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Meet Lauren. Lauren is a Mocha Club intern/volunteer/family member. She is also the nanny for Addison Road when they are on tour. We thought it would be fun for you to get the inside view from someone who loves music, the road, Mocha Club, and Addison Road.

Here’s a quick introduction from Lauren:

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Hi!

3 things.

Who am I?

That’s a good question. I’m still figuring that one out, but I’ll tell you what I know for sure. I’m Lauren. I’m 21 and I love flowers, coffee, Nahsville, music, and Africa. I intern/volunteer/kind of work for Mocha Club when I’m not nannying… we’ll get to that in just a minute. Moving on…

Why Mocha Club?

Uh, why not? Right? But honestly, for me, it just fell into place. It was one hundred percent divinely orchestrated. I moved to Nashville 3 years ago to go to Belmont University, where through a series of events I met MC’s Artist Representative, Missy McElroy. I moved to Nashville to learn about the music business, and had always had an interest in Africa & missions, but after spending a lot of time with Missy and the MC team, it became a passion. I traveled to Africa a year and a half ago and it changed my life. Being at Mocha Club allows me to make my totally out there dreams of working to help Africa & also in the music business, somehow make complete sense.

Why Addison Road?

It’s really funny how this all fits together. I met Addison Road through an MC staff member because they’re one of our fabulous artists who work hard to sustain lives in Africa. When Addison Road was in the studio recording their most recent album, Stories, Jenny (lead singer) sent out a mass email asking if anyone knew a good babysitter in town to keep their little girl Anniston. Just so happens Missy went to college with Jenny and was on that list. I’m a babysitter/nanny and my name got passed along to Jenny. Ta-da! She called me 10 minutes later and asked me to come. Really, she bribed me with cupcakes, but it worked. That was in January, and now I’m on my second tour with them and they feel like family. They’re passionate people with huge hearts. I’m honored to work for them and call them my friends.

So, in a nutshell, that’s my story! I’m excited to be blogging about our tour adventures, so stay tuned for more inside scoop!

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Here are a few pics from the tour thus far:

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Addison Road guys playing around on the bus.

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Jenny grabbing a drink at Common Grounds in Waco, Texas.

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Baylor University loves Addison Road!

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More to come soon as Lauren heads across the nation with Addison Road and Mocha Club!

Mocha Club Members

Ashley
I was blessed with the opportunity to be part of the team that traveled to Ethiopia to work with the Women At Risk program and witness first hand all that MC is doing across the globe, but also, how it’s working here; how it’s working through me.  This world belongs to us.  We are the ones that determine what our cities and towns revolve around, what our society deems important.  Those who took a chance and made the move to make the difference, they have become my new-found inspiration and the “something” I want to be part of.  While I still may be only one, I too can inspire others as The Mocha Club has allowed me the opportunity to be inspired and has opened my eyes.
Ashley in Wisconsin
Travis
For the longest time, I’ve been trying to figure out just why I need Africa.  It seems like it should be so very simple.  I’ve been a Mocha Club member for years.  I interned and even went on a trip.  Then it finally hit me.  I spend almost 2 weeks seeing things that I would try to comprehend at home in my comfortable little life, but I could never really understand until I was face to face with them. I need Africa because Africa showed me a bigger reality than the one I thought I was living in.  I need Africa because Africa taught me how to dream big. Africa showed me that I too have a place in changing the world around me; it’s now up to me if I want to take it.
Travis in Tennessee