Being chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition is just one of the highlights of Dana Lauren's rising career.

Her latest CD “It’s You Or No One"(2010) has received rave reviews from some of the top jazz publications in the country. It brings together a stellar group of musicians including Joel Frahm on tenor sax, Manuel Valera on piano, Will Graefe on guitar, Luques Curtis on bass and Jake Goldbas on drums. The extraordinary Christian McBride joins her for a bass/voice duo of “On the Sunny Side of the Street".
"Lauren is, at the tender age of 21, a true jazz stylist." - Jazz Times

A chance meeting with Arturo Sandoval at the 2006 Newport Jazz Festival provided Dana with opportunities that any young performer could only dream about. In July 2007 Dana recorded her first CD titled “Stairway to the Stars" produced by and featuring Mr. Sandoval. Dana has had the honor of sharing the stage with Mr. Sandoval at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Birdland, The Blue Note and Iridium in NYC and Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston.
"She don't push, don't pretend. She feels like a natural singer." -Arturo Sandoval - Miami Herald

In June 2009 the Dana Lauren Sextet was one of four groups chosen to participate in the JAS Summer Academy at the Aspen Jazz Festival. The Academy is the Nation’s only full scholarship summer jazz program and is led by bassist, Christian McBride.