Multi-instrumental singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur.
Lauren Turk's debut song and music video "Love Left Over" premiered on The FADER with an appearance from Amandla Stenberg. Lauren is known for her one-woman shows, live looping beats, piano, violin and her voice from scratch, as well as her "Stories to Songs" concerts, where she transforms audience stories into songs live. She performs around the world for conferences and festivals such as TEDx, OZY, Sandbox, Hatch, C2, VidCon, La Calaca, composes for film (Bright, Netflix / Will Smith, Mexico Pelagico, Netflix), has done benefit concerts for Kiss the Ground, USC, Amnesty International and worked with brands such as Airbnb.
In 2016, Lauren brought Solange, Glass Animals, Kelsey Lu, Gogol Bordello, DRAM & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the stage as Talent Director & Live Host of GOODFest, a music festival presented by Google, to raise money for 350.org, Donors Choose, The Southern Poverty Law Center, & the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
In 2015, Lauren worked on the United Nations “Earth to Paris” Climate Agreement campaign and helped facilitate a session in the UN Women’s Summit in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.
To advocate for children and arts education, Lauren co-founded Play with Music, a program bringing 1-1 mentorship & collaboration to at-risk youth from members of M83, AWOL Nation, Edward Sharpe, writers for Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and more.
Since 2013, Lauren has used her voice and music to advocate women's rights with NOMORE.org and One Billion Rising, including a rally performance at City Hall alongside Jane Fonda, Marianne Williamson & Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Lauren is a first generation college graduate. She has a masters in Political Science (Sciences-Po Paris, UIUC) and bachelors degrees in Business, Communications and French (UIUC). She periodically guest teaches at the Art Center College of Design and mentors the USC School of Social Work PhD program. Her articles are published in Forbes, Fast Company, and GOOD and she has given two TEDx talks. She is bilingual in French and English and also sings in Spanish. Lauren's goal is to use her music and mind for the greater good, to create a world where all people live free, in respectful harmony with each other and earth ecosystems.