Lauren Jauregui Says, 'Immigration is a Human Right': Interview

Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, 2017
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Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony attends Beautycon Festival NYC 2017 on May 20, 2017 in New York City.  

With <a href="/music/Fifth-Harmony">Fifth Harmony</a> announcing they are on hiatus, <a href="/music/Lauren-Jauregui">Lauren Jauregui</a> is kicking off her solo career by opening for <a href="/music/Halsey">Halsey</a> on the Latin American leg of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour. During the Argentina stop, Jauregui took some time to talk to Billboard Argentina about music and social causes close to her heart.

Speaking about Halsey, she shares, "We have a nice relationship, and it's important that two strong women get along very well in this industry." She speaks in skillful Spanish, but also warns: "Maybe I'll percolate some words in Spanglish." But her fluent Spanish throughout the conversation show her Latin roots. 

The singer is currently recording her solo debut album, and she's performing some of her new material during the Latin American tour. "The album is not finished yet," she shared. "I feel inspired and could write any song at any given moment."

Jauregui grew up listening to Latin music thanks to her father and grandfather's upbringing. "The vibe, the language and the rhythm (of Latin music) are seducing the whole world over," she said. "I think that has a lot to do with the culture. Latinos enjoy having fun, eating and dancing, and that lives on in their music."

The singer also uses the interview to speak about the topic of immigration in the United States, a cause she stands up for in her social media. "When Latinos come to America, they don't come to cause trouble, but to improve their lives, to give their sons a better future," she said. "This has nothing to do with the country they come from, but with their situation in that country. Immigration is a human right. If your surroundings are not suited for your family, you have to move".

Separate from the girl group, her solo career demands Jauregui plunge head on into her songs, a process she enjoys. "I work all day long with my producer in the studio," she shared. "It's really interesting, and it's a road to self-discovery. Now I know that to be an artist you don't have to limit yourself to a specific genre."

Jauregui said a song's message is its most important aspect, which is why she writes her lyrics so carefully. "Anyone could have his or her preferences, but for me the drive of a lyric is the story which emanates from your heart," she said.

Now that Fifth Harmony is over, how's your writing method?

Sometimes I write alone, sometimes I write with another two persons. I'm very picky about the people I write with because I need them to follow the line of what I want to talk about. But I enjoy the process of writing with other people, not only because I share my thoughts but because I learn and watch the other person looking for a song. I like the sounds as a starting point because they lead me to a melody and it determines the lyrics. But sometimes the lyrics appear before the melody.

In your social media, you seem very committed to social causes. How do you mix these feelings with dance music?

You can do both things in life. I mean, you can be very serious and contemplate what's going on in the world, no matter your age or where you live, and at the same time, you have the right to have a good time. It's important to know what's going on. We need to love each other and give love to everything which is around us. But you have to feel fine yourself in order to do that. I'm exploring just that in my lyrics, discovering day by day what I like and what I don't.

I'm not telling anybody how to think but to think for themselves. I live to motivate people to read, to investigate what's going on in their heads. But you shouldn't forget to have a good time too, to enjoy the life. Because it's wonderful to be alive, and that's another message I want to spread with my music. I want to give hope.