Lani Richards | The Moment

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The Moment

by Lani Richards

Upstate New Yorker Lani Richards plays a sweet brand of modern folk rock, serving up a haunting hybrid of folk, pop, rock, blues and jazz...
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. the moment
4:34 album only
2. ghost
3:37 album only
3. almost gone
3:34 album only
4. return to me
2:18 album only
5. don't go down
2:38 album only
6. homework
2:19 album only
7. light in the dark/on the edge
5:31 album only
8. goin' shopping
3:20 album only
9. running with a flyer
3:07 album only
10. talk to me
2:47 album only
11. at the beach
3:15 album only
12. is it
1:55 album only


Album Notes
The Moment is when you first hear the voice. Rich and seasoned, yet delicate, always inviting you to come closer. This is the voice of experiences shared, and an invitation to share in the future. This is Lani Richards, and her Moment is now.

Her musical background is rich in influences from family and music history. Lani was first touched by music at age 6 when she started playing her piano at home for her musical mom. Later, the desire to translate her skills took hold on the guitar, where it found the perfect counterpoint to her developing vocal ability.

Along the way, she pointed to variety as her guide: finding possibilities in Ella's voice as easily as Joni Mitchell, Emmy Lou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. Throughout her experimentation with a variety of stylings, one thing remained constant: a discerning ear for high quality, and an uncompromising demand of herself to achieve it in her personal performance, and that of those who share the stage with her.

So the zest for variety and the quest for quality can take one down some unexpected roads. Fronting jazz bands, 60s retro and pop ensembles and then total immersion in the joys of parenthood. But those with the clarity of vision and mission never give it up.

It takes awhile for some to get where they need to go, but a lucky few are able to distill from the process of progress and make a greater statement as a result. The result is Lani Richards' live performances, both as a soloist, an ensemble artist and as a member of "Female Songwriters You Wanna Hear", a collegial collective of singer/songwriters that collaborate and harmonize on each other's original melodies. Lani's debut CD "The Moment" evidences another result. The CD features a sampling of the best around. Recorded at the nationally recognized Cotton Hill studio and produced by Lani, it features a fine array of musicians: Dan Sampson on bass, Art Bernstein on drums and percussion, Rob Turchick on keyboard, Chuck D'Aloia on lead guitar, Beth Chinery on flute and piccolo, and Rick Surrano on harmonica. In addition to the vocals, Lani performs on both rhythm guitar and mandolin.

Lani's voice has stayed clear and strong while navigating the challenges of a career, a family, and a thousand reasons to get derailed from the goal of sharing her music with her audience. And it will be that clarity, and dedication to quality throughout that will continue to keep Lani focused and poised for a dynamic future.



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Nancy Walker

This first CD by one of the capital district's finest songwriters is a sonic delight on many levels. Some
parts mystery, other parts transformation, the listener can easily move from song to song and remain in the "moment."