Love of a Disney classic and gymnastics was all it took for Lauren Winans to know she was meant to be an entertainer.
At 3 years old, Winans fell in love with the movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” and starring in a one-girl performance, she would often reenact the film from start to finish. Winans also was a dancer and gymnast for 14 years, supporting her passion to perform. Six years later, Winans drew inspiration from yet another entertainment mogul.
“When I was 9 years old, Britney Spears came out with “Baby One More Time” and I knew right then and there I wanted to be just like Britney!”
Boombox in hand and costumes bedazzled, Winans would put on Britney Spears performances at recess and on her backyard stage, no matter the crowd.
Now, as a 22-year-old singer and songwriter hailing from West Virginia, Winans’ crowds have surpassed those of the backyard and elementary school playground.
After learning to play guitar from Seth Maynard, owner of Lone Wolf Productions in Elkins, W. Va., the two set out on a radio tour. After balancing getting her high school diploma and jump starting her music career, Winans traveled to Nashville, Tenn. after being chosen to audition for Country Music Television’s (CMT) “Can You Duet?” Embracing the culture of legendary Broadway, Winans found herself on the infamous, bowing stage of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. She was eventually asked to perform as a regular. After spending a summer in the South, the atmosphere of Nashville and a new talent of strumming guitar strings began to morph Winans into a country singer, an association she felt was not what was at the core of her high-energy and sparkled personality. Winans eventually moved back to Nashville to continue pursuing her pop entertainment career amongst the legends of Music City.
Having the opportunity to write with accomplished pop songwriters in both Los Angeles and Nashville, Tenn., Winans has proven herself a determined and goal-driven artist. She continues to engage her audiences in numerous venues throughout and beyond West Virginia and Tennessee by singing and writing songs that empower young women, following in the footsteps of her idol, Britney Spears.
“My style of writing is very edgy, fun & I write the best when writing about true experiences I have been through.”
But, much like Spears, music is not the extent of Winans’ talents. She continued to push the entertainment envelope by getting involved in modeling through New York Model Management Group when she was 16 years old. Modeling opened more doors for Winans such as shooting with some of New York’s most notable photographers, a feature in Glady’s Magazine and starring in an advertisement for Copperpeace Custom Guitar Straps. She also currently endorses numerous beauty and clothing companies including Donna Bella Hair, Hot Spot Tanning/ Norvell Sunless, Lavish Lashes, Plato’s Closet and Redken 5th Avenue.
Starting January 2013, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Winans will debut her own lip color with SeneGence/ LipSense.
It is no question Winans has experience in numerous forms of entertainment, but she also uses that status to help those without a voice.
With a love and compassion for animals, Winans has partnered with Happy Tales Humane in Franklin, Tenn. and soon with P.U.R.R. in Grafton, W. Va. to inform people about the importance of spaying and neutering household pets.
Although Winans has the characteristics of a girl who loves animals, shopping, singing and pinning on Pinterest, don’t write off this Pittsburg Steelers fan just yet. Offering a fresh mix of songs, endorsement opportunities and humanitarian efforts, Lauren Winans has been referred to as a rising star and that uphill climb of success has no signs of stopping.