CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry Shares Debut Solo Single "Are You Awake?"

It was co-written with Tobias Jesso Jr.

Photo: Scarlett Casciello

BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 1, 2023

As CHVRCHES go about celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album The Bones of What You Believe, vocalist Lauren Mayberry has shared her debut solo single.

"Are You Awake?" was co-written and produced with Tobias Jesso Jr. and Matthew Koma — the former of whom is, of course, a notable Canadian singer-songwriter who has written with Adele, HAIM, Sia, Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus and many more.

The song is a piano ballad that's a big departure from the synthpop CHVRCHES are known for. Mayberry said in a statement, "'Are You Awake?' is a song that started on a rainy day last December with Tobias Jesso Jr. I was thinking a lot about loneliness and homesickness, and as soon as Tobias started playing the chords, the lyrics and melody came to me really quickly. I finished the song with my friend Matthew Koma, who really understood what I was trying to say." 

Mayberry will be going on her first-ever solo tour in the coming weeks. This includes a run of US shows with Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service, plus a sold-out headlining show in Toronto. Scroll past "Are You Awake?" below to see her schedule.

Lauren Mayberry 2023 Tour Dates:

09/04 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09/05 Washington, DC - The Anthem *
09/06 Washington, DC - The Anthem *
09/08 Portland, ME - Cross Insurance Arena *
09/09 Kingston, RI - The Ryan Center *
09/10 New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl *
09/12 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall *
09/13 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall *
09/14 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
09/16 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/17 Brooklyn, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/18 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09/20 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
09/22 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
09/23 Urbana, IL - Pygmalion
09/25 Seattle, WA - Neumos
09/26 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09/28 San Francisco, CA - August Hall
09/29 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09/30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10/05 Glasgow, UK - SWG3
10/06 Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy 
10/08 Manchester, UK - Academy 2
10/09 London, UK - Koko
10/11 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Oz
10/12 Berlin, Germany - Lido
10/13 Munich, Germany - Strom
10/15 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
10/16 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
10/17 Prague, Czechia - Rock Cafe
10/19 Vienna, Australia - Flex
10/21 Zurich, Switzerland - Bogen F
10/22 Milan, Italy - Magnolia
10/24 Barcelona, Spain - La Nau
10/25 Madrid, Spain - Sala Capernico

* with Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service

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