LAUREN MICHELLE DAVIS is a Los Angeles based soprano, composer, pianist, lyricist, educator, and general noisemaker. A lover of all things unusual, Lauren has dedicated her life to creating honest, original music, helping other composers bring their own unique vision to life, and guiding younger artists through their own musical journeys.
As a classical vocalist, Lauren has lended her voice to a multitude of different projects. She regularly performs with the groundbreaking opera company The Industry, and has appeared in HOPSCOTCH, NIMBUS, and the 2015 FIRST TAKE program. Her most recent engagement with The Industry was the first installment of their new SECOND TAKE program, where she premiered the role of Blanche Barrow in Andrew McIntosh & Melinda Rice's chilling new opera BONNIE & CLYDE. Other recurring projects include Ensemble Vocatrix, an early music ensemble who is dedicated to performing the music of Hildegard von Bingen, Shvidkala, a Georgian vocal ensemble, and a microtonal dance rock band called ILEVENS for whom she plays microtonal synth. Lauren has worked directly with composers such as Marc Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Rand Steiger, John Luther Adams, Nomi Epstein, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Ellen Reid, Becky Stark, Wadada Leo Smith, Yotam Haber, Max Kutner, Michael Webster, Sharon Chohi Kim, and numerous others.
Lauren is also the brainmother of MILDRED, a project of murky piano trip-hop music for which Lauren writes all of the music and lyrics. Since the conception of the project in July 2017, Mildred has recorded a full-length album, played several shows, and released two singles and a music video. The album, called A Black Water, is set to release in March 2018. Lauren's prior compositional outlet was a progressive rock quartet called Blackberry Tongues. They have released two full-length albums: wallpaper music (which Lauren produced) and We Are Open Mouths. A new self-titled album is due to appear in the world in 2018.