LAUREN WOOD is a world-renowned songwriter, recording artist, musician, producer and voice-over artist. She is best known for her smash hit song, “FALLEN” from the award-winning movie/ soundtrack, “PRETTY WOMAN", which sold over 17 million copies, and from her top 3 hit duet with MICHAEL McDONALD, “PLEASE DON’T LEAVE,” released on one of her four albums for WARNER BROTHER’S RECORDS. She has also written Top 20 hits for Gladys Knight and Phillip Bailey, as well as songs for Cher, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Sammy (Van Halen) Hagar, Animotion, Larry Coryell, Warren Hill, Leo Sayer, Billy Preston, Nicolette Larson, Tiffany, Albert Hammond, Presuntos Implicados and many others. Rita Coolidge performed Lauren’s song, “Echo My Heart” for “Farm Aid.” Lauren’s songs have appeared in numerous films and television shows including, “Police Academy,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “That’s Life.”
In addition to her original recordings, Lauren’s distinctive voice can be heard singing lead on the NBC hit series theme song, “JUST SHOOT ME,” as well as many national commercials including, “NIKE,” “BUDWEISER,” and “NINTENDO.” She has also appeared as a background vocalist for Devo, The Doobie Brothers, Kim Carnes, and Frank Zappa, and on commercials for “Oldsmobile,” “7-up” and “Cadillac.” She records voice-over for animation and music for film and TV including, “The Rugrats,” “Jackie Chan,” Disney’s, “The Tigger Movie,” and Disney’s “Little Mermaid-II,” and she has appeared on a number of TV shows including, ”Rosanne’s Talk Show,” “Animal Planet” and “Entertainment Tonight.”
Lauren produced one independent CD in 1999 entitled, “LAUREN WOOD,” and has just released her second Independent CD, “LOVE, DEATH and CUSTOMER SERVICE,” on her own label, Bad Art Records. Her songs feature artists and musicians including Stephen Bishop, Bill Payne (Little Feat), Melissa Manchester and Vicki Randle (Tonight Show). Lauren recently performed at the JOHN ANSON FORD THEATRE in Hollywood and made a guest appearance with Ambrosia and Kenny Rankin in the “Have a Heart” annual fundraising concert.
Here are some quotes about Lauren: “Wood has an earthy, deep voice capable of soaking subtext into just about every syllable she utters. Her moving delivery, coupled with a spare but infectious arrangement, demands the ear of triple-A, AC and even mainstream rock enthusiasts” - Larry Flick, Billboard Magazine; “What will strike you most about Wood’s music is her sultry, sexy voice, but if you get past that, you will find subtly crafted tunes of immense sophistication and insight” - John Schoenberg, The Album Network; “Lauren has a special knack for mixing arresting lyrics with haunting melodies to capture special moments in time that relate not only to her but to everyone. The CD deserves to be played next to the ERIC CLAPTON’S and SHAWN COLVIN’S of the world – with it’s melodies and sounds, the fun, the various flavors, and the hints of influences- especially a certain Liverpool group from the 60’s” - Bob Blackburn, Westwood One Radio Networks; and “One of the most impressive mainstream pop arrivals in some time. Wood displayed the convincing emotion that distinguishes superior artists from the razzle-dazzle effects that so often hamper mainstream pop figures” - Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times.