I think it was March when Lauren and her band came to the studio to record the ‘One Step Closer EP’ You can have a sneakpreview of the session on video below, and be sure to listen out for ‘My Baby Cry’ being played on the Craig Charles Show this weekend!
Review from soundoftheday.co.uk
Welcome to the warm, organic soundscape of Lauren Housley – a fresh, big voice with the full, rounded flavour and maturity of a retro-classic panorama, dove-tailing the tender tones of Dusty Springfield, the grandeur of Marlena Shaw with the virility of Ray Charles – as delivered by a strutting young lass from Yorkshire.
A busy run of clubs and festivals across the country, with regular shows at Kendal Calling, Matt&Phreds jazz club and her own Soul:Sessions nights, has honed a golden-toned sound. This, alongside on-stage action with the 11-piece Riot Jazz Brass Band and a seminal show at last year’s Soundwave Festival in Croatia, has established Lauren Housley as a new dominant force in Manchester’s live music scene.
Her eagerly awaited debut EP ‘One Step Closer’ is a ladle of carefully crafted soul-food, taped over three days at Cotton Mouth Studios with locally sourced, heavyweight ingredients in the shape of some of Manchester’s most sought-after musicians.
This girl Lauren has some unbelievable lungs, going with her beautiful looks, she matches up to quite the ‘Catch 55′. I wish I could give all of you a taste of what is to come on June 11th, but I will keep you guys guessing till then. She has got a beautiful voice that compliments her background team. They work so well together, and in sync, that all the music seems so original. I love her tunes and her soulful feel that she puts into the scene. There are parts that are slow, with some major ups in it and speeds up to a good 70′s party dance theme. You can tell watching her Official Taster, that she knows what she wants and what she is doing with those lungs of hers. Has a quirky, witty characteristic to her music that makes you want more and more. Her epic taste in music will really shine in the years to come.Her debut effort is remarkable.