The Elle Word

Setting the tone for the BEST artist & talent experience!

Enjoying the music festival

The Founder's Story

Lauren Youngblood, Founder/CEO of The Elle Word, has been enamored by all things music since childhood. Born and raised in one of the most musical cities in the world, New Orleans, she grew up exercising her passion for song by singing in church and school choirs.

With a zeal for live music events, Lauren began her professional career in 2008 at the esteemed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Essence Music Festival of Culture. Since then, she has developed an extensive background in artist relations, talent management, festival operations, tour operations and a host of other services within the entertainment realm. Past projects include Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards, BET Awards, Ledisi "Wild Card" Tour and a host of other amazing opportunities.

Lauren launched The Elle Word in 2021 to consult on a variety of projects in the experiential and entertainment industry. She has developed relationships with record label executives, music venue managers, entertainers, and many entertainment professionals.

Our Services

Artist/Talent Relations

Once booking is confirmed and the contract is finalized, we manage all artist/talent needs prior to and leading up to the day of the event. We are the liaison between the event and the artist/talent.

Artist/Talent Management

We manage the business affairs for artists/talent. We manage their appearances, contracts, payments, scheduling, etc.

Festival Operations

We provide backstage management, credential management, volunteer management, artist hospitality, and talent movement.

Tour Operations

During the tenure of a tour, we travel with the artist, provide VIP Meet and Greet planning, execution, and artist merchandise operations.

Onsite Event Operations

We provide onsite support during load-in, event duration, and load-out. We will arrive to ensure that caterers, technical production teams, decorators, and all other parties are onsite and moving on time

The Elle Word In Action!

New Jack Swing Concert, Harlem, 2018

Lauren backstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as a backstage manager.

Culture Creator Awards 2021

Lauren wrapping up her time as a talent wrangler and volunteer manager!

Young musician

Essence Festival of Culture 2022

Melonie and Lauren on the last day of Essence Fest, wrapping up a fulfilling weekend as artist liaisons!

Wizkid Tottenham Stadium Show 2023

Lauren overlooking London’s Tottenham Stadium after Wizkid’s sold out show.

Get In Touch!

For inquiries, consultations, or general information please reach out to us at:


Crowd Watching Show Inside the Dark Stadium

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