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Penni Lawrence


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Penni Lawrence has been singing for live audiences all over the United States since she was 3 years old.  She found her love of performing on her father's country music show, The Union Mill Opry, based in northwest Missouri, which turned into a weekly televised program in their regional area. Penni has performed at various festivals, 
conventions, private parties, military events, weddings, and 
competitions throughout the United States.  Penni is a 3-time state 
finalist in the national talent competition, the Colgate Country 
Showdown, and also was the 2006 winner of the West Texas Idol competition.  Penni has opened shows for various artists including Tim McGraw, Eli Young Band, Lee Greenwood, Bryan White, Rick Trevino, Gene Watson, and Charlie Robison.  She has also performed at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN.  

Penni’s roots are grounded in country music, but she has the 
versatility and the sultry sound to perform any type of musical genre.  Her diversity in material performed and the ability to pull off each
style effectively is unlike other female artists.  
Penni independently released her debut CD, appropriately titled “It’s About Time”, which includes 3 songs written by Penni herself.  Her CD was recorded on Nashville's historic Music Row at EMI Studios, and was produced by Nashville songwriter/publisher, Charlie Craig, who co-wrote withJackson his #1 hit, “Wanted”.  Penni and her band are establishing a strong presence in the West Texas and Southwest Oklahoma area, so do not miss the opportunity to see Penni perform when she is your area.
For booking information, call (806) 831-6956 or email 
pennilawrenceband@hotmail.com.

Who do you feel has influenced you the most in music and why?
When I was young and just learning to sing, it was Barbara Mandrell.  She was so versatile in her performances, beautiful, and had wonderful stage presence - even from an early age.  I absorbed everything she did.  Later on, as I grew older, I really was drawn to the music of Ronnie Milsap, Steve Wariner, and Martina McBride.  When Martina came on the scene, I learned every song she sang, and I wanted to be just like her.  I also was heavily influenced at a young age by Rhonda Vincent, whom I had the pleasure of knowing since I was a young girl.  Her bluegrass music and angelic voice was just mesmerizing.  It still is! 
 
What do you feel was your biggest break in the music business?
I hope it is still yet to come!  J  I was honored to be able to record my CD on Nashville’s historic Music Row at EMI Studios, with Charlie Craig as my
producer (who has since passed away).  Charlie actually met with Warner Bros Records on my behalf, and that was such a thrill to have them listen to my music.  The musicians that I was able to work with on my CD played on the road (& in the studio) with various Nashville acts, and they were all phenomenal.  That was definitely a highlight in my career.  Having the opportunity to perform at the Heart of Texas Anniversary celebration this year was very special to me as well.  Tracy Pitcox (the head of Heart of Texas record label) is such a great man, and I was so honored to get to be a part of that special event.  I hope to become more involved in his shows in the future.
 
When you consider material to record, how do you decide what is best for you?
First, and foremost, I choose songs that I, as a listener, would like to hear.  Secondly, I choose material that I can relate to personally, in order for me to feel, and subsequently express emotion into each song that I am recording.  The difference is so apparent from hearing someone just sing, as opposed to actually feeling the emotions in what they are expressing through song.
 
If it were possible, what would you change about country music today?
As everyone knows, country music is so different today than it was when I was a kid.  I don’t have a problem with country music “changing”, as long as it is “evolving” and not taking an extreme detour from what we know as true country music.  I do see this occurring, and I am sure that there is an audience for that.  However, I also firmly believe that traditional country music (and the artists that stay true to that) still have a place in country radio, and should not be overlooked or put on the “back burner” to the “new & upcoming” artists who happen to sell out arenas.  It appears that too much emphasis is put on making a dollar instead of staying true to what country music was founded on.  (Sorry, you asked!)  J
 
Which do you prefer more, recording or touring and why?
I absolutely love both, but there is nothing like performing in front of an audience who is loving what you do.  The “live” interaction is definitely a must.
 
Do you write some of your own songs; If so do you enjoy writing your own material? and why?
Songwriting is something that I am still a “rookie” at, but I do really enjoy it.  It’s a way to express your thoughts/feelings in a completely different (and personal) way.  I have written several songs, and 3 of them are included on my debut CD, “It’s About Time”.  I hope to be writing more in the near future as I look toward a new recording in the coming months. 
 
Tell us an interesting story of how a fan has been affected by your music. How did that make you feel?
I had someone approach me once and told me that one of my original songs, “Easier Said Than Done” really moved them, and that they related to it so well and they cried every time they listened to it.  Not only was it flattering to me as a songwriter, but it made me realize how we all experience the feeling of heartbreak at one time or another, and we all hurt the same.  That particular song was very personal to me also, and was written after a difficult time in my life.
Another thrilling moment for me was when a little 5-yr old girl recognized me in the store one day and was SO excited.  Se asked for my autograph and told me that she had
my CD and that she thought I sang “really pretty”.  That moment was precious to me. 
 
Which of the songs that you have recorded would you consider your favorite and why?
Again, it would have to be “Easier Said Than Done”, because it was the first song that I ever wrote, and it has sentimental meaning to me.
 
Would your fans say that you are approachable? Is that important to you or not? and why?
It is absolutely important that I am considered “approachable”!  It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, we are all human beings.  There is no “air” about me, and what you see is what you get!  I like to joke on stage with my band, and show the audience a fun time while performing great music.  After all, at the end of the day, that’s what they came for! 
 
What do you feel has given you the longevity that you enjoyed?
A loving and supportive family, perseverance to stay in the game, and a true love of the music that I perform.
 
What is the message that you would like to send to your fans?
I love you all!  Thank you for all of your support over the years, and we hope to see you at a show real soon!
 
Websites: www.pennilawrence.com
www.facebook.com/ThePenniLawrenceBand
 


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