Lauren Henderson is a jazz and latin jazz vocalist and composer from Massachusetts. Henderson's Caribbean and Latin Heritage are central themes in her original music and performance. In 2011 she released her debut album, Lauren Henderson. It was recorded almost immediately upon her arrival in New York City after graduating from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) where she was inspired by her masterclasses with Paquito D'Rivera and Take 6.
She created the hour long recording with her close friend, Sullivan Fortner (pianist and composer under Impulse! and member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet), Ben Leifer (bass) and Jesse Simpson (drums). The original intent of the recording was to help Lauren ease into the competitive New York Jazz Scene and increase her work as an artist.
The quartet recorded classics by noted composers like Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Rogers and Hart. After the work was shared with colleagues and fellow musicians, it was reviewed by various publications, including DownBeat Magazine, JazzTimes and All About Jazz. which is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and is accessible as a Pandora.com station.
Henderson's eclectic vocal influences spread across genres. Her Afro-Latin influence aids her in producing a distinct yet versatile sound. Lauren's diverse musical background is rooted in jazz and expands to rhythm and blues, latin, soul, gospel, classical, fusion, neo-soul, pop, nuevo-flamenco and many other forms. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 7 and singing in church and school choirs, molded her into the growing and developing musician she is today. She has composed, performed, studied and directed music in the United States and internationally. Her travels are always incorporated in her compositions.