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Lauren Michelle Jauregui (born June 27, 1996) is an American singer, best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The X Factor. The girl group was signed to Syco Music and Epic Records. The group released a total of one extended play and three studio albums.

Early Life Edit

Jauregui was born in Miami, Florida, to Michael Jauregui and Clara Morgado, who are both from Cuba.[1][2][3] Her father is a plant manager, and her mother is a teacher, who moved to the United States when Fidel Castro came to power.[4][3] She has two younger siblings. Jauregui said that she can trace her family lineage back to Cuba and Spain.[5]

She attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls school in Miami, where she participated in extracurricular activities including the softball team and talent show.[6][7] She has cited Journey, Paramore, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Lana Del Rey and Avicii as her music influences.[3][8][9]

Career Edit

The X Factor and Fifth Harmony Edit

In 2012, at the age of 16, Jauregui auditioned for the second season of the American version of The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina with the song "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. Her audition was described as "perfect" by Antonio Reid, who considered Jauregui had a "husky, round, mature" voice.[10] During the second round of bootcamp, she was put up against country group Sister C with the song "These Arms of Mine". After failing to make it as a solo artist, Jauregui was brought back alongside Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane, and Camila Cabello, who were put together and formed as a group by Simon Cowell. The group, later named Fifth Harmony, went on to finish third in the competition.

Fifth Harmony released their debut EP, Better Together in 2013, their first album Reflection in January 2015, and their second album 7/27 in May 2016. Their eponymous third album, and first as a foursome, Fifth Harmony, was released in August 2017. Their first two albums generated the singles "Worth It" and "Work from Home", respectively, which reached the top 10 in several international charts. The group also contributed music to the soundtrack of the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2 with their song "I'm in Love with a Monster". On March 19, 2018, the group announced an indefinite hiatus to focus on solo projects.[11]

Solo projects Edit

After the release of "Work from Home", Jauregui continued with Fifth Harmony and her solo endeavors, as individual members started to launch solo projects outside the group. In December 2016, she was featured on a single titled "Back to Me" with Marian Hill.[12] Jauregui was voted as the sexiest woman in top 100 list Afterellen.com 2016.[13] She was also voted by the public as "Celebrity of the Year" at the 2017 British LGBT Awards.[14] She was later featured on Halsey's album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom on the track "Strangers".[15] A Billboard writer noted it as "a long-overdue bisexual milestone in mainstream music."[16] The singer specifically chose Jauregui for the track instead of working with a straight artist, saying: "I just love that Lauren and I are just two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community."[17] Jauregui also recorded collaborations titled "All Night" with Steve Aoki and "In Your Phone" with Ty Dolla $ign.[18]

In May 2018, Jauregui declared she is working on her debut solo album.[19] She previously expressed in an interview with Playboy that she "wants to keep her options open" regarding the music genres of her future solo releases, and said she is heavily influenced by electronica, pop, rock and roll, alt-rock and Latin music.[20] She was the opening act for Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour during the Latin America dates.[21] Jauregui performed three songs "Toy", "Inside" and "Expectations" from her debut album on the tour.[22] In an interview with Access Jauregui mentioned that the album has more of an alternative, 90's R&B and dance sound.[23] She has also mentioned that she writes all of her songs.[24][25] Jauregui released her debut solo single "Expectations", on October 24, 2018.[26][27]

Personal life Edit

Jauregui is politically outspoken and actively involved in protests.[28] She has written several open letters since the 2016 United States presidential election, criticizing Donald Trump and his policies, including the "Muslim ban", calling it "disrespectful to Humanity".[29]

She penned an open letter to members of the Republican Party, which was published by Billboard on November 18, 2016, stating that she is bisexual and called-out Trump supporters: "your actions have led to the single-handed destruction of all the progress we've made socially as a nation."[2][30] She is also a self-proclaimed feminist. Jauregui has stated that she is attempting to go vegan and that she is in the process of doing so.[31]

Discography Edit

Main article: Discography

ToursEdit

Supporting
  • Halsey - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour (2018)

Official Accounts Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fifth Harmony bio
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Pens Open Letter to Donald Trump Voters: 'I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman & I Am So Proud of It'
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lauren Jauregui talks Fifth Harmony and her Latina roots
  4. Michael Jauregui Professional Profile
  5. Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui on Her Cultural Identity and Self Confidence: 'I Love Who I Am'
  6. Lauren Jauregui '14 Amazes Judges on X-Factor
  7. Varsity Softball Off to a 7–1 Start
  8. TeenNick Top 10: An Interview With Fifth Harmony
  9. Avicii's Death Mourned by Calvin Harris, Marshmello, deadmau5 & More
  10. 'The X Factor' recap: Season 2 auditions end ... strangely
  11. Fifth Harmony Announce Hiatus to Pursue Solo Careers
  12. Listen to Fifth Harmony's Lauren first solo track
  13. Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui on winning the AfterEllen Hot 100
  14. LGBT Awards: Prince William honoured for supporting community
  15. Halsey And Lauren Jauregui Get Real About Their Ex-Girlfriends on New Song 'Strangers'
  16. Halsey & Lauren Jauregui's 'Strangers' Is a Long-Overdue Bisexual Milestone in Mainstream Music
  17. Halsey & Lauren Jauregui Sing About Ex-Girlfriends on Sexy 'Strangers' Song: Listen
  18. Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Is About to Release a Song with Ty Dolla $ign | MTV UK
  19. Lauren Jauregui Gives Solo Album Update: 'I Can't Wait to Give You This World'
  20. Lauren Jauregui Breaks Free
  21. Halsey Announces Final Leg of 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom' Tour
  22. Lauren Jauregui Debuts Three New Solo Songs at Halsey's Show in Brazil: Watch
  23. Lauren Jauregui On Life After Fifth Harmony: 'It's All Love'
  24. Lauren Jauregui Likes Performing Solo After Fifth Harmony
  25. Lauren Jauregui Likes Performing Solo After Fifth Harmony
  26. Lauren Jauregui Announces Debut Solo Single 'Expectations'
  27. Lauren Jauregui Announces Debut Solo Single 'Expectations'
  28. Lauren Jauregui Speaks Out on the Women's March: "This Is Democracy"
  29. Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Calls Trump's Immigrant Ban 'Disrespectful to Humanity' in Open Letter
  30. Lauren Jauregui Gloriously Responds to Trump's Disrespectful Muslim Ban
  31. Fifth Harmony Member Lauren Jauregui Transitions to Vegan Diet