New York, NY, October 25, 2022 —  NYC-based singer-songwriter Lauren Rathbun has issued her latest track, “Bird With A Broken Wing,” an evocative ballad fringed with the glamorous sparkle of 70s pop/rock, highlighted by the refreshing splash of Lauren’s inimitable, contralto vocal — its strength and emotive quality reminiscent of such icons as Barbra Streisand, ABBA’s Frida and Agnetha Faltskog and the late Olivia Newton John.

Produced by Ayhan Sahin, the powerhouse rock ballad is Lauren’s third original release under the Young Pals Music imprint, the NYC-based independent label that has proved to be the perfect home for Lauren’s multi-faceted creative talents.

“Bird With A Broken Wing” opens with a reflective acoustic guitar refrain, gently underpinning Lauren’s endearing solo verse, as she seeks guidance at the end — or perhaps the beginning — of a journey. The pre-chorus bursts into a duel between piano and electric guitar, building in texture and intensity to a euphoric guitar solo and high-octane refrain, as Lauren carries the song with beauty and poise to the clouds above.

Lauren’s commitment to creating authentic, moving music that touches the hearts of listeners is what motivates her as an artist. She explains, “2021 was a particularly challenging year, and I found great solace in music following some personal setbacks. When Ayhan approached me with an idea he had about revisiting a song he had written years ago, I heard lyrics that really resonated with me: I will fly over mountains, sing without you. We worked together on some new material for what became this fresh take on ‘Bird With A Broken Wing’, and it proved a truly meaningful experience to sing and record it anew.”

Rathbun with music producer Ayhan Sahin during the  64th Grammy Awards in Las Vegas
Rathbun’s Second Single “Into You”

“Bird With A Broken Wing” is adapted from Ayhan Sahin and lyricist Selcen Pamuk Phelps’ full-length rock musical Swedish Style. The project — first developed in the 1990s and inspired by the real-life stories that surrounded Swedish supergroup ABBA — features a quartet of musicians on the brink of superstardom, dealing with love, loss and the pursuit of artistic immortality.

Lauren continues, “I am grateful to Ayhan and his writing collaborator Bernadette O’Reilly for their expertise on this new track, and to my parents who continue to be so supportive of my musical endeavors. I hope the unique lyrics and story of this song find their way to listeners’ hearts, just as it did mine.”

First Single from Rathbun “My Almost Lover”

 Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lauren fell in love with musical theater as a teenager, graduating with an honors degree from the University of Utah for Musical Theatre Performance, shortly before her move to New York City in 2016.

As 2022 draws to a close, Lauren is in the final stages of recording her debut album with Sahin and O’Reilly at Young Pals Music. Set for release next year, the album will showcase her timeless voice through a mix of musical genres, combined with her ability to impart heartfelt sincerity into every note.

Lauren Rathbun’s ‘Bird With A Broken Wing’ is out now across all digital platforms

Follow Lauren on Instagram, Facebook, Apple Music & Spotify

For media enquiries please contact (917) 693-2688

Notes to Editors

Songwriters: Ayhan Sahin, Selcen Pamuk Phelps, Bernadette OReilly, Lauren Rathbun
Publisher: Young Pals Music (2022)

Producer: Ayhan Sahin
Musicians: Mike Sorrentino (drums), Carras Paton (bass), Gene Blank (guitars), Rob Preuss (piano and synth), Keith Fluitt (back vocals)
Executive Producer: Bernadette OReilly
Mixed and Engineered by Ayhan Sahin @ 2CStudios
Mastered by Ryan Smith @ Sterling Sound

Photography by Ayhan Sahin
Artwork Design by Emre Emirgil

2022 Young Pals Music Production                                                   

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