Posted on November 13, 2020
So today I posted a new video on YouTube, talking about the story behind ‘Honest,’ the long journey from idea to final song, and what it was like working on it with the amazing songwriters that are Lauren Aquilina, Richard Marc, and Jonathan Whiskerd. This is the title track and final single of the Honest EP and is a tribute to the honesty in the four songs that came before, as well as to being authentic and honest, even when it’s really hard.
If you haven’t listened to the song yet, you can find it here and the music video will be out soon! I hope you enjoy the song and I hope it’s interesting to hear some of the behind the scenes of the writing process.
As always, thank you for listening to my songs, watching my videos, and reading my posts. It means more than I can say.
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Posted on October 30, 2020
My new single, ‘Honest,’ the title track and final single from my debut EP, Honest, is now available on all major music platforms!
‘Honest,’ the title track and final single from the Honest EP, is out! I’m so excited for you guys to finally hear it! It’s a celebration of the honesty of the previous four songs and of being honest and authentic about who you are, even and especially when it’s hard. It’s vulnerable and frightening and sometimes clumsy but it’s empowering too. There’s such a relief to leaning into who you really are.
This song was a real labour of love; it took a lot of hard work. It was born in a session with one of my songwriting inspirations, Lauren Aquilina. I worked on it with my beloved Richard Marc, and then it finally found its true shape in a session with the super inspiring Jonathan Whiskerd. Many people might’ve given up on it. At another moment in time, I might’ve been one of them, but I just knew there was something there. It was something I needed to express. And despite the frustrations along the way, I don’t think it could’ve become the song it is without them.
Please, please, please stream and/or buy it if you can. It would mean so much to me and everyone who has worked so hard on this song and this whole EP. The link to the song is in my bio (x)
Click here to listen to the song!
Posting this feels strange and really quite emotional since this EP has been a major part of my life for the last few years and right now, I don’t know when I’ll next be releasing new music. But I also really love this song and I’m so excited for everyone to hear it. And it feels particularly special that this final song was written with three people who mean a lot to me and have had a big impact on my life: Lauren was one of the few songwriter/artists that I really felt connected to and whose music I felt truly invested in as a teenager and writing with her was a big moment for me; Richard is one of my best friends and one of the most important people in my life; Jonathan was one of my tutors at university who not only taught me an incredible amount about songwriting, but gave me confidence in myself and always inspired me, both things he continues to do. I’m so grateful to have these wonderful people involved in this project that has been so important in my life.
I hope you enjoy the song. Please let me know – here or on social media – what you think, of the song and the whole EP now that it’s complete! I’d love to hear from you! Otherwise, keep an eye on my social media accounts for news about the music video and other content…
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Hi! I’m Lauren Alex Hooper. Welcome to my little blog! I write about living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as several mental health issues. I’m a singersongwriter (and currently studying for a Masters in songwriting) so I’ll probably write a bit about that too.
My first single, ‘Invisible,’ is now available on iTunes and Spotify, with all proceeds going to Young Minds.
I’m currently releasing my first EP, Honest, track by track and all five songs are now available on all major music platforms. However, there’s still more content to come…