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Gladwyne PA 19035
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• Inspirational Speaker
• National Anthemnist
• Musical Performer (Solo/Band/Original Music/Covers)
Lauren Hart has an extraordinary story to share – a life jam-packed with the highest highs and the lowest lows, filled with wildly unique experiences. From her early days as a “rock star in training” in the south of France, to landing a major record deal with Columbia Records in Los Angeles, to losing her famous and beloved father, to only a few months later being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and with that diagnosis – losing her record deal, Lauren has known success and failure, joy and heartache. Today, she is an accomplished singer/songwriter, the adored National Anthemnist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, a television host and personality; a dynamic inspirational speaker, the wife of a coffee magnate and world-class adventurer, the mother of four adopted children from Ethiopia, a humanitarian, and a cancer survivor.
“You learn to live without boundaries, without plans. And as much as I was trying to plan what I might do next, I realized I couldn’t.”
The Flyers Legacy
Lauren is perhaps best known for her connection to the Philadelphia Flyers. The daughter of legendary National Hockey League Hall of Fame Announcer Gene Hart, known for 30 years as “The Voice of the Flyers,” Lauren sings the National Anthem before every Philadelphia Flyers home game. Since 1997, she has been “The Musical Voice of the Flyers,” beloved by hockey fans near and far. Her extraordinary interpretation of the National Anthem appears on the soundtrack of the Disney film “Miracle.”
Flyers fans, and Lauren’s fans, have seen her through the best and the worst of times. It was just before that first season singing for the Flyers that Lauren lost her dad, who she calls her “best friend in the whole world.” It was then that she dedicated herself to sing the National Anthem at every Flyers game that year – carring on her father’s tradition.
Only a few months after losing her dad, Lauren learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer with a 50-50 rate of survival. Her record label dropped her, she was without health insurance, she couldn’t get work. She was undergoing intensive cancer treatment. Yet, she showed up to sing the National Anthem at every single Flyers game.
“The fans didn’t care that I was bald and neither did the team. In fact, I was a warrior – the exact image you’d think of when you picture a toothless, banged-up hockey player. If I could go out there every night, so could they. I thought if I could just go out there 30 times and sing that minute and a half song, then I would still feel alive. And so I did. And in the process I connected to 20,000 people each night – some who had cancer themselves, who had a wife, a sister, a brother, a father, a mother, or a friend who was just like me. We would do this together. MIRACULOUS. Those fans will never know how much they healed me. The Flyers ended that year almost making their way back to the Stanley Cup finals. I remember the last game we played on our ice that year, and while the team lost, I won, because on the day of that very last game, I was told that I was in remission.”
Lauren is a peer counselor for cancer patients, and has served as the spokesperson for Penn Medicine’s cancer program at Kennedy Hospital. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Hospital Cancer Center, and is an honorary Board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Southern New Jersey Chapter. She has been honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with its prestigious “Person of the Year” Award, and named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Friends of the American Cancer Society.
“I had a new mission. I didn’t choose this one – it just happened. The mission to live well, to pave the way for others who will go down this road, to be an advocate for all those who just need someone to listen to them, to hug someone, to love someone, to comfort someone who may not get that second chance. To use my voice for an even higher purpose. And, to forgive myself for being human and not always getting what I wanted, how I planned it.”
Lauren’s philanthropic efforts extend beyond the medical community. She is extremely passionate about the charitable organizations she is committed to – the Gene Hart Memorial Fund, Echoes Foundation in Uganda, and Wide Horizons for Children.
The Music and More
Lauren has released six CDs featuring her own music, and is highly regarded for her introspective lyrics and soaring vocals. Her songs have been heard on numerous television series and soap operas. She performed at the Presidential Inauguration, where she shared the stage with Bill Clinton, and on the French Riviera, performing for such artists as Harry Belafonte and Frank Sinatra. She has appeared on the CBS Morning Show from New York City, and opened for Fiona Apple, Train and 10,000 Maniacs.
“When I lived in Monte Carlo, I met or sang with every big star imaginable including people like Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion and Diana Ross. One evening, I find myself singing on stage in front of not one but TWO James Bonds – Sean Connery and Roger Moore. And YES, they are both in white tuxes just as smooth as you would imagine they’d be. Get outta here! Is this my life? Sure it is, just like I planned it.”
In addition to her music, Lauren has enjoyed a successful career in broadcast television, serving as co-host of Philadelphia news and variety show, “NBC 10!,” and appearing regularly on the Comcast Sports Network. Her latest venture is in the world of documentary filmmaking. She scored and executive-produced the Race to the Bottom of the Earth, chronicling her husband Todd Carmichael’s record-setting solo trek across Antarctica. And she is currently writing all of the music for the second season of Todd’s reality television series, “Dangerous Grounds,” for the Travel Channel.
Lauren is an active member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and attends the Grammy Awards annually.
Marriage and Children
In 2005, Lauren married La Colombe founder Todd Carmichael on the Zambezi River in Africa, following a whirlwind romance. The couple has adopted four children from the country of Ethiopia, now ages 10, 7, 3 and 1.
“I am a wife and a mom of four kids who might not have reached their tenth birthday, but who are now bright shining examples of making the impossible possible. Four kids and I assure you this was not what I had planned. The greatest things that have ever happened to me have been unplanned.”
Todd and Lauren continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the children and families in Ethiopia and Uganda in the form of micro loans, family sponsorship, education and farming.
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