Lauren Mayberry releases debut solo single, ‘Are You Awake?

The new track lands ahead of her imminent solo tour.

Photo: Scarlett Casciello

Until this point, we’ve fondly known Lauren Mayberry as the vocalist of Scotland’s CHVRCHES. Now, she’s stepping directly into the spotlight with new single ‘Are You Awake?’ - her first material as a solo artist. A piano-led ballad that foregrounds her vulnerable vocals, it showcases a side to Lauren less seen in her previous work.

“‘Are You Awake?’ is a song that started on a rainy day last December with [co-writer] Tobias Jesso Jr.”, she has shared. “I was thinking a lot about loneliness and homesickness, and as soon as Tobias started playing the chords, the lyrics and melody came to me really quickly. I finished the song with my friend Matthew Koma, who really understood what I was trying to say.

“For a long time, I couldn’t imagine doing anything outside of CHVRCHES, but I think some things that I needed to write had to be done from purely my own point of view. I never really thought I’d write a piano ballad, or a solo album full stop, so life really is full of surprises. I am really looking forward to this chapter and can’t wait for people to hear more of the music.”

Listen to ‘Are You Awake?’ below:

Next month, Lauren will also embark on her first ever solo tour, which sees her arrive in the UK for four dates in newly-upgraded venues. Grab tickets now, and check out the details of her UK shows here:

05 Glasgow, SWG3
06 Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
08 Manchester, Academy 2
09 London, Koko

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