Faced with a global pandemic while working on her third masters (an MFA in poetry at New York University), Lauryn Peacock found a way to record her third full-length. The result is a both in-your-face and often subtly beautiful and arty manifesto, Theology, and two irresistible, pop-infused singles to be released on a 7” called Quarantine Love. Much of this work was written during a summer in France pursuing her second masters, this one in theology (gender, sexuality, art, religion, and culture) at Vanderbilt’s liberal and social justice focused Divinity School. Peacock came to this with a deep concern over issues of racial and socioeconomic equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the distortion of religion in the unfortunate name of bigotry. The songs on Peacock’s forthcoming album and EP cover everything from environmentalism, gay conversion therapy, poverty and how well we (don’t) deal with it, love and breakups and relationships, and the human experience of lament and joy.
Lauryn Peacock is a storyteller, a creative writer, a poet — a writer’s writer and a musician’s musician. Peacock says, “Nashville, perhaps more than any other place, has made me appreciate the simple song form and increased my desire to communicate more clearly in my music.” She has been compared to both Laurie Anderson and Sara Bareilles. Peacock was born in Illinois and spent her childhood between the Chicago and San Francisco areas. She started her official journey into music at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, made waves in Philadelphia, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Peacock is known for her maverick keys, quick hand on the electric and acoustic guitar, her soaring yet intimate lilting vocals, and her heartfelt, sharp writing.