All About LaLa
Influenced by her parents’ love of the crooners and the lush harmonies of the Andrew Sisters and McGuire Sisters, as well as her own addiction to rock 'n' roll of the 70s and 80s, and a later-blooming love for the story-song prose of country music, it's no wonder LaLa’s songwriting has forayed into so many genres.
LaLa's love for music became apparent to her mother when she noticed her toddler had a keen ear for melodies and harmonies. That love for music led to LaLa's participation in symphonic, orchestral, jazz and marching bands playing clarinet, flute & saxophone, as well as choirs, ensembles, show choirs and musical theater, and ultimately took her to Nashville at the age of 18 to attend the prestigious music school, Belmont University. While at Belmont she acquired a degree in Music Business and sang in various groups, bands and quartets, including one of Belmont’s most revered vocal groups, Jazzmin.
After graduating, LaLa had a successful career in journalism, dabbled in modeling, worked part-time as a session singer and enjoyed acting and doing voiceovers in film, tv and radio, but couldn't avoid the calling back to her first love… music.
Armed with a dream and some original songs, LaLa began recording her pop/country EP, Dare, released in 2016, and has continued to write and release both pop and country singles, all the while honing her big band jazz songwriting and arranging chops.
In 2019, LaLa released her sophomore album, an industry-praised, all-original, 1940s-style big band Christmas album, Christmassing: New Classics for the Old Soul.
In 2018, LaLa made her Grand Ole Opry debut performing with TV star and co-writer Charles Esten, (Nashville, Outer Banks, Whose Line is It Anyway) and has returned to perform on the Opry stage several times since. In 2019, she was nominated for Australia’s Golden Guitar Award for “Traditional Country Album of the Year” by artist Angus Gill, on which she had the title track, Welcome to My Heart. In 2020, LaLa released a patriotic single that went viral on social media, garnering more than 2.5 million views.
LaLa's music has been featured in film and TV and her songs have been recorded and performed by more than 30 artists across multiple genres. She has won multiple awards in both the NSAI Songwriters Contest and the Wake Up Nashville Songwriters Contest, in which she placed two years in a row, taking the win in her second year. Her music has been included in New York Times Bestselling author Mitch Albom's (Tuesdays with Morrie) Spotify playlist as well as on the website of world-renowned Law of Attraction author and speaker, Bob Proctor.
LaLa has played everywhere from Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café to LA’s Molly Malone’s and House of Blues, as well as songwriters’ festivals and writers’ nights all over the US and abroad.
Lala is currently in the studio recording a new single, as well as writing and arranging for her new group, JaLaJeRu, a jazz vocal quartet that recently recorded one of her original songs, Gentleman Jack. When she's not making her own music, you can find her doing session work, touring and singing gigs with other artists.
“Music has always been a huge part of my life for as far back as I can remember. I’ve been singing since I was 2." - LaLa
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