Lauren Harris

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Lauren Harris
Lauren Harris at Gods of Metal 2009.jpg
Lauren Harris in 2009
Background information
Birth name Lauren Harris
Born (1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 33)
Essex, UK
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician, vocalist, actor
Years active 2005–present
Labels Demolition DR2 Records, Transcend Music
Associated acts Iron Maiden, Hilary Duff, Dave Stewart, Kara DioGuardi, Alain Johannes, Judas Priest, Six Hour Sundown, Kingdom of I, Zico Chain, Cubic Space Division, The Raven Age
Website Lauren Harris Official Facebook

Lauren Harris (born 6 July 1984) is a British rock singer and classically trained actor. She is the daughter of Steve Harris, the bassist of Iron Maiden, and Lorraine Harris, after completing her primary and secondary education at Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow, Essex, Harris attended Leventhorpe School, Sawbridgeworth,[1] Hertfordshire, where she obtained her A-Levels, including Theatre Studies.

Harris began her music career singing in pubs in 2005, and went on to record demo material for Russ Ballard,[2] before touring with Iron Maiden and releasing her debut album, Calm Before The Storm, in 2008.[3] From 2010, Harris toured with her new hard rock band, Six Hour Sundown, performing at venues in the UK as well as the European Graspop,[4] Download,[5] and Sonisphere[6] festivals, she frequently performs barefoot.[7] Harris commenced a new musical project, Kingdom of I, working with songwriter Dave Stewart[8][9] and drummer Shauney Recke.[10]

Harris is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[11] and the Oxford School of Drama[12] and has appeared in numerous stage productions,[11][13] highlighting with a London production as the role of Blanche Dubois in Streetcar Named Desire. Harris has appeared in the feature film Adrift in Soho..[11][14]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Harris began singing in pubs and bars with a friend; after one of the performances, she was invited to Russ Ballard's house and studio to record a demo.[15][16]

From 2005 to 2008, Harris worked with Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Tom McWilliams,[15][17] who assisted with song arrangement and composition. McWilliams also toured with Harris, performing as the band's drummer.

Harris toured Europe, playing outdoor festivals such as the German Rock Am Ring,[18] Rock Am Park and UK Download festivals.

Harris supported Iron Maiden on their A Matter of Life and Death world tour, playing at Dubai[19] and the Brixton Academy, London,[20] amongst other venues.[21] When the tour concluded, Harris released her debut album entitled Calm Before the Storm, mixed by Kevin Shirley, she continued to tour the UK and Europe in support of the release. Harris joined Iron Maiden again, this time on the Somewhere Back In Time World tour.[22]

In addition to supporting Iron Maiden, between 2006 and 2009 the Lauren Harris Band toured as a support act with bands such as Alice Cooper, Within Temptation, and Mötley Crüe.[23]

In 2008 Harris named musical influences including Belinda Carlisle, Shakespears Sister, Alanis Morissette, Heart, Def Leppard and the Foo Fighters.[16]

From 2010, following lineup changes, the Lauren Harris Band began touring under the new name “Six Hour Sundown”, the band recorded new tracks at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas[24] but only Jekyll & Hyde saw commercial release, becoming available as a single for Download in 2011.[25] The band played numerous festivals before deciding to part ways in late 2012.[26]

In 2013, Harris moved to Los Angeles to commence work on a new musical project, Kingdom of I, with songwriter and producer Dave Stewart[8][27] and drummer Shauney Recke,[10] the debut track Crying at the Disco was released as a free download on Soundcloud in late 2013.[28][29][30]

A Spotify playlist posted to the official Kingdom of I facebook, intended to give a flavour for the type of music to expect on the album, cited musical influences such as Flyleaf, Muse, Paramore, Stone Sour, Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks.[31][32]

Acting[edit]

While in Los Angeles to work on Kingdom of I, Harris undertook classes in acting at Howard Fine Studios,[33][34] she continued her training by completing a semester in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2014.[11][35] In September 2016, Harris graduated from a one-year postgraduate course in acting at the Oxford School of Drama.[36]

Between 2013 and 2015, Harris completed work in principal photography for the feature film, Adrift In Soho,[14][37] which is in post-production stage and due for release in 2017.

