Lauren Blackford is a southeast Michigan-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. From folksy ballads to alternative rock, her emotion-driven melodies couple unexpected yet refreshingly honest lyricism. While her live performances emphasize wistful acoustics, Lauren’s eclectic indie production shines behind the scenes. Her self-produced debut EP is set for release early 2024.
Blackford was born with an affinity for music. As early as age 5, the now 20-year-old exhibited vocal talents and an interest in piano, in which she took lessons for several years. Shortly after, she began composing original songs to the likes of Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, and P!nk. Spending her youth in choirs and theater productions, Lauren itched for any opportunity to perform. At 15, she began learning music production and released two demos under the alias “lauren grace” in her late teens. Following graduation, Blackford taught herself to play guitar and began performing at local cafés. Since, Lauren has racked up a collection of diverse venues, including a main stage at the Ann Arbor Art Fair in June 2023. Her lively performances and interpersonal charm have pegged her a fan favorite in her hometown of Milan, Michigan.
A recent graduate of Washtenaw Community College, Blackford is set to release her debut EP in the Spring of 2024. In the meantime, Blackford performs live in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Toledo. For updates about future shows and releases, you can sign up for her newsletter below.