I had a nice surprise at Houston’s Bayou City Art Festival this past weekend. While strolling past the booths that featured lots of talented artists in all media forms, I heard a band playing at the stage near the back of the expo. It was a mix of rock, soul, R&B and a bit of alternative chords but when I heard the female voice begin the Etta James classic “I Would Rather Go Blind”, I made a bee line for the stage.
Lauren Silva and her band continued to fill the afternoon with original songs as well as sweet covers including a slowed down, more acoustic style of ‘Roxanne’ by The Police. She’s got a smokey, sultry voice and a very talented band of musicians to back her up. The addition of the cello made them unique and provided that individual sound of string solos and orchestral chords that sets this band apart from the rest of the herd. Lauren could take it slow and strong like Pink or rock it out in the screaming’ blues fashion of Beth Hart. She was fabulous!
She calls Austin her home now, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Lauren as she travels the circuit and gets heard. I was an instant fan.
Here’s the link to her webpage plus, below is a video of her and the band:
Plus, click here for Lauren’s newest video, a cover of Annie Lennox’s ‘“Why”