So today I decided to write a long overdue post about one of my favorite people ever, Lauren North. So guys, meet Lauren..
Lauren is a American 19-year old singer.
Her brother is an actor; Austin North. Despite his fame, Austin is extremely down to earth and stays true to his faith. He is a true role model to guys.
Lauren uploads covers onto YouTube, and has a Facebook for her music. Lauren has the most amazing voice ever! Many people compare her to Adele, as she has the same power and tone in her voice, similar to Adele. But I think Lauren sounds like herself. She isn’t trying to be anyone else. What I love the most about Lauren’s voice is that she just sings from her heart. When Lauren sings, you can hear God singing through her. In her covers she is either playing the keyboard or guitar (extremely talented much!) and she just sings. She closes her eyes and sings like no one is there, like no one is watching. I find this amazing because whilst watching, you can’t help but worship and be peaceful and happy along with her. She is amazing, and she inspires me to work harder at my singing and ministration.
I came across Lauren North on twitter. I was watching Austin’s episode of Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. Then later that day, I found Austin on twitter. Austin is a great actor. His character in Kickin’ It was a rude jerk and for some insane reason I was convinced Austin would be the same, (Sorry Austin) but I was pleasantly surprised. His bio on twitter was so sweet and humble, which are awesome qualities to have. I tweeted him and he replied. I read through his tweets and found out her had an older sister. Being the curious teenager girl I am, I clicked on her twitter page. I read through all her tweets, which I instantly loved as they were full of hope, peace, love and joy. I then noticed she had a link to her YouTube page. I watched all her videos and was like, “WOW this girl can sing!”. I absolutely loved the simplicity of her covers and how pure they were. I love music and so does my dad, so as soon as I watched all of Lauren’s videos, I showed my dad. My dad is a Pastor so as soon as he heard Lauren singing, he was like, “This girl is blessed. Do you think you can talk to her and ask her to perform in our church?” Lol. As much as I really wanted this, I knew Lauren lives in America, she can’t come all the way to England; as much as I would love to meet her and Austin.
So from that day, whenever I would feel down or sad, I would watch all of Lauren’s covers on a continuous loop. It became a daily thing for me; listening to Lauren’s voice. I would always comment, urging Lauren to create new covers. I was doing some Maths revision and I just felt depressed and bored. Then I thought, hey, lets do this with some Lauren playing in the background. And with no exaggeration, I did Maths (My least favourite subject) for 3 hours straight. Thats the power of Lauren North!
Recently, Lauren has started to focus on her music. she wrote this on Monday 3rd of September, on her official tumblr page (laurennorth.tumblr.com),
So I’ve been waiting to blog about something worth reading, though I feel like that’s sometimes impossible.
Let’s just say that, transition is not always easy. I never said it’s hard, but there’s an awkward middle part to it. It’s that phase where, you have just come out of one season, and you are waiting to be placed into the next. One thing that’s easy to say is that God has absolutely never ever ever ever failed with His timing or placement, so I hold onto that… very tightly.
I’ve always been passionate about my music, and most importantly my worship. I always say that worship is not what I do; it is not a feeling. But it is something that I am. I am worship to God. I was created to worship Him (in all His undeniable goodness), and I will never give that up for anyone or anything. It would be like taking a part of me from myself, and the ultimate decision maker for that choice is… myself. I do know that God has a plan set before me. I honestly don’t have the slightest clue of what it will completely consist of, but I know it’s there. I feel like my biggest hindrance is or could be… also myself. I really am my biggest critic. I’ve recently had to deal with myself concerning this tiny issue, so spiking that in the butt feels like I’m allowing God to move on my behalf (speak life Lauren, speak life).
I made a facebook fan page (as people call it) for my music. And as it probably doesn’t seem like, this took quite a bit in me to do. It is in no way to ‘promote myself’, or to… I don’t know, bring glory to me in any way. I dislike when people assume that I’m trying to become famous or whatnot. If fame is apart of His plan, okay. But He’s only going to get the glory in return. All ulterior motives behind any youtube video made, any post written on facebook or twitter concerning myself, is to bring glory back to the Giver of the gifting. I don’t care if it’s a worship song, a secular song, or an original, when it all comes down to it, He is singing through me…. and that’s all I want people to hear.”
As you can tell, Lauren is sensitive that she will be perceived as herself and not God working through her. I have encouraged her that God gave her this talent so that she can inspire and impact people magnificently. Her making this step isn’t walking out of line. When Lauren sings she brings hope and peace; this is because God is in her. She is the vessel God is using to connect to so many people. Stay encouraged Lauren.
Lauren, I don’t know if you will read this but I want you to know, you inspire me. You may not be “famous” but in your own corner of the world, you’re impacting people, especially this one girl. You are something special. You have a gift. Not many artists can connect with people just by sitting behind a keyboard and singing. You don’t need a gimmick because being Lauren North is defiantly enough. God gave you such an amazing talent. While you worship in your videos, I can’t help but worship along with you. Every time I tweet you, you reply or retweet me, and I don’t think you realise how much that means to me. Some times I think, ‘Paula, just leave the girl alone.’ but you never complain and you never ignore me. Lauren, you are my role model. Lauren, I believe in you.
Here are a few of Lauren North’s covers; check them out.
Follow Lauren on twitter: http://twitter.com/laurennorth3
Like Lauren on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurenNmusic
Follow Lauren on tumblr: http://laurennorth.tumblr.com/
Subscribe to Lauren’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/laurennorthmusic
Listen and download Lauren songs on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/laurennorthmusic
*I want to thank Karen and Brad North for having 2 absolutely positively talented kids.*
Here are a bunch of cool pics of Lauren featuring Austin and the last one has Karen, Momma North. These are NOT mine, I borrowed them all from Lauren’s twitter page.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY.