SINGER / SONGWRITER / AUTHOR

New song: Right of Passage

Right of Passage

Written by Lauren Heintz, 2016

I learned the hard way when your back's to the wall
There's a limit to the crap you can take
Ya hide too long, you've no life at all
And they'll bend ya till the day that ya break

Nail me up in the name of the Lord
Raise your cross, and raise the stakes
Tear me down in the eyes of the law
I won't run with my tail 'tween my legs

Chorus:
Mess with me, mess with my life
You think you can walk in these/my shoes?
I got rights and I'll fight to stay free
Cause If I don't, I'll have nothing to lose


I've completed my passage, my legs are still strong
There's not a gasp of regret you can steal
Cast your rocks from the thick of the throng
But my bruises and fractures will heal

Evolved with a creed more precious than gold
An ethic too often eschewed
Do unto others, we all have been told
As you would have them do unto you

(chorus)

Yeah I know I seem kinda different
And my faith's as strained as my eyes
My soul has been scarred by the swords of ignorance
Though my heart is as big as the skies

I got a voice screaming deep in my head
Saying child this world's not for you
It took me a lifetime to rise from the dead
I won't dig my own grave. I'll be damned if I do

(chorus)

The incumbents claim, We still own this land
And we'll keep it till the day that we die
But when the tide finally turns they'll be judged as they stand
And they'll be praying to figure out why

He had a dream we'd be sisters and brothers
So rejoice that time's coming fast
When that sweet morning dawns
We'll shout to all others, free at last (x3)

Mess with me, mess with my life
You think you can walk in his shoes?
We got rights and we'll fight to stay free
Cause If we don't, we'll have nothing to lose

We got rights and we'll fight to stay free
Cause If we don't, we'll have nothing to lose

I got rights and I'll fight to stay free
Cause If I don't, I'll have nothing to lose

 
FIRST PLACE  - 2016 Will McLean Song Contest

WINNER South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter (live) Competition and recipient of the Vic Heyman song-writing award! (2014)

WINNER - Walnut Valley Festival Song Contest! (2013)

HONORABLE MENTION - 2015 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

HONORABLE MENTION 2014 Woody Guthrie Song Contest

THIRD PLACE 2015 Will McLean Song Contest

TOP TEN - 2014 Will McLean Song Contest (4th place)

TOP TEN - 2013 Will McLean Song Contest (4th place)

 

"We have been mesmerized listening to this singer with her very unique voice" (Rootstime Magazine, Belgium)

"I LOVE Travelin' Fool--both the original (I call it the "country version") and the new one! I could just see Dolly Parton up there singing it. (No offense to Lauren’s considerable singing skills…)" (Ken Nagelberg, WHYR DJ, Baton Rouge)

"We were glad to host a concert with Lauren Heintz at Trinity House Theatre.  Lauren has a stunning voice and a bunch of great songs to share.  I was also very impressed by her skill as a guitar player.  She delighted the people that came out to see her and we look forward to having her back at the theatre.  She came highly recommended to us . . . and after hosting her for a show we can see why."  (Bill Keith, Trinity House Theatre, Livonia, Michigan)

"I met Lauren Heintz only last week, and I just couldn’t wait a year or few to host her. Her ear-opening fast finger-style guitar took many years to master . . . I noticed Lauren’s guitar work first and then her mellow round voice which brings to mind Joan Baez (sans vibrato) and Kate Wolf."  (Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary House Concerts, Houston, TX)

"To compare Lauren's songs, voice and guitar playing to any other performer would be doing her a disservice. In our travels it is rare to find a voice that is truly unique and Lauren's voice, to us, is like a piece of exquisite dark chocolate rum cake served in Grandma's gold-rimmed china teacup on a platter lined with the finest velvet!"  (Donna and Kelly of Still on the Hill)

"The music of Lauren Heintz will transport you to another plane of existence. Her guitar playing is unbelievably beautiful and entrancing, like listening to a waterfall on a pool of bells.  Her voice is rich and caressing, enticing you to hang onto every word.  She can mesmerize, tantalize, hypnotize and melt you, and then she tickles your funnybone with her delightful humor.  Lauren is one of the best and most original entertainers around, and not to be missed!"  (Judi Neal, Good Medicine House Concert Series)

"Lauren Heintz is an awesome guitarist with a voice that comes from deep inside the songs she shares, but it is her grace onstage that connects her to her audience. And, for the time she is onstage, they are hers. Her concert at our series ended with a standing ovation and calls for more, and we'll welcome her back anytime. (Mike & Maggie McKinney, Lucky Mud/Americana Under The Stars/Americana Cafe Sundays)

"Distinctive and masterful guitar style; compelling, engaging, and profound songwriting; one of the most intriguing and unique vocal talents ever. There's nobody I am more excited to book again than Lauren Heintz." (Ron Holm, Musical Program Director and All-Around Music Dweeb, JustGoods Friday Concert Series.)




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  • jeannette house carlisle

    jeannette house carlisle Gainesville

    Lauren is a wonderful musician. Beautiful songwriter, singer and guitar player. Lauren also is a kind and beautiful person with a heart and soul as big as the skies.

    Lauren is a wonderful musician. Beautiful songwriter, singer and guitar player. Lauren also is a kind and beautiful person with a heart and soul as big as the skies.

  • Skip&Cherylle Hird

    Skip&Cherylle Hird New Bern, NC

    We enjoyed your concert at the Swan's house and are now listening to " Where I Belong" with great pleasure. Best wishes in your career.

    We enjoyed your concert at the Swan's house and are now listening to " Where I Belong" with great pleasure. Best wishes in your career.

  • Donna & Ken Bailey

    Donna & Ken Bailey Ocala Florida

    What a show at Woodview Coffee house tonight! This was our first time hearing Lauren and what a treat it was. Her talent is amazing and the songs she writes will bring out emotions in you that you didn't know you had. Absolutely wonderful. You now have two new followers. Thank you for giving us your talent and memorable songs💚💕💚

    What a show at Woodview Coffee house tonight!
    This was our first time hearing Lauren and what a treat it was. Her talent is amazing and the songs she writes will bring out emotions in you that you didn't know you had. Absolutely wonderful. You now have two new followers. Thank you for giving us your talent and memorable songs💚💕💚

  • Gregory Crossman

    Gregory Crossman Gayville SD

    I just want to say that I really app u r song about my son Ethan that was a really hard time for us all and u r song brings tears to our eyes every time we hear it. The words are right on he is doing much better now and continuing to improve everyday again thank you

    I just want to say that I really app u r song about my son Ethan that was a really hard time for us all and u r song brings tears to our eyes every time we hear it. The words are right on he is doing much better now and continuing to improve everyday again thank you

  • Bill Watts

    Bill Watts Bedford, Va.

    Lauren so good to hear from you with your news letter and great looking web site. Enjoyed your tribute song to young Ethan and your playing and voice is just superb.

    Lauren so good to hear from you with your news letter and great looking web site.
    Enjoyed your tribute song to young Ethan and your playing and voice is just superb.

  • Shawn Martin

    Shawn Martin Inverness, Fl

    The first time I heard Lauren sing and play guitar was at the Lake County Folk Festival. To say that her voice and playing are beautiful is an understatement. She is mesmerizing. I am looking forward to hearing more.

    The first time I heard Lauren sing and play guitar was at the Lake County Folk Festival. To say that her voice and playing are beautiful is an understatement. She is mesmerizing. I am looking forward to hearing more.

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