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Rising Stars: Meet LaÜnI


Today we’d like to introduce you to LaÜnI.
 

Hi LaÜnI, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. I’ve been singing in church since I was a little girl, but never fully understood that I actually could actually sing good until I was about 10. I was extremely shy and didn’t really let anyone listen to me really sang and was never allowed to pursue a music career back then because my parents/family are very religious. Nothing ever really made me happy or feel fulfilled. I had hobbies like working out and drawing/painting, but I wasn’t ever really passionate about those hobbies. The only constant thing that always made me feel happy and pulled me out of some dark times was music. I kept seeing people, just like me, going all in with their passion for music and following their dreams. I loved how happy it made them. I wanted to feel that drive to keep growing and immerse myself in music too. So, I finally stepped out of my comfort zone in April of 2019 and started going to open mics, specifically Loud Gallery every Monday.

I’m assuming after people saw my determination to better my craft and see my progress, they wanted to give me a chance. I started getting contacted to perform at paid shows, bigger open mics and shows out of town. It really helped keep me motivated. I broke night so many times, I’m sure like a lot of artists, trying to find my sound and create my first singles “You” and “L2M (Lie to Me)” with the help of my producer The Craftzman. I was able to push myself and learn guitar a lot more, and The Craftzman actually used some of my samples in the beats. I started getting more attention as well on social media because of my acoustic covers. That helped me get better at singing and playing guitar at the same time and eventually being able to perform doing both as well.

Fully committing to my now more creative life, I always want to tap into other avenues that may help with my confidence for future shows/music videos, like taking dance lessons for example. It’s been a never ending journey of growth, and I’ve made some amazing friends/supporters along the way, thank God. Now I am deep diving into more of a Caribbean/bilingual (Spanish and English) sound and, of course, trying to show versatility with some upcoming singles I will be releasing.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, and I think that’s important when pursuing a passion. Nothing is ever handed to you, and I had to go through some tough times to learn a lot about myself and what I want. I’ve struggled with some mental health issues. I, unfortunately, like many others, suffer from depression and anxiety. This has hindered my consistency at times and has given me writer’s block. With the music industry, there also comes the risk of being manipulated and taken advantage of by people who claim to want the best for you, especially being a female in the industry. On top of that, I have a very religious family that does not support me wanting to be in the music industry. They don’t even know how deep into this I am. These things combined made me really question my purpose and made me want to quit a bunch of times!

I learned a lot from all my mistakes and all the empty promises from others. I’ve learned to trust in myself and my purpose. I’m so thankful, I’ve been able to find my circle of friends who are my support system. I don’t have a team yet to help me build my career, so everything falls on me, which can be exhausting and trying at times, but again it’s those tough moments that now really make me believe this will all be worth it one day.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a singer/songwriter and musician. At the beginning of my career, I have focused on more of an r&b and pop sound myself, but now I want to branch out and embrace my culture by creating Spanglish songs and really push myself when it comes to songwriting. I write my own music, and I play guitar. I am known for my acoustic covers, my emotionally driven original music, and always having Bruce (my guitar) close by. I think what sets me apart is not really trying to follow the crowd and just focusing on my lane. I don’t want to make a catchy song that doesn’t really have a meaning, it’s just to make you dance. I want to make feel something deeper every time you listen to a song by LaUnI. Even now, with me transitioning and writing songs for more of a Spanish crowd, I want it to still have meaning.

I will forever be a more emotional writer, but I want to really show everyone what my pen can do. I am so proud of pushing past my fears of disappointment and embarrassment and proving to myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to, especially when I have a bigger purpose with music and my creativity in general.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I want to have a bigger influence on the Spanish community. My goal is to travel to different states and maybe even different countries and get my name out there, perform and make great connections in the process. I want to really see how much more I can push myself creatively and become a songwriter for bigger-name artists. I want to have songs with artists like Jhene Aiko, Kehlani, Coi Leray, Becky G, TINI, Yarge, just to name a few. I love how Coi Leray created a movement of being confident in your skin no matter what, especially since I’m also a petite female. I want to represent that and be proud as well.

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David Daudin
Brion Price Photography
J. Colon Photography

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