In September 2013, Harris was named as one of Variety Magazine's "10 Brits To Watch".[38]

Harris has appeared in numerous stage productions,[11][13] including A Streetcar Named Desire at London’s Pack and Carriage and Measure For Measure at Oxford’s North Wall, which received favourable reviews.[39][40][41] In November 2016, she appeared in the role of Beth Armstrong for the BBC Radio 4 play Michael and Boris: The Two Brexiteers.[42]

Harris' musical experience has influenced her acting career, with her recording an original song for a commercial for the technology company Eizo,[43] and her role as the Witch in a production of the musical Into The Woods at the Oxford School of Drama.[13]

In November 2016, Harris appeared in the role of sound technician in the music video for Bring Me The Horizon’s single "Oh No".[44] Harris’ other work includes Global commercial roles for the companies Eizo Global,[45][46] Active Digital,[47] and Coms Plc.[48]

Line-up[edit]

Solo
  • Lauren Harris – vocals (2005–2010)
  • Randy Gregg – bass guitar, backing vocals (2005–2010)
  • Richie Faulkner – guitars, backing vocals (2005–2010)
  • Tommy McWilliams – drums (2005–2008)
  • Olly Smith – drums (2008–2010)
Six Hour Sundown
  • Lauren Harris – vocals (2010–2012)
  • Olly Smith – drums (2010–2012)
  • Tommy Gentry – guitars (2010–2012)
  • James Bennet – guitars (2010–2012)
  • Mitch Witham – bass (2010–2012)
Kingdom of I
  • Lauren Harris – vocals (2013)
  • Shauney Recke – drums (2013)

Discography[edit]

Lauren Harris Band
Six Hour Sundown
  • Jekyll and Hyde (2011)
Kingdom of I
  • Crying at the Disco (2013)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Director Company Notes
2009 Iron Maiden: Flight 666 Self Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen Banger Films Documentary
2016 Graft Grace Johnny Burke Thunderbolt Productions Short
2016 The Lonely Road Maggie Robert Dowling Dowling Productions Short
2016 Light Lara George Peck The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Longing Varia Jane Arnell The Oxford School of Drama
2017 Adrift In Soho Myra Pablo Behrens Burning Films
2017 Royal Recipes Voiceover Viggo Oprita BBC Creative TV promo
2017 The Interrogation Agent Emily Clarke Tung-Ying Hsieh London Film School Short

Stage[edit]

Year Title Character Director Company
2014 Women Beware Women Bianca Nick Hutchinson LAMDA
2014 Twelfth Night Feste/Fabian Tina Marian LAMDA
2014 The Winter's Tale Hermione Matthew Smith LAMDA
2016 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois Vince Ade Fox and Chips
2016 Philistines Elena Steve Woodward The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Into The Woods Witch Louisa Farrant The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Time and the Conways Joan Steve Woodward The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Closer Alice Kirsty McFarland The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Measure For Measure Mistress Overdone Oscar Toeman The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Flashes Street Cleaner Polina Kalinina Soho Theatre

Radio[edit]

Year Title Character Director Company
2016 Michael and Boris: The Two Brexiteers Beth Armstrong Dirk Maggs BBC Radio 4
2016 For Services Rendered Mrs Ardseley Jane Morgan The Oxford School of Drama
2016 Colder Than Here Harriet Jonathan Tafler The Oxford School of Drama

Music Videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role Company Director
2016 Bring Me The Horizon Oh No Music Engineer Forever Pictures Isaac Eastgate
2012 Six Hour Sundown Shadow Of My Past Self Endless Media, We Are Sweet
2012 Six Hour Sundown Jekyll & Hyde Self Transcend Music John McMurtrie
2009 Lauren Harris Band Your Turn - Live In Dubai Self The Orchard, Lauren Harris Ltd.
2008 Lauren Harris Band Steal Your Fire Self Lauren Harris Ltd.
2006 Lauren Harris Band Your Turn Self Monstro Visionary Entertainment
2006 Lauren Harris Band Get Over It Self Ars Nova Revolution Pablo Erminy

References[edit]

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