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Lauren Light Band brings soulful pop/rock to Musical Chairs

June 20, 2013

YellowBrix

June 20--MEBANE -- Lauren Light describes her sound as "a mixture of Katy Perry, Adele and Grace Potter." Whatever the mixture, the soulful notes of the band and her deep vocals make the Lauren Light band a fantastic match.

As easy as they make it sound, starting the band was definitely a journey.

"I graduated from Berklee with a Masters degree in music business and songwriting. While I was in school, I worked for a music booking company and toured with a few bands until I graduated and was able to work on my own music and start my own band," Light said.

Her band, Light said, has been together two years and consists of four musicians: Lauren on piano and vocals, Brett Thompson on guitar, Jeff Ayers on drums and Marshall Jones on bass. As in every band, each member is important and brings an aspect to the music that makes it one of a kind. In this case, the band is more than just music buddies -- they're family.

"Brett is the glue to the band, he takes care of everything while we are performing. Marshall brings the comic relief to every situation, he is full of life and fun. And Jeff is the 'chill one' out of all of us, he's always cool, calm and collected. Besides singing, I enjoy organizing and getting everything together," she said.

But Light is more than just a singer and organizer. Her dynamic voice has earned her many awards, including the 2012 Best Rock Female at the Carolina Music Awards. As part of the pop-rock genre, the Lauren Light Band is more than just notes on a page. The group writes many original pieces, and lyrics are of a great importance to this band.

"When I write a song, I want to write lyrics people can relate to. Whether it is playful, heartache, or about sappy love; I want them to feel like I'm writing their story," Light said.

The Lauren Light Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on Clay Street in downtown Mebane for Alamance County's 2013 Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Admission is free, but donations of art supplies for children's art classes at the Alamance County Arts Council are appreciated. Concertgoers should bring blankets and/or chairs because seating won't be provided. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

You can call the Leisure Line at (336) 222-5147 for updates or get more details at www.artsalamance.com or (336) 226-4495. For more information on Lauren Light you can check out her website, www.laurenlight.com.

Upcoming Musical Chairs concerts:

--June 28 -- Alamance Jazz Band, Fridays On Front, Burlington

--July 5 -- Retro, First Fridays, Graham

--July 12 -- Mercy Creek, Sunset Rhythms, Burlington

--July 19 -- Frankie Faucet & The Drips, Clay Street After Work, Mebane

Elisa Abele is a second year Culinary Arts student at Alamance Community College and an intern with the Accent department.

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