Lauren Michelle Hayes, Soprano, was born in the small town of Porterville, California, and from the very beginning, she had a profound love for music and performing. At the age of eighteen months, she quickly gained notoriety in the local grocery stores when she would frequently break into song while shopping with her mother. “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Winnie the Pooh” were the two most requested numbers by her audience.
Lauren earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2008, where she specialized in Baroque Music, Contemporary Music, and Art Song. During her studies at Oberlin, she was praised for her innate sense of musicality and phrasing, along with her appetite for learning new repertoire. She was later accepted into the Masters of Music program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Ms. Scharmal Schrock. In 2010, she relocated to Los Angeles where she currently studies with Bass/Baritone, Reid Bruton, sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Grant Gershon, and lends her voice to film/tv scores as a professional session singer.
While her training was largely centered around classical singing at both institutions, through self-exploration, personal growth, and diverse musical interests, Lauren has developed a vast repertoire that bridges the gaps between many musical styles. Since her move to Los Angeles, Lauren has been hired to sing jazz standards from the 1940s and 1950s, gospel, musical theater, and pop covers, as well as classical and choral music. She credits her extensive classical training for her versatility as a singer, and highly encourages her students to learn classical technique as a means of improving vocal flexibility and function.