Walterboro native Lauren Rice Fitts to perform at Rice Festival | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 22, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm
All her life, Lauren Rice Fitts has loved music.
“I’ve been singing forever. When I was like 3, I was up in church singing,” she said. This year, she will bring her love of music back to her hometown of Walterboro to perform at the Rice Festival. She will perform her mix of mostly country, dotted with classic rock and top 40, on Saturday April 22 at 12:30 p.m. on the city hall main stage.
Fitts, who is the granddaughter of Chris and Margaret Hoats of Walterboro, grew up here before moving to the Charlotte, N.C., area with her parents, David and Donna Rice, just before she started high school.
She now lives in Pinehurst, N.C., with husband Tommy, who acts as her stage crew. “He’s talented and has an ear for music. He helps me out in the writing and playing departments,” she said. “He also goes and helps me set up. I couldn’t lift half the equipment without him.”
Fitts’ day job is working for a cardiologist, but she plays in various venues around Pinehurst on nights and weekends. “It (her job) is fun too, but not nearly as much fun as music. I just really catch my second wind when I get off my real job and get to go play music,” she said. And her music job has now become busier than her day job.
Her parents gave Fitts her first guitar for her 12th birthday while she was singing at a festival in Florida, “And I’ve been playing and singing and writing my own songs ever since. I just love it.”
She’s not made an official record yet, but that’s on her list for the next year or two. She did make a demo of songs she’s written in 2011, but wants to do something “more professional.”
And she’s really looking forward to coming back to Walterboro. “It’s been 2-3 years since I’ve been there,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. I’m trying to spread the word so I’ll get to see people I haven’t seen in years.”