Lori's mother was self trained five-octave singer and an accomplished musician. As a teenager, her mother had her own radio program and performed with her brothers as 'The Mountain Sweetheart'. At the age of twelve Lori was a self taught guitarist and songwriter. Her first paid performance was at the Belfry KY Power Company Theater singing "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Mule Skinner Blues". Starting MSB as solo accompanying herself on guitar, she was amazed, as unplanned, one by one musicians joined her on stage such as the King Family Bluegrass Band. With instrumental interludes, the song was extended for more than fifteen minutes and when finished, the crowd stood and roared. Lori Parker had turned 'professional' at age twelve, earning her first ten dollars. She became engrossed in songwriting and inspired by the music of current artists.
Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen, Gordon Lightfoot and the Eagles, Legends like Hank Williams, Chet Adkins, Bill Monroe, and Dolly Parton among many, many others, but, Lori admits her foremost inspiration derives from her family's fusion with music. In 197_ Lori made her first trip to Nashville where record producer Bill Walker, recognizing her talent signed her to a production deal which eventually led to single releases on the Con Brio label. From Country Ragtime to folk, ballads and pop music, Lori says, "I love singing. But I actually love the songwriting more than anything. To me, music is a perfect mixed-media of concepts and creativity." While Lori is no longer recording her own music she is still an active songwriter. "I enjoy songwriting because it allows me to share, awaken or revive a feeling… and just basically connect with people through my songs. The music usually leads the lyrics. I know I've done a good job when people enjoy the end result.
To make that happen I just have to let go and glide with the music. She now resides in Indiana. During her Con Brio years Lori had songs cut by Don King and Terri Hollowell as well as charting with her own "Steppin' Out Tonight" track. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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