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Updates

Hello friends! 
I wanted to send you an update on our lives out here in Los Angeles. It has been a pretty exciting past few weeks! Bryan and I have had several meetings with industry friends and are starting to develop a plan.  

We have a Bryan & Lola show booked south of LA at a cute wine bar in Costa Mesa.   Also very excited to announce Lola shows at The Hotel Cafe and The Mint, two of the most notable original music venues in LA.   
I had my first studio session gig: singing in a quartet on a major motion picture trailer.  I have also been singing on Sunday's at churches in Los Feliz and Malibu.  Loving the weather and scenery here in California, but we definitely miss our hometown!  

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Moving!

I have some BIG NEWS to share with you all today. As many of you know, I've been spending a lot of time in California these past 3 years. Each experience has brought many positive connections and hope for continuing a successful career in the music industry. I keep getting signs that this is the right direction for me to go. After much discussion with my amazing incredibly supportive husband, Bryan, we have officially decided to move to Los Angeles in January. Although I am nervous and sad about leaving my family, friends and the city I love, I am also extremely excited about what the future has to offer. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and thank you for all of the support you all have given me these past years.

 

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Inspiration

Music is more than just melodies and chords. More than just words formed together into pretty phrases.  More than just a groove you can dance to.  More than a way to pass the time. More than entertainment. 

 

Music is love.  Music is expressing love. Giving love.  Sharing love. 

Music connects us in ways we cannot understand. And moves us to places we never knew.

Music can bring us to our knees in awe. And set us free.

 

Tonight I learned that what I do is worth so much more than what I ever thought.  I am forever grateful. 

Thank you. <3

 

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Songwriting

I am very excited for this weekend! I will be competing in the Wildflower! Songwriting Contest in Richardson, Texas.  This is my first singer-songwriter competition so I am a bit nervous, but truly looking forward to meeting some new friends.  I put together a small album of all original solo piano and voice tunes which I will be releasing slowly online over the summer.  It will be sold as an exclusive EP at the festival this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Check out the blog below for more info and a nice review on my music:

http://wildflowerfestival.blogspot.com/2015/05/lola-toben-heartstring-lyrics-to-feel.html

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Jazz!

After being out of college for almost 2 years, I finally decided to do something with my jazz education.  Of course I have been using the skills I learned in school in all different areas of my musical life up to this point, but I wanted to do something strictly jazz.  So I decided to enter into a few vocal jazz competitions this year.  After much research and arranging, we got into the studio last night to record the tracks I plan on entering.  Listening back this morning, I am very happy with how they turned out!   It feels good to get back into the jazz style.  I plan on doing more with this side of my voice in the near future (be on the lookout for some swingin' shows!)  As far as the competitions go, I won't be finding out any answers until May.   Wish me luck! 

 

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Getting Started

I've realized that I have too many interests... I cannot be constrained by just ONE box- I am a producer and arranger, but also a Christian singer.  I am a songwriter and composer, but also a music teacher. I am a wedding singer and accompanist, but also a jazz artist.  

I am Lola. 

And so I decided to start my own website to put all of the pieces of me into one place.  

Thanks for visiting. 

 

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