Lauren Mayberry is a Scottish singer, songwriter, writer, journalist, and social activist. She is best known as the frontwoman of the Scottish synth-pop group CHVRCHES. She also plays drums and keyboard.
Mayberry was born on October 7th, 1987, in Glasgow, Scotland. She’s been involved with music from a very young age, having played the piano since she was a child and learning the drums when she was a teenager. She went on to complete a four-year degree in journalism at the University of Strathclyde. After graduating, she began working as a freelance journalist and production runner.
Before joining CHVRCHES, Mayberry was in two different local bands, Boyfriend/Girlfriend, and Blue Sky Archives. While with Blue Sky Archives, Mayberry covered Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In The Name” which was released as a single.
Mayberry collaborated on a few tracks with future CHVRCHES bandmate Iain Cook while a part of Blue Sky Archives. Cook told her about a project he was working on with friend Martin Doherty and asked Mayberry to sing on some of the songs. This project would turn into CHVRCHES and the rest is history.
CHVRCHES has released three albums since their formation, The Bones Of What Your Believe, Every Open Eye, and Love Is Dead. Mayberry eventually moved from Scotland to the United States and currently resides in Brooklyn. As of 2016, she had begun dating actor Justin Long.
In addition to being an accomplished musician, Mayberry is also a social advocate and ardent feminist. She formed TCI, a feminist collective in Glasgow and is still very vocal in her defensive of feminist beliefs.
Look for Mayberry and CHVRCHES to keep blowing up the airwaves because things are only looking up for them.