David Lanz

Since his recording debut on the Narada label in 1983, David Lanz has touched music lovers around the world with his beautiful, graceful melodies, tender sense of romance, and the emotional depth of his music.

Lanz was raised in Seattle, where he was greatly influenced by his first musical mentor – his mother. He says, “Mom used to play boogie-woogie on the piano. She also played Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole all the time, which was great stuff in that era because, after all, there was also the Ray Coniff Singers.”

Then came the 1960s – a wildly creative time that left a lasting mark on all popular music. “I lived through the psychedelic era and wrote thousands of pop songs,” he says. “I was really influenced by the great popmeisters of all time, the Beatles, and other English bands such as the Moody Blues and Procol Harum.”

Through the 1970s, Lanz played mostly solo gigs, taking the opportunity to explore jazz, blues, and classical music, and also worked occasionally as a sideman (he played keyboards on Terry Jacks’ AM radio hit Seasons in the Sun). Meanwhile, on his own time, he was developing his own highly personal music – and was surprised to find it was this music that people wanted hear most.

A friend had asked him to supply music for a seminar on chakras (the body’s spiritual energy  systems), and the enthusiastic response to his music was a revelation. “At first I thought, ‘I’ve been writing music for years and you want this?’” he recalls. “Finally I realized I had hit a chord, so I started following that path.”

It was the dawn of new age music’s surging popularity, and Lanz was perfectly positioned to lead the way. Collaborations with Paul Speer produced benchmark albums such as NATURAL STATES and DESERT VISION, leading to Lanz’ first solo album, HEARTSOUNDS. Five years later came his breakthrough album, CRISTOFORI’S DREAM, which was certified Gold in 1993 (signifying sales in excess of 500,000) and established Lanz as a premier performer of new age music – although he prefers to call his music “contemporary instrumental.”

Indeed, new age has come to mean so many things that Lanz pokes fun at the designation, claiming to be a SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) and terming his music “new and improved age” and “heavy mellow.” He works good-natured wisecracks into his concert presentation, using humor to put his audience at ease and draw them into the show. “I always enjoyed Victor Borge,” he says. “I don’t do his routine, but I am a little irreverent.”

Nevertheless, Lanz does not dismiss positive aspects of the new age phenomena.



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