Imported to Owen Sound from the suburban wasteland of Mississauga at a young age, Lauren Best has been singing since before she could talk. After starting to sing, she learned to talk, and talk she did. After a whirlwind of toddler-dom (including highlights such as singing "You Are My Sunshine" to a delighted bar crowd), she eased into elementary school. She wrote her first song, entitled "Tick Tock Goes the Clock", about her difficulties with punctuality when starting a school-day morning. And the rest, as they say, is history. She made her big-stage Grey County debut with Salome Bey in 1997 at the Three-Fires Sacred Assembly. Many musical and creative influences, inspirations, and experiences later, she generated some musical heat emanating from Owen Sound before graduating from high school and moving to Toronto to put down roots and lay down tracks.
A driven songwriter, singer, and keyboardist, Lauren is creatively engaged performing, collaborating, and working on her debut album. She has appeared on stage with her Renegade Company at numerous venues including Summerfolk '07, Harbour Nights Concert Series '06 and '08, and opening ceremonies of Owen Sound's 150th Homecoming, in addition to performing and/or recording with the First Rate People, Big Love, and The Element Choir. As a triple-threat performing artist she has worked with Sheatre, collaborating and appearing in TOM (A New Musical) and Far From The Heart. She has worked in partnership with the Georgian Bay Folk Society and the Knox Acoustic Cafe as a host, performing artist, and producer as part of Young and Hungry Discoveries. Lauren continues to perform in and produce acclaimed concerts, and was honoured be Owen Sound's Poet Laureate's Poet of the Month for June 2008.
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"Lauren Bestís poetry is a breath of fresh air ... Lauren is wise, as they say, beyond her years. And so very talented lyrically and musically. I was entranced and enthralled and recommend that you visit her online at the Sun Times Music Gallery and wherever else she hangs out, until you get the chance to hear her live." -Poet Laureate Liz Zetlin
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