Laren England will rock a bold, Kate Spade ensemble as she walks the American Music Awards’ red carpet this weekend. The 16 year-old from Dorchester— who performs as Laren Taylor— is still a junior in high school, but she’s poised for a big break in her musical career.
While growing up in the neighborhood, England listened to music of all genres with her parents; learning the lyrics came naturally to her. Jen England first recognized her daughter’s talent when she belted out the lyrics to a pop song during a car ride.
“I thought to myself, ‘Oh my gosh! Where did that voice come from?’” she said.
England’s family supports her musical talent. As a junior at Boston Arts Academy—the city’s first and only public high school dedicated to the visual and performing arts—England takes courses in math, science, history, and literature, while studying music and voice through the school’s arts programming.
“All of our teachers are artistic,” England said. “They incorporate our artistic interests into our schoolwork, which makes it even more interesting.”
From singing the national anthem at Red Sox and Celtics games, to releasing music on Spotify, England works hard to transform her dream into reality. Throughout the fall, England has been recording pop and R&B tracks with Los Angeles based music producer Bobby J. Frausto. In addition to recording with Bobby J, England works with music engineers like Christopher “Tito” Trujillo, who has worked with Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande, and engineered Grande’s Grammy-nominated album, Dangerous Woman.
“My favorite part about singing is getting on stage and performing for people,” England said. “I hope I can inspire people through my music.”
After the up-and-coming artist was invited to walk the AMA’s red carpet, Kate Spade on Newbury Street offered to dress England for the event. Known for its playfully sophisticated apparel and accessories, the Kate Spade brand resonates with England’s personal style and musical sound.
“I love their bright, fun colors,” she said. “I’m excited to wear something out-of-the-box.”
England and her mother will fly out to Los Angeles on Wednesday, where the vocalist will begin shooting a music video with Bobby J’s team. On Sunday, England will walk the red carpet with world-famous musicians.
“I am excited and hope I can make my voice known,” she said.