Lauren Béa

Christian singer/songwriter Lauren Béa (pronounced Bay - uh) is currently in studio with producer Otto Price (For King and Country, Barlow Girl) readying her debut EP which is set to release in the spring of 2018. The native-Texan's EP includes songs written about her life, faith and identity including "Sovereign Still," "Everything" and "Wildflower".

Béa currently resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Keenan and two year old daughter, Kaidence.

 

biography

 

Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”

(Luke 12:27-28, NLT)

 Spend five minutes with Lauren Béa (pronounced Bay - ah), and you’ll find her to be strong, beautiful, kind and capable. Yet, the woman she is today is the culmination of a lifetime of learning how to love herself. And now on her debut album, Wildflower, she’s spreading a message of empowerment for young girls and women that can be claimed everywhere. After all, she’s walked in their shoes. She knows what it’s like to feel unloved; but now, standing on the other side of her self-doubt, she knows what it’s like to feel free.

 As the wife of retired NFL player Keenan Robinson and the mother of 2-year-old Kaidence, one might think Béa’s life is solely filled with VIP-only invitations and Instagram-worthy moments. Yet, Béa’s road to the stage has been paved with ridicule, loneliness and insecurity. Her journey began under wide open Arizona skies.

 “When I was little, I would take my mom’s Walkman, and I would listen to cassette tapes of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. I would just go outside and sing at the top of my lungs,” she recalls. “So, I started out listening to the divas and just loving ballads, and I think that’s where my heart for singing really started.”

 Growing up, her father was an evangelist, and when her family moved to Dallas, they became the only biracial family in their neighborhood. To make matters worse, the middle school girls were unrelenting. Béa even became the object of the “I Hate Lauren Club.” She was bullied for four years straight.

 “Four whole years of my life was like rejection, rejection, rejection. You’re not good enough. You’re not pretty enough. You’re different. You’re too black. You’re too this. You’re too that,” Béa remembers. “It was something I didn’t realize would really set a foundation for my calling. I had to go through those things to be able to be the person I am today and to be able to sing and write about the stuff that I went through.”

 Wildflower is indeed a testament to the current identity she’s found in Christ; but it hasn’t come easy or quickly. Although Béa always harbored musical aspirations, she majored in speech pathology at the University of Texas—the place where her faith became personal and the place where she met her husband. Following in the footsteps of some of her childhood idols, she initially thought pop music was her destiny. Yet, a series of bad experiences in mainstream music left her jaded and disillusioned, and she vowed to never sing again.

 It wasn’t until three years later, when she and her husband were attending a Christian conference, that God changed her perspective in regard to her calling. “We decided to get baptized together as a married couple,” Béa shares, “and literally when I came out of the water, I had this moment where God spoke to me. He said, ‘I want you to do music again.’”

 That sparked a fresh season of writing for Béa, and what came out were God-breathed lyrics and melodies surrounding a blend of worship music, inspirational pop and real-life storytelling. Slowly, she began to realize she had something unique to say, especially as a biracial woman who grew up feeling like she never quite belonged.

 “When I was growing up, I loved Mariah Carey because she looked like me. I know that as a little girl, you pick out the Barbie that looks like you, or you pick out the baby doll that looks like you, or you look up to the artist that looks like you,” she offers. “I think that’s really important for me to be able to step into music in faith and know that God is leading me in this direction. There are so many girls and women who need to hear what God has to say about them.”

 Béa herself found her identity in Christ by leaning into the Bible. She said it wasn’t one life-changing moment that transformed her self-confidence, but rather a daily habit of looking to God’s Word to define her self-worth.

 “I replaced Jesus’ words with my own words about myself. I would read Scripture, and I would look at what God says about me, and I would fill my mind with those things,” Béa shares. “When I felt inadequate or I would start feeling nervous or I would feel insecure, I would have a verse in the back of my mind that I would just repeat. In those moments, it really helped me find my identity. It had nothing to do with having my own epiphany; it had everything to do with recognizing who I really am in Christ.”

 This is a message she hopes Wildflower communicates to women everywhere, regardless of their religious beliefs. Produced by Otto Price (Michael W. Smith, BarlowGirl), the album is full of pop-centric anthems written from the depths of real life.

 “Women don’t believe they are beautiful anymore. We define ourselves by society’s impossible standards that leave us feeling empty, unworthy and not enough. I was tired of feeling like I wasn’t measuring up and needed to fight back the lies I had been fed,” Béa admits. “The most beautiful thing we can do is embrace the fact that we are chosen and loved unconditionally by the Creator of the universe, and there is nothing we can do to add to our beauty. We are perfectly made, and it’s time we start standing in our freedom. Wildflower is an album of truth.”

 The title track is both a call to embrace our differences and a nod to the beauty that freely grows in the unlikeliest of places. “Wildflowers just stand tall in their beauty. They’re all different colors, they’re all different shapes, different sizes, but that’s what makes them so beautiful,” Béa asserts. “‘Wildflower’ is for women. It’s about loving yourself exactly how you are. It’s about natural beauty and knowing that only you can do what God has called you to do.”

 Songs like “Sovereign Still” usher in moments of worship on Wildflower, while tracks like “Everything”—written right after Béa suffered a miscarriage—shed light on life’s darkest valleys. Cuts like “Love Me” bring the vocalist’s early experiences full circle as she sings about her pre-adolescent years.

 “‘Love Me’ was solely written from the perspective of me being a middle school girl and getting bullied and feeling like nobody loved me and nobody cared about me,” Béa explains. “It’s really for any woman who feels like they’re in a circumstance where they’re not enough. They don’t feel like they’re enough at work, or they don’t feel like they’re enough in their marriage or they’re not enough as a mom.”

 It’s a song she often needs to sing over herself as an artist, a wife and a mother. Today, residing in a new home in Nashville with her family, she’s more confident in her own skin than ever before. She’s proud of her heritage and the long journey that led her to where she’s standing now—poised to live out her dream of pursing music full-time.

 “I’m owning it because this is how God made me,” she says. “Yes, I have flaws, but God made those too and He loves those flaws. He’s perfect in my weakness.”

 Regardless, she’s human and admits to still falling prey to the devil’s lies. Self-love is an ongoing process, but it’s one she works hard at every day.

 “I can’t say that I’m a completely secure person today, but I’m secure enough to know that I need to speak up on these things,” Béa says. “I need to write songs that talk about these things, and I need to get into an area where women can hear what I have to say and know that’s what God is saying about them, too”