Lauren Mascitti is a country music singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and mandolin player from Louisville, OH. Raised by her grandparents, she has been singing since the age of 7 and writing since she was old enough to make up jingles on her toy tape recorder. “I grew up surrounded by classic country music. My papaw is a huge fan of the Highwaymen, especially Waylon Jennings, so Waylon became a big musical inspiration to me. My Nana would let me stay up late to watch the Statler Brothers show on TV, especially when Crystal Gayle was on. Music and lyrics have always been my way of expressing myself, and country and gospel music have always been the most honest outlet for me.”
After graduating with her RN degree, Lauren moved to Nashville after spending most of her summers there doing songwriter showcases at different venues throughout Nashville. She has had the privilege of writing and/or performing with some of Nashville's greatest talents, such as Larry Gatlin, Pam Tillis, Shawn Camp, Matraca Berg, Wil Nance, Mo Pitney, Pat McLaughlin, Big Al Anderson, Delbert McClinton, Bobby Tomberlin, Bill Whyte, and many more. Since she started singing and recording at the age of 7, Lauren has recorded 9 CDs. Her 2010 album titled "Thought I'd Get a Love Song" was produced by Jana King Evans, Buddy Mullins, Pam Tillis, and Adam Kohout, and is composed mostly of songs she has written. Her album titled "A Gypsy Point of View" was produced by Lauren and Jana King Evans and is composed solely of original songs. Lauren's newest album "It's Never Just a Song" is also composed of all original material. All albums listed are available on iTunes, CD Baby, and other music download sites.
Currently, Lauren is working on a brand new record in Nashville, produced by her sweetheart and Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and producer, Shawn Camp.
Lauren has sung at many of the theaters in Branson, MO including the Mickey Gilley Theater (in the Mickey Gilley show) Hamner Barber Theater, Mansion America, Tri Lakes, Mo Bandy Theater, the Americana, the Whitehouse Theater, and the Radisson Hotel. She also lived in Branson while doing "Southern Gospel Sundays" and over 30 shows with gospel legend Gary McSpadden at the Americana Theater. Lauren was also blessed to be in the top 8 for the Inspiration Network's National "Christian Artist Talent Search" in 2008 where she worked with Southern Gospel vocalist, Jason Crabb. At the age of 16, Lauren’s first radio release, an original titled “Child of God”, debuted at #70 on the national Southern Gospel radio charts. In February 2009, she was a runner up in the Miss Italia USA pageant held at The Landerhaven in Cleveland OH. Lauren was blessed to be the Colgate Country Showdown 2009 winner for the state of Ohio.
Although she sings many places out of state (the Wheeling Jamboree, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana), Lauren also performs at many churches and music venues in her native state of Ohio, including Ohio's 3 Oprys (The Lebanon Opry, The Ohio Valley Opry, and The Southern Ohio Opry.)
"I give all the glory to my wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He's my Hero."
Where do you live: Nashville
Hair color: Brunette
Eye color: REALLY dark brown
Height: 5' 5"
Birthday: December 12th, same as my fellow italians Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis :)
Obsessions: Music is my only obsession
Bad habits: My sweet tooth. Love me some sugar :)
What makes you happy? Good music and good company
What really irritates you? Injustice of any kind. Everyone should be fighting for the underdog
What makes you sad? When I'm out of coffee....
What makes you angry? When I'm out of coffee....
What makes you scared? Nothin. (Psalms 23:4)
Who is your best friend? My Nana!
Ever broken a bone? Nope!
What's the best advice you've ever received? "The absolute abundance of talent doesn't mean you'll make it, and the absolute lack of talent doesn't mean you won't..." given to me by Larry Gatlin
What was the last CD you bought? I'm pretty sure it was a Jim Reeves box set
What was the last book you read? Well, I'm in the middle of the great Bobby Braddock's book "A Life on Nashville's Music Row"
What was the last thing you ate? Nashville Hot Chicken!
What was the last thing you drank? Sweet tea
What's the best thing you've ever bought? My Bible. It's my roadmap through life
What's the best thing you've ever been given? My black Gibson Dove guitar. It first belonged to my great grandfather, and my papaw then gave it to me. My dream and goal is to play the Grand Ole Opry with that guitar :)
What's the worst thing you've ever been given? The flu, I guess...lol
What are your future goals? To play the Grand Ole Opry, where all my country music heroes stood :)
Last job: Skilled nursing and rehab RN
Current job: Med/Surg RN
Dream job: I'm living my dream job as a singer/songwriter :)
Who is your hero? Jesus Christ was tortured, humiliated, betrayed by his own kind, and died on my behalf. But resurrected after 3 days. He conquered death and the grave for me eternally. HE is the very definition of "hero".
Describe yourself in 3 words: Laid back, loyal
Favorite color? Turquoise
Favorite animal? Cats (yes, I'm one of those...)
Favorite sport (to play)? hahahahahahahahahah Uhhhh, is guitar a sport??
Favorite sport (to watch)? ...uh...is Merle Haggard a sport??
Favorite Show(s)? Don't watch much tv, but I always find myself laughing hysterically at "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The King of Queens" ;)
Favorite movies? The Godfather
Favorite band? I might be a little biased for this one, but it's a toss up between The Earls of Leicester and The World Famous Headliners ;) hehe
Favorite song? Wayyyy too many to list!
Favorite male singer? My sweetie, Shawn Camp :)
Favorite female singer? Ahhhh, that might be a toss up between Emmylou Harris and Crystal Gayle :)
Favorite board game? Scrabble
Favorite video games? Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64! Throwback, baby!!
Favorite food? I LOVE Chinese food!
Favorite fast-food? I don't like fast food. The fastest food I eat is Panera :)
Favorite drink? Coffee
Favorite magazine? American Songwriter
Favorite place? Anywhere the people I love are
Favorite day of the week? All of them!
Favorite day of the year? Easter Sunday :)
Favorite season? Spring
Favorite holiday? Easter
Favorite country? USA!! USA!!
Favorite scent? "Sea of Love" by Philosophy ;) hehe
Favorite sound? Steel guitar or dobro....
Favorite accent? Italian, DUH...