Spend five minutes with Lauren Béa (pronounced Bay – ah), and you’ll find her to be strong, beautiful, and capable. But the woman she is today is the culmination of a lifetime of learning how to love herself that hasn’t come easily. Now, Lauren articulates that same kind of empowerment to young girls and women everywhere, helping them to understand that their worth has nothing to do with who the world says they are and everything to do with who they are in Christ. It’s this same message that fills Lauren’s debut album, Wildflower, produced by Otto Price (Michael W. Smith, BarlowGirl).
The daughter of an evangelist, Lauren majored in speech pathology at the University of Texas, the place where her faith became personal and she eventually met her husband, retired NFL player Keenan Robinson. Lauren and Keenan have one child, two-year-old Kaidence.
When did you know you wanted to make music your life’s work?
I have been a singer my whole life. I started at the age of five doing school performances and little competitions and then as I grew older, I started leading worship in my church. I always knew I wanted to do it for a living but did not pursue it as a career until I went off to college. I decided to just go for it! So, I started off doing mainstream but then switched to Christian music a few years later because it just felt so much more natural to me!
The Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a plot twist that makes our personal story even better. Have you ever experienced a real life “plot twist” that made your life better?
When I was doing mainstream music, I thought I was working with people who had the same beliefs as I did. Unfortunately, I was pressured to sing songs that did not represent who I was as a person or what I wanted to embody as an Artist. After numerous arguments because I stood up for myself and flat out told them “NO.” I decided to let them go and pursue music on my own. It was not worth the money, the fame or being talked down to all the time. If I wasn’t staying true to myself and what I believed, then I did not want to be a part of it.
What Bible passage or story best describes your journey of faith?
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This passage really resonates with my own story because no matter what it is that I have been through, God has always been there loving and pursuing me. I know that I am not perfect but to be loved by a perfect God is the most comforting thing in the world.
Let’s talk about Wildflower, your new album, which was released in October. Please tell us about it. What is the significance of the title?
I wanted to write a song that empowered women. I wanted them to know they are beautiful exactly how they are and they don’t have to try to be anything or anyone that they’re not. Wildflowers came to mind. These flowers don’t have to DO anything for their beauty, they just are. Each a different shade of color, size and texture. Every single one of them, perfect in their own way.It dawned on me that WE too are like wildflowers. Whatever aspect of life we are living in, whatever color skin we were given, whatever size our body type is, we can stand tall and know we are beautiful and perfect just the way we are.
How many of the songs did you write or co-write? What is your favorite song to perform live?
I wrote and co-wrote on all of my songs except for one. Ironically, that one song happens to be my favorite song to perform live! Undefeated has such a fun vibe to it, it’s definitely a crowd favorite.
A few fun questions…
Whether at home or on tour, what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Spaghetti. I can eat this for breakfast lunch and dinner. Ever since I was a little kid it has always been my favorite food!
What’s the name of the last great book you read, and why?
The last great book I read is called “The Noticer.” I could not put it down it was so good! It is all about changing your perspective on every situation in your life and really gives you a strong reality check!
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
I would say I am definitely the girl next door! When I am not performing or doing music I am in sweatpants, no make-up and doing the least amount possible to my appearance (haha). I’m also a very go-with-the-flow person, so I love doing things spur of the moment and really enjoying the spontaneity of it!
Thanks, Lauren! It’s great to have you as a guest at Divine Detour.
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