Lara Oshon is a singer, songwriter, painter and classically trained pianist originally from the Atlanta area. She discovered her visual and vocal gifts after moving to Los Angeles for graduate school, and her naturally skilled voice ranges from powerful and soulful to sweet and tender. Currently living in Athens, GA, she has performed and recorded with numerous top musicians in California and the Southeast, opened for Dar Williams on her album release tour, placed in the Top 25 of the Lilith Fair Atlanta competition, and was selected by Eddie Owen to participate in the well-known Songwriters Shootout at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. Devoted supporters from California to Australia fully funded her third album, Born to Shine, through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
With a smooth, classic sound reminiscent of Carole King and Roberta Flack, Lara Oshon draws comparisons to modern artists like Sara Bareilles and Sarah McLachlan. Her rich, warm voice and rhythmic piano stylings flow over lush drum beats, incorporating elements of folk, neo-soul, pop and indie rock. Lara currently performs with award-winning New Orleans drummer, Louis Romanos, who has toured extensively with renowned musicians in Europe, the Southeast, California and Hawaii. Louis recently recorded on an album with Keith Richards and John Mayer.
With the release of her fourth album, I Will Sing: Live at Sangha, Lara Oshon is launching a new groove. The new arrangements are intentionally spare, yet lush and intense. Known for her evocative, soulful performances, the additional bed of drum beats enhances the raw strength and primal power of her sound. The album delivers compelling groove-based acoustic arrangements, with songs committed to connecting the listener to their own heart.
Lara is passionate about the power of live music: “Music is a universal force. It’s a language that unifies us.” I Will Sing was recorded with a live audience inside an old church turned yoga studio - Sangha Yoga Studio - and the acoustics are stellar. “The word Sangha means ‘community’ in Sanskrit,” Lara said, “and these songs are meant to create connection - to our own hearts and to each other. In a live show, there’s a heightened sense of relationship between singer and audience. It’s intimate, authentic, unforgettable. That’s what my music is about.” I Will Sing is the second time she has produced a live album since moving to Athens from Los Angeles.
Lara said she’s excited to continue experimenting in new directions. “My life always surprises me. It’s an amazing adventure.” An eternally curious free spirit, Lara has been a Spanish interpreter, a basketball player in Australia, an urban teaching assistant, a web designer, a PR consultant and a children’s social worker. She didn’t expect to dedicate her life to performance, but says “the creative force just took me over. I sing because my soul demands it.”
“I’ve discovered that nothing brings me greater joy than connecting with people through music. Music has been a healing, guiding force for my entire life. What I most want is for my sound to truly benefit others.”
“The soul is here for its own joy." Rumi
"Sing the song of your heart. Let no one distract you from your song." Nicky Hamid