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A California native, singer/songwriter Lara Landon moved to Nashville in her late teens, where she studied music at Belmont University's acclaimed School of Music. Upon graduation, the songstress signed with newly formed Nashville-based label Bema Media, launched by industry veteran and Essential Records founder Robert Beeson. She released her national debut project, Beloved, in September of 2009 to critical and commercial success. The project featured an all-star line-up, including production by GRAMMY Award-winning talent Michael Omartian (Amy Grant, Chicago, Rod Stewart, The Jackson’s, Whitney Houston) and co-writes with Omartian, five-time SESAC Christian music Songwriter of the Year Jason Ingram as well as Dove Award-winning artist Plumb, among others. Beloved turned out the popular radio single "Closer," which was No. 1 on the Family Life Radio network, and afforded Landon touring opportunities across the country.
In addition to her music ministry, Landon serves as co-founder of non-profit organization New Reality International, which seeks to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing to those suffering from extreme poverty, disease and injustice worldwide (www.newrealityinternational.org). She is also a featured speaker and artist for KINDLE, a special Christian music and leadership experience that inspires women from every generation to come together to celebrate their talents, prepare for service and faithfully live out The Great Commission.
Landon's latest project is sophomore studio record Overcome, to release May 1, 2012. Co-produced by Landon, in cooperation with Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), Steve Wilson (Josh Wilson, Johnny Diaz) and Brian Hitt (MIKESCHAIR) on select tracks, Overcome showcases an eclectic yet cohesive pallet of lush arrangements and melodic, piano-driven pop, venturing into the folk realm but ultimately more reminiscent of fellow female innovators Imogen Heap, Plumb and Kate Bush.
If you want to know about me, listen to my music- I've written about what's on my heart. My songs are me.
I began writing when I was a teenager as a sort of therapy- I mimicked the musical style of all the artists I loved and looked up to ranging from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to pop singers like Celine Dion (guilty pleasure) and Sheryl Crow. The lyrics that emerged from my journals seemed to all focus around the thing that was on my mind: God and what my relationship to Him was- I also seemed to be writing songs for the underdog- messages of encouragement because I felt like that was me.
I moved to Nashville when I was 19 and ended up writing a song called "Beloved" that has basically defined who I am. The lyrics say "I'm His Beloved and He's mine. Nothing can separate- no space no time. No death, no life, no person, no power- so strong is the love of my Heavenly Father- I'm His Beloved".
If I didn't realize this, if God didn't draw me to Himself I would probably still be writing and singing, but it wouldn't be nearly what it is now that I do it with this perspective. I do it for Him and to reveal Him to people. That is why music is so satisfying to me. I'm so grateful I get to play music and for such a great purpose.
I'd love to hear from you- one of the things I love about music is that it connects me with so many people. I don't consider people who like my music "fans" but truly friends.
Love, peace and blessings