Haunting alternative pop/rock melodies that weave a sonic web of darkness and light. Nimble word craft that conjures up images so vivid they play out like a film. Both delivered by a voice that is equal parts velvet glove and black leather jacket: sensual and edgy, soft and powerful.
On October 27, award-winning artist/songwriter Lauren Brombert unleashed her newest single, “Once Bitten (Never Enough),” which won First Place in the Rock/Alt category of this year’s Great American Song Contest—and was a finalist with a special shoutout from the judges in the UK Songwriting Contest.
It all began with the idea of writing a vampire love song. “I’m not into horror, but I’ve always been intrigued by the vampire myth. The song is really about the addictive quality of passion—how it transforms you,” says Brombert. “But it’s also about my relationship with music.”
From the moment 14-year-old Lauren Brombert (pronounced Brom-BEAR) stepped behind the mic in a garage on the outskirts of Paris to sit in with the local band Duty Free, both she and everyone else in the room caught a glimpse of what the future held. She was hooked—she knew what she wanted to do. But there were big obstacles and long detours. “The message I got was that being a musician—especially a rock or pop musician—wasn’t an ‘appropriate’ career choice,” Brombert says. But it was a choice she was compelled to make. And keep making.
After degrees at Haverford College and Yale University and on her way to becoming a field linguist, she finally stopped resisting her passion and came to terms with what she felt she was meant to do: bring music into the world.
Brombert started her journey as an indie artist in Chicago. It wasn’t long before her vocal and songwriting skills attracted some of Chicago’s finest musicians as band members, including bassist Bob Lizik (Brian Wilson) and drummer Ed Breckenfeld (Jim Peterik). Demonstrating she had “a knack for crafting alluring folk-rock melodies” (Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times), her debut CD, From These Stones received critical acclaim and was chosen by The Performing Songwriter magazine as a Top 12 DIY.
Released in December 2014, the alt-pop single, "Love's Carousel," received an “Outstanding Achievement for Songwriting” award in the 2013 Great American Songwriting Contest as a Top 5 Winner in the Adult Contemporary category.
The daughter of a Parisian and a New Yorker, Lauren grew up on both continents. Her father sang opera and her mother played classical piano. But it was a Beatles record in their collection that ignited her musical passion. Immersion in different cultures honed her ability to perceive, feel and express what others experience. Whether drawing from her own life or the lives of others, her songs paint striking portraits that feel intensely personal, exposing insights into the complexity of what it means to be human.
In addition to being featured on several radio stations and in a variety of publications, her song “Walls” appears on “Big Fish little Fish, Vol. 2” (Sweet Pickle Music), a compilation of Chicago’s emerging female artists. Now based in Denver, she has performed in various parts of the U.S. and has done shows in France. She has shared the stage with such artists as Pierce Pettis, Modern English, Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) and Vertical Horizon.
Recorded and produced by Rich Veltrop and Glenn Sawyer at The Spot Studios in Colorado, “Once Bitten (Never Enough)” is one of a series of singles Brombert is releasing. The next single will be released in July/August 2016.