Music has long been present in the life of Lauren Price Napier. Growing up, she learned to sing duet-style harmony with her twin sister, Leanna, by listening to their parents sing together. Although Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments as children, it wasn’t until they attended a few workshops and festivals in their mid-high school years that they began to take a strong interest in bluegrass music. Lauren is a 2017 graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Traditional Music and a minor in Business Administration. She holds the role of co-founder, mandolinist, and vocalist with The Price Sisters band – most of her professional work in the music industry comes from within that position. While still in college, Lauren and Leanna signed with Rebel Records, released an EP, and subsequently began touring as The Price Sisters. The Sisters’ released their first full-length album for Rebel, “A Heart Never Knows,” in spring of 2018. Fronted by Lauren and Leanna, The Price Sisters five-piece band to-date has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
In 2016, 2017, and 2020 Lauren was among those instructing at the Monroe Mandolin Camp and MMC’s “Mini Mon Camp.” She has taught classes at Bean Blossom Bluegrass Bootcamp, the Bobby Osborne Mandolin Roundup, and at various festivals where The Price Sisters have performed. Lauren, along with her sister Leanna, has worked as an artist-in-residence with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum and in June of 2019, was featured for an interview on Mandolin Cafe. Lauren was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year and IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year for 2020, in addition to The Price Sisters’ band nomination for Momentum Band of the Year in 2019. Lauren was also selected as a class member for IBMA’s 2020 Leadership Bluegrass Program. When she’s not on the road performing, Lauren teaches skype, in-person, and private instrumental lessons for children and adults. Since the pandemic, Lauren has taught and created content for several virtual mandolin workshops/lessons for outlets including the Monroe Mandolin Camp, The Isolationist’s Guide to Mandolin, Noya Mountain Music, Davis and Elkins College Augusta Heritage Center’s Winter Sessions, the Handmade Music School, and the Louisville Folk School.