Music has been a part of Lauren’s life as long as she can remember; sitting with her mom at the piano singing together, listening to her mom play the piano as she fell asleep, piano lessons with her Auntie who played and sang on radio, private voice lessons, music competitions, talent shows, concert choir, all state, musicals and wonderful middle and high school music teachers who saw her gift and talent and nurtured that musicality. It only seemed natural to continue her passion for music by going to college for music. Lauren graduated with a BA in voice and a minor in piano and flute. She filled her college years with many performances as the soloist in her college choir and had the opportunity to sing under Otto Leunig, a famous conductor. Though she had to spend many hours at the practice rooms, she found time to sing at coffee shops and get involved with the theater department and even got featured in the Danbury News-Times with an original musical.
Upon graduating she continued her music training and doing local theater. Soon she was headed for NYC where she found her tribe. She met many other artists like herself with the same passion. These were whirlwind years of all kinds of classes (performance, dance, commercial, theater), lessons, and auditions which very quickly turned into touring groups all over the country, summer stock, nightclub performances, singing the National anthem on National television, cruise ships, and being a singing waitress and singing at piano bars in between gigs.
A new chapter of her music journey started when she got into a rock band followed by working as the lead singer for Barry Sands orchestras with over 100 gigs a year. Fast fingers orchestra followed which led her to starting her own country band, Lauren Cook and Sierra. Her first country album had a song that hit the Canadian charts at number 78. Encouraged by their success (her husband guitar player John D’Amato) they moved to Nashville with their family.
Lauren and John met while both teaching at a music studio. They both not only have a passion for performing but also a passion for sharing the love of music with other students. Along with performing Lauren got her certification to teach K-12 music classes, chorus, and band. Upon moving to Nashville, she quickly found a job at a private school where she directed musicals along with teaching classes K-12. This was a perfect fit as her children were able to be in her classes and involved in all the musicals.
As her children became adults, she began to long to perform again. She became the lead female singer in her husband’s blues band where she still is today. Her classroom teaching evolved into teaching full time private voice, piano, and flute lessons along with part time music classes at a private school. Looks like music will run through her veins forever.