Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter...

Lauren Seay’s musical journey began at a young age, and singing was her first musical love.  However, as she grew older, instruments piqued her interest, and she began studying clarinet. She later dabbled in oboe, tenor saxophone, drums, piano, and guitar, but the bass has always held a special place in her heart.  Her journey with bass began in middle school, where Lauren was drawn to electric bass pictures in music magazines.  After expressing this interest to her family, her uncle, a fantastic guitarist, surprised her with her first electric bass and amp.

Lauren transitioned to the double bass at North Carolina State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and a minor in classical bass performance in May, 2012.  In her Junior year, Lauren realized her strongest passion was music.  While she loved the sciences and graduated as a Valedictorian of her class, Lauren followed her dream to pursue music.  After successfully auditioning at music schools in the state, she decided to enter the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies on the double bass.  It was there her bass playing and singing talents came together, and she truly blossomed as a musician under the mentorship of her bass professor, Steve Haines, and professors Chad Eby and Brandon Lee. Lauren refined her skills performing in North Carolina with talented jazz musicians in a wide variety of public and private venues, as well as big band concerts. She received her degree in May, 2015, with a vision of full-time music performance in her future.  Lauren completed her Master of Music degree in jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music in May, 2017, where she studied under the mentorship of Kate McGarry, Jay Anderson, and Harvie S.  She enjoys performing in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 55 Bar, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Caffe Vivaldi, Club Bonafide, Zinc Bar, Swing 46, and others throughout New York City.  Lauren is also an active music educator in the greater New York area, and she loves to share her knowledge and passion for music with the younger generations.  Putting her heart into every performance, her goal in music is to bring love, joy, and healing to others.