When Lauren Lizabeth returns to the recording studio in this spring, the EP lineup will mark another first – credit as a cowriter on all the songs.
She hasn’t disclosed much about the upcoming project, her third EP, but did say she was excited about adding her own writing voice to her singing voice in a recent interview.
Lauren again will work with producer Shay Watson, a Nashville songwriter, producer and artist who she met through a family friend. “We sent him a demo and four years later we’ve done two EPs and will be working on a third,” Lauren told The Iceman, a Rhode Island country radio personality, in January.
Shay Watson is producer for several of his own artists and has written songs for bands and solo performers alike. Among others, Sidewalk Prophets, Sonicflood, DC Talk’s (and Newsboys)’s Michael Tait and James Clay have recorded his songs, as has his own duo, “Watson & Nash.”
For Lauren’s first two projects – the self-titled debut EP in 2011 and “Home” in 2013 – Shay selected songs and studio musicians to showcase Lauren’s range. She also was a collaborator on “Christmas Extravaganza,” a 14-song collection featuring Shay Watson and Friends.
Multiple television shows and networks, including TBN, ESPN, NBC and Fox Sports, have used Shay’s music. The Young and the Restless featured the song “Now;” Nickelodeon’s Hollywood Heights used “Ready to Fall;” and Big Tips Texas on MTV used “Song Long.”
Prior to his career as a producer and solo artist, Shay was a member of Ten Mile Drive, a three-piece progressive acoustic group, from 2002-2005.
Lauren told The Iceman she hopes to start recording in late May.