She’s only 28, but Lauren of @lahallmusic has already made a huge cross-country move, been on one of the biggest shows on TV, and sung in front of a crowd of 30K. Oh yeah, and she’s a Crossroads fan! We had to ask her a few questions.
We’d love to learn more about you, Lauren.
Well, my name is Lauren Hall, and I’m a 28-year-old singer-songwriter! I’m originally from Chicago, but after graduating college, I moved across the country to Los Angeles to dive headfirst into the music industry and find my voice.
After 2 years in Los Angeles, I lived out one of my biggest dreams by landing a spot on Team Kelly on NBC’s The Voice. Directly after the show is when I started to really hone in on my voice and fully pursue my music career.
During the COVID lockdown, I moved back to Chicago and have since been writing my own music and gigging like a madwoman! I’ve got big plans for my music career over the next few years.
We’ve noticed you’re a fan of secondhand fashion. How did you get started shopping secondhand?
I’m a HUGE fan of secondhand fashion. Growing up, my mom would often take my sister and me secondhand shopping at Goodwill, but I never fully appreciated it until I moved to LA in my 20’s. In LA, every secondhand store I walked into was like a goldmine!
Being an independent artist, I was usually tight on cash and shopping on a budget, so it was always fun to find amazing, one-of-a-kind secondhand clothing for a great price. I also love the fact that I could bring in clothes that were old to me and trade them in for pieces that were new to me.
Thank you for the Crossroads IG tags too! Do you have a favorite Crossroads find?
Of course! Crossroads was actually the first secondhand store I was introduced to when I moved to Los Angeles. I usually peruse the entire store for pieces, but my favorite finds almost always end up being funky shoes, jackets, dresses, or jumpsuits. My favorite piece has to be a fuzzy color-blocked purple, red, and brown cropped jacket by NastyGal!
OK, so we have to talk about the fact that you just sang the national anthem at a Chicago Cubs game in front of 30K fans. What was that experience like?
Oh my goodness, it was an absolutely INCREDIBLE experience. Singing the anthem at a Chicago Cubs game is every Chicagoan’s dream. I’ve sung for many crowds, but this is by far the biggest crowd I’ve ever sung for. Cubs fans are some of the best fans in the world, so the energy in that stadium is absolutely electric. This was actually my 3rd time doing so, and I was called back to sing the anthem again on August 23rd!
We know that Chicago knows how to celebrate summer! What are you planning to wear this season?
Chicagoans truly experience every single season, so after a long, cold winter, there is nothing quite like summertime in Chicago.
I’m really leaning into a mix of ’90s, ’70s, and 60’s style fashion. Right now, I’m stocking up on corset tops, skorts, corduroy everything, and of course, tons of colorful, bright funky dresses. I’ve spent a lot of my life hiding behind dark colors and black, but this summer, I’m all about bold, bright colors and patterns!
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