"LaureNicole", formerly known as Lauren Nicole Band, was formed in 2014 and consists of four members: Lauren Nicole (vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriter), Evan Bennett (bass, backing vocals), Griffin Prufer (lead guitar), and Ronnie Lee (drums, percussion). The band has a balance of original compositions and covers and plays regularly in their home state, North Carolina.
Lauren Nicole, now 24 years old, has written over 40 songs and recorded two albums over the past few years. She has played both acoustic and electric guitar for nearly 10 years. Prior to forming her band, Lauren recorded and released her first album, "Hope & Desire," as a solo artist in 2011. The album was produced by Chip Shearin who has worked with renowned artists such as Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, and Aretha Franklin. Shearin is primarily known for his iconic bass line in "Rappers Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang.
In the past few years, Lauren has reached several milestones: completed a 30-day crowd-funding campaign to record a 7 song live EP in Miraverse/Manifold studios, won the Bands4Good challenge and raised over 3,000 dollars for homeless veterans in North Carolina. Lauren is also the 2016 Carolina Music Awards Best Female Rock Artist of the Year.
Evan Bennett, 24 years old, has been playing bass guitar for nearly 10 years. He joined this project in October of 2013 and since then he has been heavily involved with the band's songwriting and arranging. Evan has heavily influenced the direction of the band's songwriting by creating unique instrumental guitar parts. In the past year, Evan has also encouraged the band to go in a more mainstream rock vein. His influences include Victor Wooten, Flea, Duff McKagan, Mike Mills, Chris Wholstenholme and many more.
Griffin Prufer, 21 years old, is originally from Greensboro NC and has been playing guitar consistently for 10 years. Griffin is also a student at NC State University and is currently studying textile engineering. Griffin brings a commercial, edgy, and modern rock sound to the band. His influences include Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pink Floyd. Griffin has been a member of LaureNicole for over a year and has contributed to the bands song writing by incorporating catchy riffs and melodic solos.
In recent news, LaureNicole will be performing in several upcoming shows and festivals in 2016. Also, the band will be recording with producer and sound engineer, Dick Hodgin at Osceola Studios, in preparation for their new EP. The EP is expected to be released on New Years Eve.
Currently, LaureNicole's album "Light the Way" can be downloaded on iTunes, CDbaby, and Amazon.