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Lauren Spencer-Smith

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Lauren Spencer-Smith was born in England but claims British Columbia, Canada as her home. Though no one in her family has a musical background, Lauren absolutely has the gift.

Lauren started seeing success on YouTube a few years ago. In 2019, she posted a cover of “Always Remember Us This Way” which quickly reached 2.7 Million views. She followed up with “Someone You Loved” which now has over 8 million views. She kept posting videos to a massive audience until she finally got the chance to wow the American Idol judges.

Today, the “Fingers Crossed” hitmaker joins us on the Spout Podcast to spout off on water sports, exercise, heartbreak, humility, the importance of having close friends, her favorite smoothies, and more!

They say in life you're born to do one thing. Some become athlete at the highest level, some become teachers to help educate the next generation and some are born to sing. Finding your place in life could be daunting and it could take years to find yourself on the right path, but for Lauren Spencer Smith, that path seemed pretty clear since day. One side not so high. Lauren Spencer Smith was originally born Portsmouth, England, but claims Canada as her home, as she's been living in Vancouver island since the age of three. Though no one in her family has a musical background, Lauren absolutely has that gift. She began singing a memorizing song she heard on the radio as a toddler and would sing absolutely anytime, anywhere. By Age five she was performing in school talent shows and by age eight she was entering herself into singing competitions, owning and on her craft and even uploading videos to youtube. To the Lauren started seeing success on Youtube a few years ago. Raised with a...

...solid work ethic and a knack for independence, Lauren would be juggling interviews from news outlets and magazines wall commuting to and from school and her job which she picked up to help her family fast. What word to two thousand and nineteen and Lauren's life would begin to change. She posted a cover of Lady Gagas always remember us this way, which quickly reached two point seven million views on youtube. She followed up with Louis Capaldi's someone you loved, which, as of this recording, has almost eight million views. She released the studio version of that cover just a few months later. With her new found viral Internet fame, Lauren made the decision to quit her job and focus one hundred percent on music. She continued to post videos regularly until she got the opportunity to...

...wow the judges on American idol in two thousand and twenty. I'm kind of I can't talk. Her audition would leave judge Luke Bryan speechless and she easily snagged a golden ticket to Hollywood. Lauren would finish inside the top twenty of that season and gain a slew of new fans to keep her passion for music burning brighter than ever. Today, Lauren Spencer Smith lives in British Columbia with her mother, who she says is her biggest supporter. She has more than three point four million followers across instagram, Tick Tock and Youtube alone, and just released her newest single, fingers crossed, for the world to hear. I'm Eric Zachary. This is the spout podcast where famous people spot up about more than they're famous for, and today that's Lauren Spencer Smith. How are you? So much going on, and I mean even today I saw that you just retweeted that fingers crossed is now number ten on the spotify charts. Sets in saying it's like there's no way that's not happening. My emotion for...

...everything is crying, like happy, sad ang. Okay, thanks. Well, the will be moments where I'm in bed and I'm like, I just can't believe that Jimmy valid DM to me. So he has a segment, I think, where he just like shows people's music, because he stared a couple artists and he liked put fingers crossed up and I responded. It was like I'm hope you, Jimmy, and then he was like I love this song and I like my Oh my God. That's for those that somehow don't know. You know, Lauren had quite a few successful viral videos with you and your dad in the car on Youtube and I'm very social medias and then, you know, casually, American idols, whatever. That's a big deal. Yeah, to twenty on that. Katy Perry, I think I want to make sure I get this quote right. She said you maybe sixteen at the time, but your voice is when thousand years old. What goes through your head when you hear that once again? It's just like in one ear of the other and you're like pink. She didn't say that. It's just...

...so crazy, especially people like I grew up, you know, thinking like this person is so famous, like I'm never going to speak to this person. What's up? What's something that was on the bucket list, like you know? Okay, so you just said it. You know, as growing up, you know you can sing, but it's a really hard metric to know, like, okay, am I good enough for where can I go with this, or do I just know, you know, the ability to sing around the house or in the car with my dad? What's something that was on that list? Ultimately not, you know, meeting Katy Perry, American idol, but just like truly that's happening now that this is a career for you, that you're able to cross off. I think one of my main things is that I wanted to do shows and like now we're kind of in the process of turguing out, like where do I want to headline? Where do I want to do shows? Like do I want to go on tour, and like that is one of the main things I have always wanted to so I haven't necessarily done it yet, but it's in the process of like being on the billboard chart in the top one hundred. It's something I have always wanted my whole life and now I'm in the top one hundred. What's up? What's the venue that's going to bring it all home, like when you play that stage? No, I could then like every stadium,...

