Gatorbone Studios Recording Artist, Lauren Nicole Heintz, is quickly becoming known for intricate and effortless finger-style guitar, distinctively deep vocals, and heartfelt and hope-filled original songs. In January, against stiff national-level talent and award-winning acts, she amazed the judges and audience at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter (live) competition and went home a winner of the 2014 Vic Heyman songwriting award. Just months earlier she won at the 2013 Walnut Valley Festival song contest in Kansas. She's also placed two songs in the Top Ten at the Will McLean song contest in Florida (2013 and 2014). When she's not winning song contests, Lauren is performing across the country at house concerts, listening rooms, and festivals, including the Florida Folk Festival (FF), Sarasota FF, and in coming months, the Will McLean and Gamble Rogers festivals.
Lauren released a beautifully-produced new album in 2012 and is now working on her next project at Gatorbone Studios.
"Distinctive and masterful guitar style, compelling, engaging, and profound songwriting; one of the most intriguing and unique vocal talents ever. There's nobody I am more excited to book again than Lauren Heintz," says Ron Holm, Musical Program Director and All Around Music Dweeb, JustGoods Friday Concert Series.
Lauren's musical roots came as a result of frequent living-room jam sessions by her parents in her Chicago-area childhood home. And it was the soulful music from such legends as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard & Hank Williams that first inspired her to become a songwriter. Later it would be the Beatles, later still, Jim Croce, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, the Eagles. Today, she bases her folk slinging out of Central Florida and credits finger style maestro, and friend and mentor, Jack Williams, with inspiring her recent success at adopting skillful and innovative finger style guitar into most of her repertoire.
Lauren graduated (1973) from Eustis High School, Florida and immediately joined the USAF, then later received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (University of Maryland, 1987), then spent the next fifteen years as a Software Engineer before outing herself as a folk slinger just after the turn of the century.