Lana Grant, a singer/songwriter on an inspiration mission. Her music is strewn with life lessons & philosophical interpretations! Lana has just launched her fourth CD entitled Non-Fiction.
This much-anticipated contemporary pop offering is a project Lana is very proud of. Non-Fiction is a collection of songs based on real situations, drawn from Lana’s own life journey as well as inspiring and touching stories from fans and friends she has turned into beautiful music.
Besides the powerful duet “Aftermath” she shares with Dave Carroll (of “United Breaks Guitar” fame), a fan wrote to Lana about her battle with breast cancer, and from that painful, yet powerful journey the song Time was born. Another song, called Dash, was written as a tribute to a Halifax Police Special Constable, who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2008.
Lana has been crafting her professional music career as a singer/songwriter since 1995. During that time Lana released three CD’s, Lana Grant - self titled (1996), Tired of Talkin’ (1999) and Hovering Above (2004). Tired of Talkin’, saw the national release of two singles, Pieces and Tired of Talkin’. Pieces turned out to be a highly successful chart topper that brought Lana a large amount of publicity.
After taking a break from music, Lana is now back with an even stronger desire to write, perform, inspire, motivate and connect with others, in the hopes of creating positive change and awareness through her music and writing.
How do you describe your music to people?
My music is full of life lessons and philisophical interpretations...soul-stories wraped in music that you don't want to turn off! My music builds a trust with the listener because of the truths and honesty it shares...but it's important to pair the depth of the lyrics with music that is also current in style and fresh in pop driven presentation. The connection of the two often catches people of guard!
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started with music very young...playing in school bands (clarinet), choirs and eventally taking private vocal (opera and classical) lessons. This training and encouragement from great friends led me to make a 6 song EP, which really made me recognize my personal and professional passion for music.
I then I went on to record 3 more CD's, with my latest "Non Fiction" having just "officially" launched this month. I have co-written every song on the last 3 CD's and have been there through the entire recording process as an executive producer.
My desire now, as I have grown with my music, is to find a way to help bring people's stories to life and offer answers where people think there are none...to offer healing, when the answers don't help, and to find a way to give back on so many levels with my music.
With my latest CD "Non Fiction" I've also decided to donate $2 from each hard copy CD sold to the Red Cross.
So the past helped shape me, but "now" is where I sit in the moment and appreciate all that happens to me on a daily basis...and the future, well I hope it continues to allow me to bring my music to others in a way that creates something positve in the world.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
To sing of course....to write beautiful stories and bring them to life with music. To affect people and make a difference in the lives of others.
But, besides the music, I am a pretty awesome cook and I love Moksha hot yoga and I have a clothes/shoe shopping addiction!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time...especially with social media, there are so many ways to connect with people and I spend a great deal of time doing just that, but sometimes it's easy to loose track of available time, and then you find you miss too much sleep trying to catch up. As an Indie Artist, you also take on alot of roles, which makes the availability of time all the more important!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I knew I was going to be a singer...I remember writing a grade school written exercise at a pretty young age when the question was posed to us. I wrote without hesitation that I wanted to be a "famous singer"....funny how life shows us the way from very early on and if we pay attention to it, than we are allowing our destiny to work through ourselves and it can have such a positive affect on your life!
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I come from the Eact Coast of Canada....the whole community/provinces recognize the impact of music and celebrate artists. The talent around these parts keeps you working hard to keep up to the superior standard we have crafted along the way. The fans are loyal and loving here!!
What other artists out there do you love?
Love Steve Nicks, Rob Thomas, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Tracey Chapman, Sade, plus so many more! They have all impacted me along the journey of my music career. Very grateful for their talents.
What does your future hold?
More touring, more story connections with fans, being able to put even more time to the music. I just see beautiful and new opportunities surrounding me everyday!