In 2018, singer/songwriter Lauren Jaimes introduced herself with Here to Stay, a six-song EP comprised of “sad, sentimental and introspective” songs. With today’s release of her new single “Home Is Where You Are,” Jaimes is turning the page to a more fun and upbeat theme in her music.
“Home Is Where You Are” is infectious on many levels. The acoustic-driven track allows Jaimes’ voice to shine; reminiscent of her biggest influence Kacey Musgraves at times as the song walks the sonic line of folk and singer/songwriter, all the while remaining refreshingly current.
We caught up with Jaimes to talk all about “Home Is Where You Are,” its fun accompanying music video (also released today), what listeners can expect on her upcoming album Constellations, her touring plans for 2020 and more!
Pro Country: Who are some of your biggest musical influences that have shaped your sound?
Lauren Jaimes: My parents were out of the country for most of the 80s (they were missionaries in South America), and weren’t very familiar with popular music in the states during that time. Because of this, I grew up listening to a lot of 60s and 70s music, and some of my biggest influences include Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Don McLean and Willie Nelson. My favorite artist and biggest influence though is Kacey Musgraves. I discovered her years later while I was finding my own sound and immediately fell in love with her vibe.
PC: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
LJ: I grew up in a musical household and have always been a musician, but I didn’t decide to start pursuing music as a career until I moved to NYC and met my fiancé, Forrest. We dated for an entire year before I would play something for him, and when I did he was like “WHAT?! You’ve been hiding that the whole time?” He made me believe all of this was possible.
PC: What emotions are you feeling as you prepare to release your first music video and accompanying single with Home is Where You Are”?
LJ: I am SO excited to be releasing my first music video and single! My last project was a full EP, but this is even more special to me because there is a visual that goes with the music. I feel like there is a stronger connection with fans when a video accompanies a song. You can get to know me a little better and get a feel for who I am.
PC: Can you talk about the inspiration behind “Home Is Where You Are”?
LJ: I’d love to! The melody hit me first, and I subsequently tried out a few different lyric options. My last EP, Here To Stay is full of sad, sentimental and introspective songs, and I really wanted this next project to be the total opposite of that. I wanted to produce something that would be fun, upbeat and bright. It took me a couple of tries lyrically, but with some help from Forrest, we finally landed on something fun and meaningful.
PC: What made you decide to record the music video for “Home Is Where You Are” as a one-shot video?
LJ: Forrest came up with the entire vision for the video shoot, so I’ll let him answer this one:
“The song is so catchy and fun, it deserved a video with attention-grabbing action. The one-shot style is very in fashion right now, but the song also called for simplicity, basically saying “material items don’t matter as long as I have you.” That led to the idea of filming in an all-white studio. The specific items she sings about in the song gave us fun props to use, and her overall vibe informed our style. Everything just seemed to make sense filming it this way. We also had a great DP, Elliott deBruyn!”
PC: Your website mentions that you are working on your next album Constellations. What can listeners expect to hear from that album and what information can you give about it?
LJ: I’ve already mentioned how I want my next project to be super upbeat and happy, so I’m really excited to put that out into the world. I’ve been working really hard on this album and making sure that only the best songs make it onto Constellations. I’m also digging deeper into my music and taking more ownership now than I ever have before, making sure every little detail is perfectly in sync. I don’t want to say too much, but you won’t be disappointed!
PC: Along with promoting “Home Is Where You Are”, what are your plans for 2020?
LJ: My debut full album, Constellations, is a huge focal point for this year. I’m excited to finalize the track list and the artists I will be working with. For the release, we are planning an accompanying tour, so I’m especially looking forward to hitting the road toward the end of the year and playing in cities like Nashville and Austin.
*Images courtesy of Lauren Jaimes and Lauren Jaimes Facebook Page*