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Musician of the Week

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Musician of the Week
Lauren de Miranda
First performance: When I was 3 years old, I did ballet and played an angel in the Nutcracker in Fort Smith.
Type of music: Pop/Rock
Originals or covers? All originals, however MTV asked me to remake the Pussycat Dolls hit single “When I Grow Up” for use in a television show.
Sounds like: Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry
Songwriter’s muse: Ben Harper. He’s not my genre, but an amazing musician and lyricist.
Influences: Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morsette, Counting Crows
Accomplishments: My original song “How Long” was featured last week on MTV’s hit show “The Hills.” My first single hit top 40 radio in this market in regular rotation. “New Life” and “Never Let Go” were featured in the world’s largest online video game called “Audition.” Recordings include world famous drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting).
What kind of crowd do you draw? More female 11-30, but males who like pop music also enjoy.
Where do you practice? Hollywood is where I am recording my album.
Any albums? New Life (EP) available on iTunes
Back stage ritual: Stretching! I was a ballet dancer all of my life and it relieves tension for me. I will sit down on the ground and do the splits.
Funniest or strangest thing that ever happened during a performance: I was talking about my song “Believable” and said something about when you think you know someone you are dating, but they turn out to be different than they seemed. All of a sudden some guy yelled out “yes” and pointed to his girlfriend. She got really embarrassed and hit him. Everyone in the audience was starring. So I started the song and to the words “You were so believable” pointed to her and lightened the mood. She started laughing and everything worked out. I gave them an autograph afterwards. It was pretty funny.
Plans: Finish the full album for release in 2009
Goals: National radio play by 2010
New Projects: I will be releasing an exclusive track to Bus Radio.  They have systems in 25 States, which reaches 1 million kids daily!
Dream act to open for: It’s always changing, but I have always loved Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas.
Last CD purchased: Gavin de Graw
Most played song on your I-Pod? Right now, Jason Mraz “Details in the Fabric”
Web site: www.myspace.com/laurendemiranda

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