...but I honestly feel like feel like my hometown stadium, which is Rogers arena back home Vancouver. I feel like I've watched like one direction. There a dull you know, Luke Bryant, every concert I've ever been to in my life has either been at rodgers arena or BAC place. They're beside each other and if I was to sell out one of those venues, I think that would be my life completion. But you know, stable center Wembley. You know, usually every big stadium you get big bug. I want to say, are you going to be the person that's on stage more like a dull style where it's you with the mic, you know, just really focusing on the the harmonies and the melodies, or do you want like full production? You want to be like coming down from the ceiling, fireworks, all of that, like I definitely want I don't want it to be boring, but I do think a lot of people listen to me for the emotion of my voice. So I'd love for my shows to be intimate, like I want to tell stories, want to be funny on stage, like I want to feel like, you know, everyone in the audience is close to me,...

...is my friend, but I definitely want to have, you know, some cool stuff going on in the background if I can. I've had this conversation with a couple people, admittedly, but I'm finding that gets a different answer every time. So I'm genuinely curious. You're someone that you know you're still quite young, but you have accomplished so much, and that's not without good reason, like you're a hard work or you're an incredible talent. With that said, singing, I would imagine, was a hobby. It was something that you were doing for fun, when it's a career. Now now that you're working, you know you're doing these press doers, you're playing concerts. What are you doing to escape music for a second? I feel like my main thing is I have like three main people in my life that like forget I'm the singer. They're like my hometown core people, and I I choose. If I need a break, I want to go hang out with my friends that know me, for Lauren not know me as well. Those are Smith and not know me as like fingers cross girl. Like those three people remind me that I'm like a normal person and that my life isn't overwhelming. And you know, we just do like the stupid stuff we just doing our...

...kid they will go surfing or what are the beach like this, all the normal things you do as a teenager. I hang out with the three people, they give me that feeling. It's it's incredible. First and allmust I don't want to take away from you. I guess which is jumped out to me is I didn't realize surfing is a normal thing Vancouver. It makes sense now, like thinking where it's at on the map, but just like that's nothing that goes through my head. Obviously I'm not from Canada or even that region, but that's wild. Yeah, so you've been surfing for a while. I usually go wake surfing, so it's like behind a boat on a lake, pretty for suit. My Dad has a place on this lake and he lives there. So me and my friends like live on this lake. In the summer all we do is wake surf, wake forard, go to bang. You know. What about? What about right now, when it's cold or when you're traveling everywhere? And Yeah, you're able to contact the friends and reach out, but you're busy. What centers you in the middle of chaos? I my two main things I love doing are like working out and eating healthy. They're like the two things that keep me saying. They're...

...like my anxiety releases, you know, it's like it's a little scientifically proven work out. Like working out, you know, destracts, and eating healthy is like good for your health. But I would say, like just honestly staying in contact with those people, like I put time out of my day. I messages people. I'm like we are going to facetime at eight o'clock and is in my schedule, so we can catch up and talk about normal things. You can tell me how your boyfriend cheated on me for the fifth time and we can have normal girl conversation and I can give you advice that you don't listen to and like the circle goes round, normal girls saying yeah, I we'll just keep doing that every time. What's your favorite healthy meal? Because, you know, healthy food and eating in a nutritious way isn't that hard to do. But the actual stuff that you like to eat, you know, when you're trying to go organic, would be healthier for a day we clean, it's not always accessible. So, like, what's your ultimate healthy meal? Ultimate healthy meal either would be like literally just chicken and vegetables. Big Chicken girl. But, like anyone that knows me knows, I'm just like I could eat. I could live off smon really are like protein shakes. I am I had like every blender, every kind of fruit,...

...like every kind of protein powder. I'm like the or I like, I say you bowls, like I love Bruit. I don't know why. It's probably the sugar, but I love fruit. I really honestly, when I'm traveling, I eat like meal replacement shakes because food is so like not accessible sometimes, that if I just bring my shakes around with me, like I'll survive and I'll eat something. I was imagine before you said the the meal replacement shakes. I was imagining you like checking a blender with you on an airplane, like that's you carry on. I live. I literally have a portable Bunder like, no joke. I gotta no more. I'd even know that existed. First and foremost, I didn't either. That I got it really and I'm so start I got I actually bought another one. My Mom bomby one, and I think this is the best thing I ever vented. If I lose this one, I'm going to cry. But I ordered a second one and I bring it everywhere. Stirs up all my stuff for me. I'm like, wow, I've never burned it walk I had no idea. Walk me through, like the quick pro tip of making the perfect smoothie done, I would say, always has to be the yogurt first.

