Lisa LaRue

Base

Name

Lisa LaRue

Band Name

2KX

Music

Keyboardist, wearer of many hats for Lisa LaRue 2KX, progressive rock band.
5 solo albums, 1 album with Lisa LaRue Project 2K9 and 2 albums with Lisa LaRue 2KX, and 1 album with Federico Fantacone.

Also appears on tracks with:
Beyond the Labyrinth
Esquire (Nikki Squire)
David Mark Pearce
Quester
John “Yafke” Timothy
Head Transfer Process
Federico Fantacone
Steve Gresswell

And have worked, appeared, performed, recorded and collaborated with many musicians including:
John Payne (Asia)
Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists, Tina Turner, Elvis, and more!)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)
Michael Sadler (Saga)
Oliver Wakeman (Yes)
and many, many more!!

Lisa has been awarded:
Oklahoma Native American Artist of the Year (Payne County Line sponsored)

And nominated for
Native American Music Award (twice)
Los Angeles Music Awards (Instrumental Band of the Year)
Hollywood Music Awards (Instrumental song of the year)

Band Members

STEVE ADAMS – guitars
MIKE ALVAREZ, cellos
JOHN BAKER, vocals
MERRILL HALE, drums
LISA LaRUE, keyboards
DON SCHIFF, NS Stick

Special guests:
BRENDA K, violins
MICHAEL WHEELER, dilruba

Former guests:
John Payne – Vocals, bass, co-producer
Mitch Perry
Michael Sadler
Ryo Okumoto
Maxi Nil

Former Members:
Dave Schiff

Biography

She began playing keyboards as a small child, her grandmother noticing she was playing “These Boots are Made for Walkin'” the Nancy Sinatra hit, on her toy Magnus Chord organ. Later sought out by shopping malls and department malls as a young girl, she started writing her own songs and designing her own ‘album covers.’ This led and inspired her for her future careers, which also include graphic design.
Not only a fan of progressive music such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, Genesis, and others, the hometown boys Kansas played a big part in her influential years, as well.
Before setting out for a record contract, she collaborated with Gilli Smyth of “Gong” on a self-released ‘tape’ titled “Dreamscapes.” “Dreamscapes” was released by the U.S.-arm of Voiceprint, and soon after, she began label shopping for a longer-lasting deal.
A composer and keyboardist, LaRue became the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records label (SOAR) Natural Visions sublabel. Her debut release was titled “Beloved Tribal Women,” produced by Will Alexander (keyboard tech to Keith Emerson, Herbie Hancock, and many other great keyboard players). The CD also received accolades for being a first in combining art with music. The CD booklet featured 14 paintings by the most awarded female Native American artist in the world, Joan Hill. The idea was, “A picture paints a thousand words,” so naturally, the music was instrumental, letting the art inspire the listener. Since, she has released “Children’s Songs in the Cherokee Language,” “That Ol’ Sofkee Spoon,” “Ama,” “Transformation 2012,”  “World Class” released as Lisa LaRue Project 2K9, and “Fast and Blue” with 2KX.  She has also appeared on recordings by others, including Oliver Wakeman Band guitarist, David Mark Pearce (“Strange Ang3ls” album), and Esquire with Nikki Squire (“Stay Low”).

Discography

Keyboardist, wearer of many hats for Lisa LaRue 2KX, progressive rock band.
5 solo albums, 1 album with Lisa LaRue Project 2K9 and 2 albums with Lisa LaRue 2KX, and 1 album with Federico Fantacone.

Also appears on tracks with:
Beyond the Labyrinth
Esquire (Nikki Squire)
David Mark Pearce
Quester
John “Yafke” Timothy
Head Transfer Process
Federico Fantacone
Steve Gresswell

And have worked, appeared, performed, recorded and collaborated with many musicians including:
John Payne (Asia)
Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists, Tina Turner, Elvis, and more!)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)
Michael Sadler (Saga)
Oliver Wakeman (Yes)
and many, many more!!

Style of Music

Progressive rock, Neo-prog, Progressive AOR, Melodic Prog,

Record Label

Formerly: Sound of America (SOAR) Natural Visions sublabel, Figerwoven

Influences or Favorite Bands

Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, PFM, Triumvirat, Hatfield and the North, Caravan, movie scores like Camelot, Yes, ELP, old Marillion, Nektar, Pink Floyd, old Genesis, Gong

Country

USA

Location

Oklahoma and Los Angeles

Contact Info

info@lisalaruemusic.com

Birthdate

12/27

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