2020 Country Americana Artist of the Year Lauren Hall


Photo by Rūta Smith

Lauren Hall is just as confused as most of us are about what “Americana” means, these days.

“Country music has broadened a lot,” she said. “We have a lot of different artists that bring in a lot of different sounds, whether it’s R&B, pop or rock, so I think they don’t completely fit into the country stereotype.”

If you listen to Hall’s last few singles, “Backwards,” “Gone” and “Just Like I Knew,” you’ll hear a lot of those different styles mixed into her country sound.

“I kind of discovered [country] for myself when I was an early teenager,” she said. “I love pop music, stripped down singer/songwriter music, and there’s a little rock influence in my single ‘Gone.’”

And she’s getting impatient about letting people hear that sound. Her new EP is scheduled to come out in March, but it’s actually been ready to go since the fall of 2019. “I waited to release the first single,” she said. “I thought, I’m just gonna wait until I can come up with a release plan. And then the pandemic hit.”

Rather than putting out the whole EP, Hall decided to release singles throughout 2020 and push the full release back to 2021.

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