Like if you put the fruit in first, they want to clend properly and it just like gets stuck and you're like getting the spoon in and you'R chying like. It just doesn't work. Yogurt always has to be first. I Love Vanilla Yogurt because it had gives it that extra flavor. I'm a big like strawberry banana girl. I put my banana in first. The banana also has to be frozen. Can't be regular bananas, and then my frozen strawberries and I bun the whole thing up and I have like a chocolate protein powder which I put in. Makes the taste like and my Donald's chocolate nunkshakes not even through anymore. This episode of the spot podcast is brought to you by RAYCON wireless earbuds. You know a lot of people not making a whole lot of new years or relations this year, where Hasitance to do so, myself included, but it's that about that time, right if February. We need to shake things up and there's no better way to do that than with Raycon wireless earbuds in your ears. RAYCON wireless earbuds are the best way to bring audio with you, no matter how much you're shaking things up. Literally, no matter how much you shake, these things are not falling out of your...

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...thing for you. Yeah, American idol kind of give you that Meteora, meteoric rise real fast, and now you have the support of a team and whatnot, but you were recording and you were writing music before that. So how has nor has that process changed for you? Yeah, I mean it's definitely change, just like with accessibility, like there's lots more opportunity, like even just having a manager, like your manager knows other singer songwriters like boom. You guys could write together and you're like great, like growing up in a small town on the island where nobody sings, it's kind of like who I write songs, would like who? There's nobody there that does that, whereas like for last little bit too, like have just been like flying to Los Angeles and being in the middle of like, you know, music and being in the middle of people who do the same thing that I do and like sharing that with everybody. The process, it's kind of still the same, like you still go through the drama, cry about the drama and then you know, articulate it into, you know, writing on a notebook and then you walk in the studio and you're like cool, you need the pen, the paper. Pen and paper is more like a manifesting thing for me,...

...like I have manifestation journals. When it comes to Songwriting, I have like my eyepad with the keyboard on like Google got. Let's get past the the career stuff. What are you doing to relax this weekend? Shooting a music video. The Oh my God, that's so exciting, though. Music, music, music, seven days a week. I'm very excited. It's, you know, that kind of stuff fun. You're not, you know, stressed out. That's like you're in your element, being creative, having fun, working with other creative people. And then Sunday I'm doing a writing session with the same people that I wrote fingers crossed with. So we're going to see what we can create now that all this has happened to and like that's also that's not stressful. Song or Songwriting is relieving for me. That's like stress Relie from getting my emotions out. So music video and a session, I love that. The sessions with the same people because, you know, a lot of people that don't have access to the songwriting community don't realize it's not always the same people in these writing rooms. You know, you you have to work with different stands and whatnot. It's kind of a rarity to be able to keep lining up the same people at the same time.

So that's pretty cool. Yeah, like there are very few people that I like continuously right with and it's usually just a scheduling thing. Obviously, what we created the fingers crossed, but it's so amazing for us. So we were like, we need to fit this in. We need to like take stoppies on Instagram, like celebrate together, like order pizza. We want to do something because we're super happy. So well, I want to end on this then, since you are shooting the music video and with the idea that this is coming out, you know, not instantly. I don't want you to ruin the treatment or anything like that, but give me three words that will make sense once we watch the music video. Three keywords. Okay, I would say like dark. Okay, emotional. Oh, it's my third one. I don't know why I'm thinking twilight right now. That's my oh yeah, I'll stay twilight. That art like emotional twilight. will go with that. Yeah, dark, emotional by light. Lauren Spencer Smith, thank you so much. have an amazing time shoot in this video. Have like just enjoy every moment of it. I know you will, but it's you only get the the video opportunity like this the first time once, so really...

...enjoy it. I'm so excited for you to see more of Eric's conversation with Lauren Spencer Smith. Searchs apout podcast on IG and twitter. Or it's about podcastcom next week. Emmy Melli spouts off. I would have found my way for sure because, like I said, it's my biggest passion. I've always known I wanted to do this and I've been working at it for so long that I feel like eventually I would have gotten there, but not on the journey that I ended up going like once a pandemic Habbin. I literally when I tell you that I blew all my unemployment money on studio time. I blew all my unemployment money on Studio Time Times. This about podcast is presented by Alpha media and created I Phil Becker. About.

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