Getting to Know: Cecilia Lauren

 Posted by at 8:00 am on December 31, 2013
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photo by Mike Carroll

photo by Mike Carroll

Check out our interview with Cecilia Lauren from Cecilia Lauren & The Ocoee River Band!

  1. What is the #1 item on your bucket list?  It’s so hard to categorize my bucket list there is a lot I want to do in my lifetime.  One of my #1 items is to take my family on an all expenses paid cruise to Alaska & see the Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. And of course to make a living performing and/or writing music!
  2. What is something you are passionate about outside of music?  I am a huge lover of animals & the environment!
  3.  What artists do you look up to/are inspired by?  I am very inspired by Shania Twain. I grew up listening to her in the car on the way to school every morning. She has overcome a lot in her life and still managed to follow her dream. I also love Reba McEntire’s music and personality she seems so warm-hearted & friendly. I love Miranda Lambert’s fiery side in her songs as well. I’m also a Temptations fan, songs like “My Girl” & “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” are great for inspiration. There are so many artists to be inspired by the list would be endless.
  4. If you cold only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?  My brain just went blank, lol. There are just to many to choose from…… One CD I always find myself going back to is Shania Twains “Up”.
  5.  If you knew you could pick your final meal, what would it be?  Lobster tails with fresh veggies & lots of butter. (Humanely caught & not boiled) 🙂 I fight with myself on this one, but it’s my favorite meal.
  6.  What is the last music (album or single) that you have purchased? Was it a CD or MP3?  Terri Clark’s CD “Classic” purchased at her show @ Renegades. I especially like the “Golden Ring” duet with Dierks Bentley.
  7. What has been your biggest “WOW” moment in your musical career?  I’m not sure if I’ve had it yet, but I felt amazing after singing at the 2013 Key Largo Seafood Fest, we had an amazing crowd and a huge standing ovation at the end of the show.  I always love the feeling you get after singing the Star Spangled Banner as well.  A more intimate “wow” moment for me was when I sang for the VA hospital in 2008 there was not a dry eye in the room, you could feel the power of the words and the enjoyment on their faces.
  8. If you could pitch one song of yours to a major record label executive, what would it be?  “Paycheck to Paycheck” is a great song and is relevant to the economy today, and so many people can relate to it. I would love to pitch all my songs b/c each one means something different to me. It’s like writing a part of myself on paper and bringing it to life.
  9. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?  My mom bought me a little stone that says “Sing like no one is listening.”  So that’s what I do. 🙂
  10. What else would you like our readers to know about you?
  • I love my family and friends, I couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of people.
  • I love my band members, we have been together for 5 years. They are a great bunch of musicians and friends. I have learned a lot from them.
  • I love to read all kinds of books (romance, syfy, vampires, werewolves, mystery, etc…)
  • I was a veterinary technician for almost 10 years, love helping animals.
  • I’m a huge pitbull lover, always have been.
  • I’m a big spay & neuter advocate.
  • I hate when people litter, and I like to recycle.
  • I’m against wearing fur or faux fur.
  • I started a “save the whale club” with my friends when I was about 8 years old.
  • I’m actually very shy, especially when it comes to public speaking.
  • I’m currently in school getting my bachelors in supervison & managment and would like to work for the ASPCA one day.
  • I love all genres of music, but country is close to my heart.
  • I do dream of going to Nashville & making my dreams come true. Would love to make them come true in Florida though:) I was born & raised here, & these are my roots.
  • I want to learn to speak fluent spanish since half of me is cuban 🙂
  • My first singing activity that I can remember is me singing to disney sing along videos all the time!
  • Well that’s a little about me 🙂 Thank for being a fan of country music!

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