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Lia Racanelli’s powerful range brings a new dynamic to a classic soul sound, while her smooth and soultry tone still resonates with nuances of old school R&B. Her music is raw and relatable and she prides herself in creating songs that are unfiltered and emotionally honest.
Lia describes her writing as a collection of defining moments, each of which are broken down and told in pieces through each song. She draws from her own life experiences, and believes that everything she has encountered has not only helped shape her as a person, but has influenced the memories that have now become a breeding ground for creative thought and the creation of her music.
Although she was born and raised in a small town, Lia was exposed at an early age to the world outside of Lynchburg, Virginia. Brought up by an Italian father from New York and a mother from the deep south, her parents showered her with artistic influences from both cultures and encouraged her to engage in all musical reference points from gospel to opera, and country to classic rock.
By the age of three Lia was picking out tunes on the piano by ear and playing them at small family gatherings. By age six, she was writing her own songs and putting them down on paper. And by 8 she was finding her way to the stage to perform any time the opportunity arose, and sometimes creating her own personal “stage” as long as someone was around to listen to her sing.
Throughout elementary school Lia spent time singing in church musicals and dabbling in local karaoke. Her interest in music grew throughout her pre-teen years and she continued to focus on learning her craft through formal piano instruction and by becoming an integral part of the school choral program.
By the time she reached high school, Lia was certain that she had found her passion in music. She became the lead singer of a local band called “Horizon” and cut her first CD with them at 15. But, her personal experiences throughout these four years permanently shaped Lia’s relationship with her music and laid the foundation for her as an artist.
Like many teens Lia faced the typical ups and downs of life, but she also hid a secret from her family and most of her peers. For over two years, she was involved in an abusive relationship. It was during this time, that Lia turned to music as her emotional release. It was the one way she was able to express herself while trying to keep her tumultuous relationship hidden. Music became the glue that held her together. She used writing as an outlet, as a way to work through the struggles of the abuse. And ultimately, when she left the relationship, she used music as part of her healing process. This allowed her to not only move past her troubles, but to feel empowered to help others in similar situations. Her ability to use music in this way only further validated her passion for music, and so began her music career.
After high school, Lia attended college at the University of Georgia where she achieved a degree in Journalism as well as a degree in Fine Arts. Throughout college Lia found many ways to express herself musically on and off campus including involvement in the Miss America Organization where she held three titles from 2011 to 2013. Lia was invited sing at a multitude of venues during her time as a title holder and was awarded the Francis Frazier Talent Award in 2011 as well as Top 10 placement at Miss Georgia in 2013. Her involvement in the organization gave Lia the opportunity to not only have a consistent public platform to speak and sing, but also inspired her spend time as an advocate against domestic violence. Lia held a benefit concert to raise money and household goods for the Project Safe House in Athens, Georgia. She also mentors teens involved in domestic violence situations, encouraging music as a therapeutic process.
Most recently Lia has been a part of the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. She dedicates her time as the Mistress of Ceremonies and has exercised her vocals as the opening vocalist for the 2012 Awards Ceremony and the 2013 Kickoff Party.
Lia recently moved from Dallas, Texas where she was a lead vocalist for The JamWows, a party band voted Top 5 on the 2013 Dallas A-List. She has worked for the past year writing and producing her original music. Her first EP was recently released and will soon be available on iTunes. She is now in Atlanta and singing with RumbleFish Blues Band.
Lia continues writing in the hopes of completing a full album in the future. She continues in her career with a bold sense of self, feisty determination, and music running through her veins.