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WINNER of the 2018 & 2014 South Florida Folk Festival

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We have been mesmerized listening to this singer with her very unique voice.”

— Rootstime Magazine, Belgium

Award-winning singer/songwriter, and Gatorbone Recording Artist, Lauren Heintz, has quite a story to tell. She swam in volcanic calderas, water-skied gator-infested rivers, repaired U-2 spy planes near the Yellow Sea while in the USAF, and worked in the dot-com tech wars of Silicon Valley. Yet, what excites her most is stepping onto stages and playing her music.

Lauren's musical roots were planted at the jam sessions of her Chicago-area childhood home. She grew up listening to her mother and father playing & singing their favorite country & western tunes. Her musical influences range from such greats as Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, and the Beatles. And she cites friend, mentor, and finger-style maestro, Jack Williams, for inspiring her to take her own finger-picking to higher levels and to also take her show on the road.

Lauren has two albums to her credit. Her sophomore music project, Where I Belong, debuted on global folk radio as the #12 album. And her first album, Feels Like a Miracle, promptly sold out after being released and helping to establish her as a standout in the Florida folk scene. If her life was a novel, the songs on her two albums are the plot points of her story, the twists and turns of an edge walker. These albums capture many aspects of her search for survival and a sense of place and purpose.

Lauren graduated from Eustis High School, Florida and immediately joined the USAF, then later received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (University of Maryland), then spent the next fifteen years as a Software Engineer before outing herself as a musician. Today, she lives in Central Florida.

...stunning voice and a great bunch of songs to share…very impressed by her skill as a guitar player... delighted the people…we look forward to having her back…she came highly recommended to us and…we see why”

— Bill Keith, Trinity House Theatre, Livonia, Michigan

Awards:

FIRST PLACE- 2018 & 2014 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter (live) Competition and recipient of the Vic Heyman song-writing award!

FIRST PLACE - 2016 Will McLean Song Contest!

FIRST PLACE - 2013 Walnut Valley Festival Song Contest!

HONORABLE MENTION - 2015 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

HONORABLE MENTION - 2014 Woody Guthrie Song Contest

THIRD PLACE - 2015 Will McLean Song Contest

TOP TEN - 2018. 2014, 2013 Will McLean Song Contest