Lauren Kent was born December 8, 1992 in Houston, Texas. She danced competitively all her life. When she graduated high school she immediately started teaching dance part-time while taking her basic college courses. She entered a competition in Orlando, Florida where not only was she required to dance, she had to model and sing two things she had never done. Her father, Tom Kent, who has played guitar for 30+ years, taught her a couple chords so she could stand out compared to the others that would only sing a cappella. While in Orlando, after the first day of competition and multiple requests to hear her sing again rather than dance from talent company representatives, she and her mother Michele Kent received a call that her grandfather (Michele’s father) was very ill. Doctors estimated he had around two days left to live. Without hesitation, they left Florida immediately. They drove straight through to Texas, picked up Tom and Lauren’s brother Thomas and drove straight to Henderson, Nevada where her grandfather lived. They made it in time to see him for an afternoon and he passed away that evening. Lauren got to play him the song she learned in the hospital room before he went. Since that day, she stopped dancing, locked herself in her room and started practicing guitar and writing songs. She began playing Open Mic Night at Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney, Texas where she got lots of cheers from friends but that wasn’t enough. With the help of her dad on lead guitar, her mom on rhythm acoustic/mandolin and her brother, a former music major at UNT, on the drums, The Lauren Kent Band was born. Musical geniuses Chris Hall (Bass) and Clayton Bankston (fiddle) makes this musical family complete. Performing their original show with a few songs that are Texas favorites from the artists that have influenced Lauren, LKB is spreading throughout Texas. Their debut album “Storm Chaser” released March 7, 2013 and can be heard on the radio on many stations throughout Texas.