Less than a year ago, Philadelphia based singer-songwriter, Lauren Marsh, graced fans with her stripped-back, indie-pop focused EP, Revival. Following the release of Revival, this rising songstress signed to the London and New York City based, independent record label, FrtyFve. Marsh immersed herself in the studio, writing and recording new music, and is now in the midst of releasing songs off her new EP, Silhouettes. Marsh’s new EP explores the extreme highs and lows of life. From discovering love, to experiencing some of the worst the world has to offer, she draws from her personal experiences and gives us her fresh take.
“Sometimes life gives you a sharp turn in the road. How you handle that turn can tell you a lot about who you are.”
- Lauren Marsh
“Fire In Me” is a fresh track about finding our inner passion and strength and throwing it fully into our love. Throughout the stunning music video “Fire In Me”, Lauren is seen delivering powerful vocals with precision and ease. She gracefully and emotionally gives us musical brilliance. The defining line of the song is "Tragedy could strike in a minute, don’t worry ‘cause I’m with you in it." and this resonates with me because it represents being completely dedicated to the one you love, regardless of what life takes you through together. I love the simplicity of the music video, it’s raw and inspiring and showcases Lauren’s true self in order to build stronger connections with her fans. Lauren Marsh really shows her vulnerability in this song, through the alluring lyrics, hypnotizing sound arrangements and the way she pours her heart and soul into every word.
Check out “Fire In Me” here and read more with Lauren Marsh in our exclusive interview below!
Hey Lauren! Can you start by introducing yourself and telling the readers how you got started making music?
I’m Lauren Marsh, an indie-pop singer-songwriter. I’m based just outside of Philadelphia. I’ve been writing songs since I was 14 and released my first record when I was 21. In 2016, my original song “Dear Love” was picked up by CBS and featured on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans. From there “Dear Love” gained traction on Spotify with placements on editorial playlists and it currently exceeds 7 million Spotify streams. I’ve been really lucky to perform as an opening pre-show act for artists like Don McLean, Andy Grammer, Gavin DeGraw, Sutton Foster, Howie Day, Air Supply, and Anna Nalick. I recently signed my first recording contract with FrtyFve, an independent label based out of New York City and London. Since the spring I have been releasing songs off my new EP Silhouettes with my latest release being my original song, “Fire In Me”.
Your song “Fire In Me” is so inspiring. Can you describe your writing process and what inspired this song?
“Fire In Me” is a love song about knowing one’s own heart and not being afraid to give it your all. It’s also about celebrating confidence in women, supporting their independence to make their own decisions and know what they want in relationships. I had been playing around with the song’s chords for a few weeks and had an idea of where I wanted the melody and lyrics to go. Some songs come together all at once and others can take a few weeks to really work themselves out. I knew I wanted “Fire In Me” to be an upbeat, good-vibe song and that made it really fun work on the production.
We love the music video! We can really see the passion in your words. How do you hope your fans interpret the video for “Fire In Me”?
I hope that my fans can see how much fun I had working on this video! I wanted the video for “Fire In Me” to feel confident and highlight the storytelling side of being a songwriter. I think we can all relate to having an inner monologue, especially when it comes to figuring out our own feelings. This video zeros in on that voice we all have inside our heads and how we balance it with our gut reaction, what we know and feel in our hearts. There’s always a push and pull, but deep down we ultimately know exactly how we feel and what we want.
Who are you biggest influences artistically?
I have such a mix of influences. I grew up listening to and learning classic rock songs by bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ve always been so inspired by songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. I spent most of my high school into early college years studying these songwriters along with jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald. When I started focusing on my own songwriting craft, I was deeply influenced by artists like Florence + The Machine, Adele, Sara Bareilles, and Regina Spektar. I still try to listen to everything I can today. I’ll go back and forth some days from rock bands like The War On Drugs to some of the new indie pop artists and then go through the newly released records section on music platforms. I find it’s best to never be influenced by one genre or artist, but to always be listening to as much music as I can.
What’s next for you?
I’m really excited to be performing with my band at Musikfest 2019 in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday August 10th at 12 noon on the Plaza Tropical stage. We’re all thrilled to be performing at this festival. I’m also looking forward to releasing the final song off my new EP Silhouettes towards the end of summer.
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