren Housley: I love writing good, honest songs that I think people can really relate to. Performing live is also a big part of my life, and I always like to put on the best show possible. I would love to bring my live shows to the states…if you would have me.

TPM:  When did you realize that you wanted to dedicate your life to singing and songwriting?

LH: I have always had a passion for singing and songwriting, but when I was younger I faced a huge battle with confidence, which meant that these skills were confined to my bedroom. Thanks to the encouragement of my co-writer, at the age of 18, I was able to overcome these issues and move on with my career. I haven’t looked back since!

TPM:  The snippet that we’ve heard of your album, One Step Closer, sounds really good. It is one of those albums that will sound magnificent live, and what’s amazing is that you recorded the album in 3 days. How did you do it? Can you say that your live singing experience made the recording process flow easily?

LH: The concept for the EP came just under a year ago and we started writing pretty much immediately. The songs were selected around December last year and we were in the studio by the last week of January 2012. The rhythm section was recorded live to tape, then everything else you hear was recorded afterwards. I would definitely say my experience of live singing helped the process, as I wanted the vocals to have a real live feel anyway so it was just a case of capturing the moment.

TPM:  What do you hope your fans will take away with them after listening to One Step Closer?

LH: I really hope that people who listen to the EP get an idea for who I am as a singer and songwriter. The recordings are a “what you hear is what you get” kind of vibe, no overdubbing, no autotune…..just the songs, my voice and the wonderful musicians that made this record possible.

TPM:  The Pearl Mic motto is to “Be Bold, Beautiful and Brilliant. Give us your perspective on what it takes to be a bold, beautiful and brilliant woman.

LH: I would say being confident is key to all three. Believing in all you do and not being afraid to be yourself.

TPM:  Are there upcoming projects or cool hobbies you’d like to share with our readers?

LH: I love to shop for vintage clothing items, and then reinvent them into something that will work in my live show…..

A lot of my time is spent working on new material with my co-writer Thomas Dibb, with the intention of recording a full length Album…..Stay tuned.

We love new talent, and we are excited to see her career blossom. We think Los Angeles will love her just as much Manchester.

You can catch Lauren on these parts of web:



Twitter: @laurenhousley

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out One Step Closer on iTunes: