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Lauren Haas'  first vocal performance was in her fifth-grade talent show.

Lauren Haas' first vocal performance was in her fifth-grade talent show.

Arts for Youth Spotlight: Lauren Haas began singing as a child

October 26, 2021

Lauren Haas began singing when she was a child. Her first performance was in her fifth-grade talent show. Since then, she has been a part of a choir every year. She participated in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in the summer of 2020 and was accepted into the Tennessee All State Choir in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She also placed second in the Bristol Music Club’s 2021 competition.She is a member of the Belmont Treble Choir at Belmont College, Nashville, Tennessee.

“I do love musical theatre a lot, because the drama and expressiveness really immerse you in the show even if you’re just listening to the soundtrack. When I am performing, I try to become the character singing the song, regardless of if the song is from a show or not. I’m interested in a lot of different genres, and I especially admire artists who are able to create a variety of different types of songs. I love the indie genre because there is a lot of expressive freedom, rather than being tied to one type of sound,” she says.
Her biggest musical influence is her voice teacher at college, where she is learning the technical baseline for classical singing. She also listens to music and is inspired by rock bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“I love the talent shown in the music itself and the fact that the lyrics are very poetic, as songwriting is a passion of mine. Since coming to college, I have met a lot of talented songwriters, so I plan to collaborate with friends to write songs sometime in the future.

“Music is one of my favorite art forms because you can express emotion through both the lyrics and the musicality. I love writing and performing music, but I really couldn’t go through life the same without being able to listen to it. Listening to music has helped me work through emotions and situations that may have been too complicated for words. I love performing because then you have the ability to share that experience with someone else.

“Currently, I’m a vocal performance major, so I hope to get jobs performing in the future. I’m working with classical music so that I will be able to be part of operas and recitals, but I would also love to create a band with my friends in my free time. Even if I don’t end up performing or songwriting as a job, I will continue with music as a hobby because it is such a big and important part of my life,” Lauren says.
She is the 18-year-old daughter of Sarah and Michael Haas, who live in Kingsport, Tennessee.