Lauren Spencer-Smith, viral Tik Tok star, has released the full version of her latest single, “Flowers.”
Famous for her emotional break-up ballads, the Canadian singer made the Top 20 on American Idol in 2020, but was cut before the Top 16. Her first viral hit “Fingers Crossed” released in November 2021 immediately racked up millions of views on social media.
The song’s success led to a record deal with Island/Republic records, and success on mainstream radio. Lauren now has a following of more than 3.5 million across her social media platforms.
Lauren shared with People magazine that “Fingers Crossed” and her new song “Flowers” shares similar themes about transitioning into a healthy relationship. “At first, it was so difficult,” she said. “I feel like nobody talks about how hard it is to get into a [new] relationship after you’ve been in a really toxic one because you just have to unlearn so many things.”
But the two songs are also markedly different. “‘Fingers Crossed’ was angry. ‘Flowers’ is sad,” she explained. The inspiration for the title came from the “trauma response” she said she had when her current boyfriend did nice things for her. She recalls crying when he brought her flowers, having only ever been given flowers with an apology.
“It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” she told People.
Lauren plans to release her debut album later this year. She told People that fans can expect the same kinds of “gut-wrenching” heartbreak songs that have become her hallmark. The album will be about how “difficult” it was for her to “get through those months of not being able to trust” in her new relationship.
But these days, Lauren pens sad songs from an emotionally contented place. “When you’re happy, you kind of look back and realize everything happened for a reason, especially when you make a song out of it and people connect with it. I’m like, I’m so glad that somebody absolutely destroyed me into pieces. It makes me feel better – that I have a career out of it.”