Lisa LaRue grew up in Topeka, Kansas, but now resides in her native Oklahoma.
She is a tribal member of the federally-recognized
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma,
where she also serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
She began playing keyboards as a small child,
her grandmother noticing she was playing
“These Boots are Made for Walkin’” on her Magnus Chord organ.
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 career.
A composer and keyboardist, LaRue became the first female artist signed
to the Sound of American Records label (SOAR0 Natural Visions sublabel.
Lisa Larue’s Transformation 2012
The disc is themed around the Mayan prophecy of the transition
into a new world age on December 21, 2012.
“Many people speak of the prophecy as ‘doom and gloom’ the end of the world.
But the Mayan elders teach it is a time for transformation.
A time for things to change for the better,” said LaRue.
The CD includes guest appearances from up and coming artists such as electric violinist James Sudakow and Kerri Lake, as well as seasoned veterans such as Tommy Zvoncheck (former Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist)
and John Payne (“Asia” – featuring John Payne). Payne provides the vocals on the single from the CD, “Save Me.”
“No other voice could have conveyed the feelings of this song than John Payne,” LaRue said. “The song is about going through all of the tribulations we see our world entering everyday on the news, but with the help of a good friend, a significant other, or even a trusted pet, we can get through it all just fine.”
Thousand of SAGA fans have all been asking themselves the exact same question:
how will the band sound after vocalist Michael Sadler’s departure?
On their latest album the band has kept a fresh aproach on their excisting sound.
Virtuoso solo passages with intelligent arrangements. And of course progressive rock
that rocks your socks off.
“The Human Condition” is 100 % Saga.
In the fall of 2007 founding member Michael Sadler made his departure
in a amicable seperation. Sadler’s departure from the band never called
the existence of the group in question.
They immediately started a global search for a new frontman.
In 2008 they came across Rob Moratti.
It’s precisely the contrast between the smooth keyboard parts and the breaks of Ian crichton’s guitarplay that is the strongest and most distinctive side of SAGA.
“Rob’s voice is different than Michael’s but he cuts the older tunes really great.”
The overall sound of Saga hasn’t changed but of course a New Singer brings a big change with it.
Hate or love it give but it a fair change.
People should approach this album with an open mind and view it as a new band.
In my Case “The Human Condition” has won me over in just a couple of turns.
Progressive Suprise from Canada 75 %
Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst
Dream Aria blew me away in 2005 with their ambient-gothic rock album “IN THE WAKE”.
Now world music fusionists are back with their follow-up Transcend
Don Stagg’s new compositions are filled with new energy and vitality.
The music on trancend has many influences;Yes, Hawkind, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Enigma and Renaissance.
On “Transcend” there are eleven compact numbers.
My only criticism is that i get a feeling when in i listen to the tracks,
that in some cases that the numbers are not completed enough/a feeling of wanting more.
The overal sound of the group is powerfull, pulsating, rythmic and polished.
Highlights are The Rythm Of Now, Transcend ,Rebecca and Compassion.
This album is a natural progression from “in the wake”.
A matured Dream Aria has arrived, and is here to stay.
The “Doorway” to a wider audience has opened!!!
I can recommend this album too every progressive rock fan and beyond.
This is a treat for every global Music Lover.
Low Budget Orchestra “The Second Best” In One word very impressive result for this one mans project.
Low Budget Orchestra plays instrumental progressive rock, with a slight leaning to metal.
Being progressive rock – a musical style with a long history and many variations.
The purpose of Low Budget Orchestra is to produce high quality music and well produced sound by budgetary means. The aim is set up high – to build a huge wall of sound that absorbs the listener within.
The overall sound of the cd is a wide sound of layers of keys and guitars.
Wow what a great effort
Low Budget Orchestras the Second Best is a joy to listen to. I can recommend to listen to in its entire length.
I hear a lot of influences but mostly by Keith Emerson and Vinnie Moore.
This album is an open invite to some excellent musicianship.
Symphonical Extravaganza from Finland 92 %
Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst