Lauren Michelle Jauregui Morgado (born June 27, 1996) 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 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 EP Prelude, was released in November 2021.
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 three siblings, 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.
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
Not really my genre, but you have admire her, ah, ambitions.
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