Writer

Lauren Christy

  • BASED IN LOS ANGELES, CA


Biography

Lauren Christy’s journey into music began at the age of five when she found a piano buried in the garden at her parents’ house in South London. As a child at the Bush Davies Theatrical School in East Grinstead, Sussex, she dreamed of a career as a ballet dancer. But the piano drew Lauren’s attention in every dance studio.

“I was driven by the motion of sound, rather than the movement to sound.”

During that pivotal period, Lauren made her first attempts at songwriting with her close friend at the school, who happened to be the daughter of songwriter Tony Hatch (“Downtown”).
“We’d sit at the piano and write all these songs about love, and I slowly realized songwriting was what I really wanted ...

Lauren Christy’s journey into music began at the age of five when she found a piano buried in the garden at her parents’ house in South London. As a child at the Bush Davies Theatrical School in East Grinstead, Sussex, she dreamed of a career as a ballet dancer. But the piano drew Lauren’s attention in every dance studio.

“I was driven by the motion of sound, rather than the movement to sound.”

During that pivotal period, Lauren made her first attempts at songwriting with her close friend at the school, who happened to be the daughter of songwriter Tony Hatch (“Downtown”).
“We’d sit at the piano and write all these songs about love, and I slowly realized songwriting was what I really wanted to do,” Christy says.

By the age of 19, Lauren was recording her own songs, and soon after, signed her first publishing deal with Allen Jacobs at EMI. And at 21, Lauren signed a record deal at Mercury Records, relocated to Los Angeles and started work on her first album with producer Tony Peluso (guitarist for The Carpenters).

Her debut album, “Lauren Christy”, garnered her a nomination for Best New Artist at the 1994 American Music Awards. Lauren’s single “The Color of the Night” was a top 10 hit at adult contemporary radio and also landed her a nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

As Christy started a family, she reinvented herself again as the co-creator of The Matrix. Alongside creative partners Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, the trio wrote and produced the worldwide phenomenon Avril Lavigne’s “LET GO” which included three international number one hits: ‘Complicated,’ ‘Sk8er Boi ‘and ‘I’m With You’ – selling 25 million copies. For ‘Complicated’, the Matrix trio won the Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of The Year. The Matrix also received seven Grammy nominations: Song of the Year in 2003 for ‘Complicated’ and again in 2004 for I’m With You along with Producer of the Year (Lauren is one of seven women to ever be nominated). Christy is also a two-time Juno award winner and a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award recipient.

The Matrix has sold more than 30 million records and has worked with artists including Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz (The Remedy), Shakira (Don’t Bother), Liz Phair (Why Can’t I), Korn (Coming Undone, Twisted Transister), David Bowie (New Killer Star), Christina Aguilera (This Year), Ricky Martin (This Is Good), Britney Spears (Shadow), Hillary Duff (So Yesterday), Ferras (Hollywood’s Not America), Busted (Three AM), Tokio Hotel (Human Connect to Human), Rihanna (Cheers), Grayson Chance (Hold On To The Night) among many others.

Entering her fourth decade as a music professional, this one-time dancer can be found six days a week raising kids and making music. Working closely with Donna Caseine and Golnar Khosrowshahi at Reservoir, Lauren’s recent independent work includes Enrique Iglesias’s worldwide number one hit Tonight I’m Loving You, Chris Medina (What Are Words), Kelly Clarkson (I Forgive You), Jason Derulo (Breathing), Headley (Kiss You Inside Out), Bebe Rexha (I’m Gonna Show You Crazy, Me Myself and I, I Got You, Last Hurrah, Bad Bitch), Iggy Azalea (Team), Avril Lavigne (It Was In Me, Souvenir), The Struts (Body Talks, In Love with the Camera, People), KORN (Colder, Gravity of Discomfort) Jenn Bostic (Take my Hand Part 1).

Lauren recently started her own Record label Youth Be Served Records (YBS Records). The first signing is artist Jenn Bostic, whose Take My Hand EP entered the ITunes Christian chart at
number 11 in November 2019. Lauren’s second signing, Australian artist Tassia Zappia, is in the studio now with an expected release during summer 2020.

“It’s such a blessing to get to make records for a living and help people achieve their vision,” Christy says. “I want to keep doing this until I die. Just bury me with my piano!”

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