“It’s not everyday music can flow from inside of you to create the everyday melody to life.” LA

The formal introduction to Lauren Ashley Stephenson, whom you may know by LaurenAsh or LA hails from the heart of it all, Columbus, OH. The desire to create music struck after hearing The Notorious BIG’s “One More Chance” at the age of 13. From there, I would mimic the lyrics and try to create my own lyrics and melodies to other artist’s tracks. Music was never supposed to be something I pursued. It was just what I enjoyed, an outlet to life. But it just did something to me. I’ve always had an old soul, a thing for Marvin Gaye and Anita Baker.

With a full-ride scholarship to the University of Akron, my focus was to play ball and then go overseas. It wasn’t until my Junior year of college I decided music was my remedy to life. The vibe and feeling that it gave me was unparalleled to any other thing I could possibly pursue in life. After I lost my passion for ball, I quit the team and decided to focus on my craft 100%.

A quick move to Atlanta, GA, networking and plenty of people trying to change the true essence of my sound led to many years of wanting to give up and many rivers cried. You reach a point in life where you just want to be who you are and you have to do what you feel is best for you. With that being said, welcome to the musicNme.

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