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  • Courtesy of Muriel Knudson Singer and motivational speaker Lauren Sanderson opens up on her debut EP, "Center of Expression," which was released in June. Sanderson wrapped up her first tour at the end of July.  

  • Courtesy Muriel Knudson Singer and motivational speaker Lauren Sanderson opens up on her debut EP, "Center of Expression," which was released in June. Sanderson wrapped up her first tour at the end of July.  

  • Courtesy of Muriel Knudson Singer and motivational speaker Lauren Sanderson opens up on her debut EP, "Center of Expression," which was released in June. Sanderson wrapped up her first tour at the end of July.      has already created a social media following with her motivational videos about overcoming insecurities and building confidence, and now she's using music to share more of her story. This summer, Sanderson traveled across the country on her first tour to promote her debut EP, "Center of Expression,"

Monday, August 15, 2016 7:56 am

Spotlight: Lauren Sanderson, 'Center of Expression'

Keiara Carr | The Journal Gazette

Artist. Speaker. Internet person. That's the terse description Fort Wayne native Lauren Sanderson uses for her YouTube page, but it's certainly accurate.

Sanderson has already created a social media following with her motivational videos about overcoming insecurities and building confidence, and now she's using music to share more of her story.  

This summer, Sanderson traveled across the country on her first tour to promote her debut EP, "Center of Expression," which was released in June. For more information, go to LaurenSanderson.com

We asked a series of questions via email before Sanderson wrapped her tour on July 28 to see what's the next step. 

What inspired "Center of Expression?" What artists were you listening to during the recording process?

Sanderson: My debut EP, "Center of Expression," was actually very inspired by not a person, but the place I was at in my life at the time. It was only written a few months ago but I was in a very emotional state of mind. My EP was really the first time I have ever laid ALL of my emotions out – the good, the bad, the ugly, and said, "This is me, this is how I feel, & it’s time I embrace it to the fullest extent." 

How has it been being on the road for the "Center of Expression" tour?

Sanderson: It has been an absolutely awesome experience being on the road all summer for the "Center of Expression" tour! (July 28 was) my last show, and although it’s sad for my first nationwide tour to be over, I’m super excited to enter the next realm in my career and in my life.

What has been your go-to tour snack?

Sanderson: I don’t really have a go-to anything, to be honest. I’m a very spur-of-the-moment type person. Whatever I’m feelin', I’m feelin’.

What has been the memorable part of this tour so far? What has been the most challenging?

Sanderson: The most memorable part of tour has probably been falling in love with the crazy amounts of traveling I have been doing, and the crazy amount of support I have gotten along the entire way. The most challenging part is staying organized along the way. When stuff’s messy, it drives me insane. I’m figuring it out day by day though, no worries.

Name the weirdest souvenir you've collected over the past two months.

Sanderson: Weirdest souvenir I’ve gotten this tour? Well, I’ve gotten a lot of bras, a lot of really interesting letters and notes – I did actually sign a supporter’s speeding ticket in Des Moines, Iowa! They were traveling 4 hours to the show and got a speeding ticket trying to be first in line. They succeeded, though. Pretty dope.

What is the next thing you want to accomplish with your music career?


Sanderson: Next thing I want to accomplish in my music career is the release of my next single, "Whatchu Say" (available on Monday). Very next level and different from my entire "Center of Expression" EP, so I am very excited to hear the feedback on that. Kind of going from emotional and vulnerable to more of a badass conquer-the-world type feel.

What message do you want fans to take away from your music?

Sanderson: Throughout my music, I have a whole lot of messages I’d love for my followers to take from the lyrics, depending on the song they are listening to. But I think the message throughout EVERY song, no matter if it’s inspirational, emotional, romantic, whatever, is to just accept and most importantly, EMBRACE all your feelings, not just the positive ones.

kcarr@jg.net