Lauren Michelle Jauregui Morgado is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Jauregui began experimenting with different sounds and exploring solo songwriting, collaborating on songs with Marian Hill, Steve Aoki and Halsey. She began working on solo music in May 2018 and released her debut solo song “Expectations” in October 2018 under Columbia Records. In January 2019, she released the song “More Than That“. Jauregui contributed “Invisible Chains” to the soundtrack of the film Birds of Prey (2020), and released the Tainy-produced Latin urban song “Lento” in March 2020. In April 2020, she released the song “50ft”. Jauregui’s debut solo EP, Prelude, was released on November 5, 2021.
Years active 2012–present
Born June 27, 1996, age 26 years old and 5 months, Miami, Florida, U.S.
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Green
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5.4 ‘ / 165 cm
Measurements 36-26-34 in / 91-66-86 cm
Bra size 34B
Jauregui was born on June 27, 1996 in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents Michael Jauregui and Clara Morgado. Her father is a plant manager, and her mother is a teacher, who moved to the United States when Fidel Castro came to power. Jauregui has mostly Cuban ancestry and some Spanish. The eldest of two siblings (Taylor Jauregui – Younger Sister, Chris Jauregui – younger Brother), Jauregui attended a co-ed Catholic school from pre-K through sixth grade. She then attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic college preparatory school in Miami, on academic scholarship. She was in the international baccalaureate program of the school, and participated in the talent show and softball team. Throughout her school years, Jauregui expressed herself through the arts, while she enjoyed “constantly creating”, singing, writing, dancing, choreographing, playing piano and painting.
2012–2018: The X Factor and Fifth Harmony
In 2012, at the age of 15, Jauregui auditioned for the second season of The X Factor U.S.. After four rounds of preliminary auditions, she was called back at the age of 16 for the televised audition in front of the judges. Jauregui performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys for her audition. Judge Antonio Reid described Jauregui’s voice as “husky, round, mature” and her audition as “perfect”. She advanced to the next round after getting approval from all four of the judges. During the second round of bootcamp, she was put up against country group Sister C with the song “These Arms of Mine“. After being eliminated as a solo artist in the competition, Jauregui was brought back and put into a group alongside Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane, and Camila Cabello, which would later become Fifth Harmony. The group made it to the finale and finished third in the competition.
In January 2013, Fifth Harmony was signed to Simon Cowell‘s label Syco Music and L.A. Reid‘s Epic Records. Jauregui dropped out of school to work with Fifth Harmony, and later received her high school diploma through homeschooling. The group released their debut EP Better Together in October 2013. Their debut album Reflection was released in January 2015. Jauregui did not participate in promotion for the release of Reflection as her grandmother died the day of the album’s release and her bandmates recommended she head to Florida. The album’s third single “Worth It” peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, their highest peak yet on the chart. The group also contributed the song “I’m in Love with a Monster” to the soundtrack of the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). In December 2015, Fifth Harmony was honored as “Group of the Year” at the Billboard Women in Music ceremony.
Fifth Harmony’s second album 7/27 was released in May 2016. “Work From Home“, the album’s lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top 10 in several international charts. “Work From Home” became the first song from a girl group to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in eight years. The group’s third album, Fifth Harmony, their first as a foursome after Cabello’s departure in December 2016, was released in August 2017. The album marked the first time the group was able to co-write and have agency over the creative direction of an album. In March 2018, the group announced their decision to take an indefinite hiatus to grow as individual artists and pursue solo ambitions.
2016–2021: Solo projects and collaborations
After the release of the group’s second album, Jauregui continued with Fifth Harmony and began exploring solo songwriting, while the other members also worked on solo projects outside the group. In December 2016, she collaborated with Marian Hill on their song “Back to Me“, Jauregui’s first release outside of Fifth Harmony. Jauregui said that being able to “form a genuine connection” with the duo and write for the song was an “honor”, while it gave “a snippet of my vibe for the first time in collaboration with them”. Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill said that the duo and Jauregui had been wanting to work together since they met at one of Marian Hill’s shows over a year earlier, and they completed the song with her in a brief period she had outside her tight schedule with Fifth Harmony. Jeremy Lloyd of Marian Hill said that Jauregui told them she had written her verse about five minutes before she was going to record it, and she “nailed the rhyme scheme and did so probably quicker and more deftly than we could have done”. Lloyd also complimented the harmonies Jauregui wrote, saying that she has “an amazing harmonic ear”. At the end of 2016, Jauregui was voted as the sexiest woman in AfterEllen‘s top 100 list of the year.
In May 2017, Jauregui was voted by the public as “Celebrity of the Year” at the British LGBT Awards in recognition of promoting equality for LGBTQ. Jauregui featured on Halsey‘s same-sex song “Strangers“, which Billboard noted as a “long-overdue bisexual milestone in mainstream music.” Halsey specifically chose Jauregui, who is openly bisexual, for the track, 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.” Jauregui featured on Ty Dolla Sign‘s song “In Your Phone” from his album Beach House 3 (2017). The album track peaked at number 23 on the U.S R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart. Jauregui also recorded “All Night” with Steve Aoki, released in November 2017, from his album Neon Future III (2018). “All Night” was Jauregui’s first release as a primary songwriter and lead singer. She also produced the vocals on the track. Aoki said of collaborating with Jauregui: “She’s got so many ideas … She’s very meticulous. The attention to detail Lauren has is something I don’t find in many people. … She’s got those ears, the sensibility and the vision”. Jauregui said that her collaborative projects outside the group are a “chance to explore myself and discover who I am as an individual artist”, and an exploration working with different artists, “seeing what it is that we create together”. In January 2018, it was reported that she would be signing to Columbia Records for her future solo work.
