Singer Lauren Henderson ’09 featured in Patriot Ledger

Jazz vocalist Lauren Henderson ’09 is pictured during a visit to campus.

Lauren Henderson ’09, who has released nine albums, returned to New England in February as a headliner at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. Ahead of the event, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) profiled her in the article “Jazz singer, a Wheaton College alum, to make long-awaited Boston-area return this month.”

In the article Henderson expressed the joy she gets out of touring and performing, including the March tour dates in Europe that were on her schedule.

“I’m doing three stops in Germany to start, and then heading to Italy,” she told writer Jay Miller. “I’m very excited because I have musical friends in both countries. Being bilingual is something those European audiences really appreciate. Jazz is an American art form, but when I can sing in Spanish, it gives me another way to communicate, and, of course, I speak Italian, so that helps tremendously, too. All those European countries love to hear the ‘classic’ American standards. When I sang ‘Bésame Mucho’ in Spanish on my last European tour, I had the entire audience singing along with me.”

She has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Norway, Russia, Czechia, Slovakia, Mexico and South Africa. TIDAL, a global music streaming platform, has named Henderson on its “Jazz: Artists to Watch 2024” list.