Loren was born in the small town of Sitka, Alaska, where she made her performing debut at the age of ten at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
When she was thirteen, she moved with her family to Oregon. She grew up listening to her mother's record collection, developing a fondness for Etta James, Patsy Cline, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and the Great American Songbook. After high school, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for a year to learn songwriting. When she returned home, she went to college and studied art and graphic design. To help pay for school, she continued singing professionally, which she had been doing since the age of fourteen. She got a degree in visual arts and has designed artwork for her albums. She released her first album, First Circle, in 2006.
Two years later she joined the Sugar Beets, a local band in Eugene, Oregon. In 2012 she performed with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and her touring band (Matt Treder, Mark Schneider, Brian West, and William Seiji Marsh)