Lauren Jauregui: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour – Recap (Part 1)
In May 2018, Jauregui stated that she began working on solo music and visuals. She previously expressed in March 2018 that she has been exploring and getting “in touch” with herself creatively, and does not want to give herself “boundaries”, adding that she is influenced by various genres, including electronica, pop, rock ‘n roll, alternative rock and Latin music. In June 2018, Jauregui was the opening act for Halsey’s Latin American leg of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour. In the tour with Halsey, Jauregui performed three songs she had written, “Toy”, “Inside” and “Expectations”. In September 2018, Jauregui said she has been composing instrumentation vocally and playing it on the piano. She has no set date for her album release as she is “really trying to let it be as organic as possible” and it will be released when she feels like it is ready. Jauregui said she writes all of her songs.
Jauregui released her debut solo single “Expectations” with its accompanying music video on October 24, 2018, under Columbia Records. Of her creative process, Jauregui said:
I’m trying to be as organic as possible. I write when I feel like it — I don’t try to force a song … There’s a lot of inspiration around me, so I’ve been drawing from whatever I can — mostly life experiences, or things I wish to experience … Art is a self-care medium for me — delving in and expressing myself however it is my heart is feeling at that moment … I’m also very intricately involved in every aspect of bringing each song to life — the video ideas, developing the concepts, the whole editing process.
In November 2018, Jauregui performed two new songs, “More Than That” and “Freedom”, at MTV‘s Plus 1 The Vote Election Party. Jauregui released “More Than That” on January 11, 2019. It was reported in April 2019 that Jauregui signed to Records imprint alongside Columbia. In July 2019, Jauregui performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival by Quincy Jones‘ invitation, for his closing night of the festival in honor of his music. In August, Jauregui said her debut album would be released in 2020. In September, she performed at the invite-only Women of Jammcard JammJam event, partnered with the nonprofit She Is the Music. In early December 2019, Jauregui featured alongside Drew Love on Clear Eyes’ (Jeremy Lloyd from Marian Hill) debut solo song, “Let Me Know”.
Lauren Jauregui: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour – Recap (Part 2)
Jauregui co-wrote and performed the song “Invisible Chains” for Birds of Prey: The Album, the soundtrack of the film Birds of Prey released in February 2020. In February 2020, she collaborated with Puerto Rican producer Tainy on his Latin urban song “Nada” featuring Spanish artist C. Tangana. Jauregui released the Tainy-produced song “Lento” and its music video on March 20, 2020. On April 17, 2020, Jauregui released the song “50ft”. Jauregui was scheduled to perform at Something in the Water music festival in Virginia Beach in April 2020, and at the inaugural Virgin Fest in Los Angeles in June, however both festivals were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Jauregui participated in Billboard‘s Live At-Home Concert to raise funds for coronavirus disease relief. She joined Global Citizen and the World Health Organization‘s Together At Home campaign series, for which she performed and spoke to raise awareness and funds for the coronavirus disease pandemic. Jauregui featured on “The Bad Part” from Johnny Rain’s EP2, released on September 11, 2020. Colombian group ChocQuibTown collaborated with Jauregui on two songs from their upcoming album.
In April 2021, Jauregui partnered with Ad Council‘s Sound It Out campaign, which encourages students and their caregivers to have honest conversations about mental health. She wrote the song “Temporary” for the initiative’s EP, in honor of a conversation she had with a young student. In July, Jauregui contributed the song “While I’m Alive” to the all-female album Big Femme Energy Vol. 1 from female-led entertainment company Femme It Forward, which focuses on celebrating and empowering women and bringing more inclusivity in the music industry. Jauregui performed the song “Not Prepared For You” for Diane Warren‘s debut album The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1, released in August 2021. The following month, Jauregui announced on her social networks that she is an ambassador for Rihanna‘s Savage X Fenty lingerie brand.
2021–present: Prelude and Tour
On September 15, 2021, Jauregui announced her debut solo project, Prelude, and a livestream performance via Moment House scheduled for October 14 and 15. She released the tracks “Colors” and “Scattered”, featuring Vic Mensa, in October. On November 3, Jauregui released the track “On Guard”, featuring singer 6lack. Prelude was released on November 5, 2021.
Jauregui grew up listening to 90s R&B, alternative rock, singer-songwriters, “vocalists”, pop, Latin music, and soul. Jauregui has said that her music is largely influenced by soul, R&B, rock, alternative, pop, and Latin music. She is “mostly inspired by songwriters” and “truth and authenticity”. Some of the artists who have influenced her include Lana Del Rey, John Mayer, Lauryn Hill, Paramore, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse, and Frank Ocean.
Activism and personal life
Jauregui uses her platform to raise awareness on a number of issues, including human rights, education, criminal justice, election voting, immigration, gun violence and reform, harassment, and other social issues. She is politically outspoken, involved in protests, and has partnered with several organizations and attended events that work with such causes. 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”. In November 2016, Billboard published an open letter she penned to Trump voters, where she wrote about repercussions of Trump’s campaign and election, and stated: “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it”. Jauregui has said she identifies with sexual fluidity. She has also spoken about LGBTQ issues.
Lauren Jauregui Interesting Facts:
Lauren had her first kiss when she was 13 years old.
Lauren Jauregui wrote an open letter to members of the Republican Party stating that she is bis*xual.