Featuring Gilli Smyth, John Payne, Michael Sadler and Others
Recently signed to Melodic Revolution Records, keybordist & composer Lisa LaRue is set to release her new album Origins in April 2018! A double album celebrating 25 years and 11 releases by LaRue, Origins features some of the best musicians in the business: John Payne Asia, GPS), Michael Sadler (Saga), Mitch Perry (Talas, Aerosmith), Gilli Smyth (Gong), Don Schiff (Rocket Scientist, Kracked Earth), Federico Fantacone (Orchestre Celesti) John Baker (Forever Twelve, Mars Hollow) as well as Steve Adams, Brenda K, Michael Wheeler, Merrill Hale, Svetlan Raket (Par Lindh Project), John Yafke Timothy, Michael Alvarez.
Says Lisa, "The title takes it back to where it all started. Finishing a career, where one started. The photo on the back of the CD was taken on Burnett's Mound, an infamous site in Topeka, Kansas where I grew up, and where the photo of 'Kansas' was taken on the back of their first album. They were very influential and inspirational to me as a young keyboardist/musician growing up in Topeka. The Sunflower on the front represents my origins in Topeka, as well."
Lisa LaRue became the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records label (SOAR) a sub label of Natural Visions, the first all-Native American record label founded by Grammy Winner and Motown producer Tom Bee. In 2008 Lisa was nominated for a Hollywood Music Award and was also awarded The Oklahoma Music Award for Native American Artist of the Year. Her band 2KX was Nominated as Instrumental Band of the Year in 2011 by the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Lisa has also appeared on recordings by others, including Head Transfer Process (Stargazer), Esquire with Nikki Squire (Stay Low), Don Schiff, Ryo Okumoto, Oliver Wakeman, Steve Gresswell, Quester and Beyond the Labyrinth.
The songs on Origins were written and recorded over 25 years. Some in a small recording studio in Tahlequah, OK over a year's time with John Yakfe Timothy, and some in Los Angeles working extensively with John Payne as a co-producer, mixing engineer, bassist and vocalist. Also certain songs were known as some of the first prog projects done via internet transfer, and finalizes with Sussuration and Lemniscate, completely produced and mixed by LaRue.
Says Lisa, "This album is extremely important - it's important to me, as it represents 25 years of my life, and some of the best work I've done with some of the best friends in the world. It's important because it represents the unity and bringing together of many musicians, big and small, through the universal language, music. Lastly, it's important to fans, as it represents some of the obscure work of many top-notch artists that they may not have in their collection. Melodic Revolution and Nick Katona have always been known for bringing artists together, so there is no better label to showcase this 25 year effort."