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I am the first person to say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Yet, even I sometimes don’t listen to my advice. When this happens, I want to smack myself. I fell into this situation when I first came across Laine Lonero, the next artist on Feed the Band. But, there is a little twist. Laine is learning about this for the first time, right along with you.
Laine, a recent High School grad, reminds me of Jessica. She and I went to high school together. It’s almost uncanny how similar they are in appearance, clothing, sports, and heritage, given that they attended different high schools years apart. All that said, Jessica and I worked together at the same grocery store. I was a bagger, and she was the head cashier. My dad was a good friend of Mr. Gibson, the store’s manager. So if dad needed me for the ranch, he would drive to the store and pick me up. Well, I was not a big fan of this arrangement, but Jessica was even less of a fan. Once I left, she had to bag. When I returned to the store, I paid the price. I had to do all the jobs no one wanted to do.
The first time I came across Laine Lonero, the warning lights were blinking fast and bright. Jessica was all that I could see. My previous experiences had me proceeding with caution. Looking back, it feels ridiculous. I approached Laine with unease, only to find one of the biggest hearts in country music. Although Laine Lonero is many things, “Mean Girl” is something she is not.
After my preconceived notion of Laine went away, there was a lot to unpack. It would be easier to create a list of what she doesn’t do than one containing everything she does. Dance, school, and, oh yeah, a music career are just a sampling of what her resume includes. As life will teach you, what a person does may not be as important as how they do it.
There are a plethora of female artists that look and sound good. Laine herself is one of those. However, her recent move to Nashville made her a needle in a stack of needles. Laine will have to find her voice, and that can be hard in a place like Nashville. As a place heavily populated with artists wanting to be country singers, I look at Nashville as a cow heard. I’m by no means calling Laine a cow; I’m just using the knowledge I have on hand. Lol. The record labels are the cowboys pushing the industry, and you always have a lead cow. In the music industry, you have several leaders. These are the household names like Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, and Ingrid Andress. They guide everyone through the smaller turns and, at times, correct the industry as a whole.
Laine Lonero is going to have to be one of those leaders, and that’s scary. Once you get there, things get a little easier. However, doing what it takes to do that is hard. Laine is going to have to go against the grain. There will be points in her career where she will have to stand up a scream, and tell everyone to go left when they want to go right. Those choices are hard to make, but I think Laine Lonero has the tools to do so.
As weird as it sounds, I feel that having a great voice is only a small part of what makes a star. First, someone has to want to do it. Then, they have to have that conversation within and know they will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Once that happens, they need the tools to build their dream. This is where I think Laine Lonero shines. Laine is a natural leader and is not one to shy away from work. She does not push others down to feel elevated. Instead, Laine has learned that you have to help pull everyone up to form a strong foundation. I think these tools are what will always keep her career on a firm footing.
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I have seen a lot of hollow careers over the past few years. But, getting to know Laine and her music, I can say that she is as solid as they come. To say that she is a friend would be an understatement. She feels more like a much younger and better-looking sister. Now is your chance to know Laine Lonero a bit better. Before you get to the interview, be on the lookout for the fantastic Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip she inspired and the giveaway at the end. Here is our interview with Laine Lonero.
Tell us about your road to country music.
Growing up, I guess the closest thing to country for me started with listening to Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. My parents were not country music fans, My Dad loved alternative, classic rock, and his beloved Beatles, and my mom always listened to pop. I was a competitive dancer from an early age, and pop was just part of that. My exposure to country came from my grandparents, I guess. They would pick me up from school every day with the country music playing on the radio, and as I got older, I started appreciating the lyrics and the stories behind the songs. I even turned my mom into a country music fan. I still definitely have a broad taste in music, but country has landed a place in my heart, and I love it. I have the best of both worlds because I get to combine pop and country in my music.
If you could time travel, what advice would you give the Laine of two years ago?
