The Malone University Student Activities Council welcomes singer-songwriter Lara Landon to the next in its popular Kawfee Haus and Concert Series Tuesday, October 11 at 9 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. Free admission to Malone University students with a valid ID; $5 general admission at the door.
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Lara Landon is a singer/songwriter/pianist whose goal and purpose in life and in music are one: to illuminate the truth through story and song and to serve the poorest of the poor.
Music knocked on Lara's door at the age of 9 when a chance audition led her to receive the leading role in "Annie". She then pursued a path of intense musical training, years of musical theater, and playing at every coffee shop, mall, church, and theme park that would allow her to perform.
At the age of 19 with a simple 3 song demo of the first songs she'd penned in hand, Lara moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. After two years of playing writer's rounds, open mic nights and unabashedly contacting managers and record labels, she scored a record deal and recorded her first full length album of her original songs with Grammy Award winning producer Michael Omartian.
Lara's next musical endeavor was creating a 5 song EP entitled Love/Majestic. For the project she collaborated with Jar's of Clay producer Mitch Dane. The stylistic difference is clearly more raw, almost bordering on folk rock in contrast to the orchestral pop of her debut album Beloved. The EP however does stay true to her honest approach to lyric writing and story telling. "I See God In You" is the standout track that shows Landon is continuing to hone her craft of song writing.
As the momentum was growing on the music front, Lara turned her sights to her calling to serve the poorest of the poor and together with her sister founded a non-profit called New Reality International. NRI has since provided medical and dental care to over 3,000 patients in Haiti and Guatemala.
To raise money and awareness for the plight of Haiti, Landon recorded the song "Look Up" to be included on the compilation album "Haiti... Unto The Least of These." The album continues to keep the focus on the desperate situation in Haiti and serves as an anthem of hope and encouragement to all listeners.
While working with Grammy and Dove award winning producers such as Michael Omartian and Jason Ingram, releasing an acclaimed debut album in 2009 and being called "Christian music’s most promising new artist" are indeed accolades worth noting, Lara maintains that her music and calling to serve the poor and continue to illuminate the darkness through her songwriting is her ultimate goal and motivation."