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Described as "somewhere between a comforting whisper and a cogent  declaration" by The New York TimesLauren Henderson, paints reflective and impassioned stories with her haunting voice and enchanting compositions. 

Recognized as one of 10 Jazz Artists Blending and Expanding The Sounds Of Latin America by the Recording Academy, Lauren's music and artistic contributions are featured on Grammy.com.

Recently the cover of the Spotify Vocal Jazz Playlist, Lauren Henderson's music resonates with listeners around the world, captivating a broad audience of music aficionados.
 
Featured in the Financial Times, breaking the Jazz Charts Top 5, and the Year End Jazz Week Top 40 (2021) as the 38th most played record of the year, Henderson's eclectic vocal influences spread across genres producing a distinct yet versatile sound. 

Her original music is featured in Sky Rojo (Netflix), The Drowning, (starring Julia Stiles and Tracie Thoms), El Juego de Las Llaves, (Ela VeldenMaite Perroniand Marimar Vega), and Romeo y Julieta (starring Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano), scored by one of Lauren’s musical partners, Michael Thurber.

Henderson uncovers the layers of her diverse background in English and Spanish.  Her compositions paint stories reflecting journeys imposed through the African Diaspora in  connection to Henderson's Panamanian, Montserratian, and vast Caribbean roots as they interplay with her North American upbringing.
 
Jazz, Latin Jazz, Flamenco, R&B and Soul roots aid in an exploration of culture, society, race, love and the complexities encountered as we navigate life's obstacles.  

Embarking on her 10th world tour, Henderson has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Norway, Russia, Mexico, and South Africa, living up to her growing reputation as a "vibrant new star singer" - Downbeat Magazine

Henderson combines her passion for music, philanthropy, and business as the CEO of Brontosaurus Records and an internationally acclaimed recording artist.  Recently featured in the Financial Times, Henderson's achievements are celebrated worldwide. 
 
As the Founder and CEO of Brontosaurus Records, Lauren Henderson graduated with an Executive MBA from Brown University (RI) and the IE Business School (Madrid) in May of 2019.


EDUCATION: 

BROWN UNIVERSITY 
IE BUSINESS SCHOOL
WHEATON COLLEGE 
THE NEWMAN SCHOOL 
SHORE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 


EARLY INFLUENCES:

Henderson began to study piano at an early age. She grew up singing in church and school choirs, as well as listening to jazz records her parents and grandparents played in the house. Timid as a young musician, she was always reluctant to sing solos, until given a gentle push by mentors shortly before heading to Wheaton College (MA) to receive her Bachelor of Arts.

At Wheaton, she discovered her voice, becoming the Musical Director of VUJ, a member of Jazz Band, studying classical voice and musical theatre, as well as finding inspiration from her professors and master classes with artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Take6, and the legendary Barry Harris at the Barry Harris Workshop

Having earned degrees in both Music and Hispanic Studies, Lauren combined her love of music and culture while living in Puebla, México. In Mexico she studied the traditional music of the Yucatán and popular music throughout the country at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Through her international piano and voice studies, she worked on developing her musicianship. In Córdoba, España she studied flamenco and its connections to jazz at La Universidad de Córdoba

As the Founder and CEO of Brontosaurus Records, Lauren Henderson graduated with an Executive MBA from Brown University (RI) and the IE Business School (Madrid) in May of 2019.

DISCOGRAPHY:

  • Lauren Henderson (2011) features Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ben Leifer (bass), and Jesse Simpson (drums).

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