LAUREN HALL (2013 Inductee)

Born in Almonte, Lauren is the youngest of Edmond and Theresa Gosset’s seven children. At an early age, her mother observed her love of music and dance and, at age eight, she began taking step dancing lessons, and she competed across Ontario for ten years. Singing, however, was her true gift and, at 17, she began entering talent contests and frequenting the country bars in Ottawa, hoping to meet someone who could open a door to the music business for her. That day came when Rae Palmer introduced her to her agent, and Lauren began her singing career as a soloist. In 1984, Ginette Porter was giving up her band to start a family, and Lauren stepped in to front this ready-made unit. The band didn’t last long, but Lauren continued her musical career, from solo to duo to trio to band, ever since.

One of the highlights of her career was her appearance, in 1987, on The Nashville Network’s "You Can Be A Star". Lauren has performed at many venues, everything from weddings to funerals to even a cattle auction in Douglas, Ontario, and has raised her son, Nicholas, with her music earnings along with many other odd jobs. Throughout the course of her career, Lauren has appeared with many local musicians and HOF members; among them, from her step dancing days, Bob Ranger, Reg Hill, Buster Brown, Donnie Gilchrist, Roma McMillan and Peter Dawson, and her singing days, Pauline Noland, Terry Carisse, Ralph Carlson, Howard Hayes, Andy Clarke, Neville Wells and Ron McMunn. In addition, Lauren performed as a background vocal in the HOF Band for many years. Today, Lauren can be seen and heard at many of the Army/Navy/Air Force Legions in Ottawa and the Valley as well as at Seniors’ residences.

The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame is proud to honor Lauren Hall as a 2013 inductee.


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