I would tell myself not to worry so much about what other people think of you. People will always find flaws in you, but you cannot let them get you down. I recently shared a quote about not being everyone’s cup of tea on my socials. What I have learned is that this is ok. Do what makes you happy because you are your own person, and you can do whatever you put your mind to.
When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
The funny thing is people come to me for advice about relationships. If you listen to the lyrics in my songs, I am not the person to go to. The second thing would be to do their makeup. This is my second love, next to singing. Like I said earlier, I have done competitive dance my whole life and learned about makeup at an early age, getting ready for these. A lot of my education on this came from YouTube. I am pretty obsessed with it.
If you came with a warning label, what would yours say?
Caution: VERY Loud person ahead!
We are continuously developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
I usually start with a chord progression in a perfect world and try to find a melody first. Then I will start working on lyrics for the chorus. I can’t say I follow that recipe every time, though. I can be all over the place.
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What are you most insecure about?
My mom always says to own it, but I can be very insecure about my height. Another thing I guess would be my “loud personality.” Some people just don’t appreciate it. But, I love to have fun, and I am Italian, and we are loud people. So, I come by it naturally.
What is your first fond memory of food?
Definitely my Grandma’s Banana Pie. It’s different than most recipes, and she came up with it herself. She taught me how to make it, and I have so many memories of us making this together. It is my favorite. I think you would appreciate it.
What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?
Never comment on the volume of someone’s voice when they are speaking, always be conscious of ordering when someone else is paying, never lessen someone’s achievements, and as my dad always tells me, “Be Kind.”
Tell us about your latest single, “How Far.”
“How Far” is a song that people can interpret in several ways. I wrote it about a relationship and how that person did not give me the chance to show them how much I can love, but there are many different ways for it to be interpreted, and that’s what we wanted. It was a fun song to write. It was co-written in Nashville with Karianne Jean. We started writing, and it just flowed onto the pages.
If the world froze for an afternoon and only you could move, and no one could see you or remember what you did, what would you do?
I know this is terrible, but I would probably go to the mall and go crazy. Just imagine all the makeup, food, SHOES, and clothes I could get for free.
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What do the next two years look like for you?
So excited to be starting college at Belmont in Nashville in the Songwriting Program. I plan on getting as much music out as possible and writing with as many people as I can. I hope to create an EP during that time, and I would love to collaborate on a duet.
What’s the hardest mistake you had to learn from, and what knowledge did you gain from it?
One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn is not to let people control you. I have allowed this to go on for some time during my high school years, and now that I have graduated, I realize what a mistake that was. Of course, you should always try to be kind to others and consider other people’s feelings, but you have to make decisions for yourself and do what is best for you in the end. This sounds like the makings of a song. LOL!
You just graduated high school; what is the best and worst thing about getting older?
As excited as I am about going to college, it is also terrifying to me. I am pretty independent, but there are a lot of things I have never had to do on my own. I am not worried about cooking because I love to do that. I definitely won’t starve. I have some cool gadgets for the dorm. I am concerned about all those things that my mom and dad do for me that I don’t even realize happen on a day-to-day basis. Getting older means responsibility. Not sure if I am ready for that. I will miss my family and friends, but I am looking forward to moving to one of my favorite places and making many new friends at school and in the industry.
Define your music.
I guess I would say that it is a mix of pop and country with a little bit of soul. That sounds like a recipe. My music usually has a much deeper meaning than people realize. It’s fun making something serious seem light and fun in a song. You can’t give away everything.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
Do what you love, have fun, and keep chasing your dreams no matter how big they are!
That is Laine Lonero. If you haven’t checked out her latest singles, “How Far” or “No Sweat,” I highly recommend that you do. They both can be found on your favorite music services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. But, don’t just listen to Laine make it a party. Cook up the delicious spinach dip that she inspired. Your friends and family will thank you for it. Thank you for learning about Laine. Please feel free to check out other artists and recipes right here on Feed the Band.