You might remember 16-year-old La Nee, this month’s Student Spotlight, from our last recital, gorgeously singing her mom’s favorite song, “Jesus Take The Wheel” as a surprise for her. Molly describes La Nee as one of the most versatile students she teaches. She has a crystal classical voice, a beautiful Broadway mix that works as well for Broadway belt songs as for legit Broadway, a marketable pop and R&B voice, and surprisingly, even impressive scat-singing ability! With so many different options, she could go in any number of directions, and we can’t wait to see where her career takes her.
MM: What school do you go to?
LM: I am starting my junior year a Mission Viejo High School.
MM: How did you get started with music, and how long have you been singing?
LM: I have been singing ever since I can remember. Over the years, my love for singing has only gotten stronger! I discovered my passion to perform at a very young age during skits and talent shows put on in my elementary school.
MM: Do you play any other instruments?
LM: I don’t play any other instruments. However, I have been trying to self-teach myself piano and am planning to take guitar lessons in the future!
MM: How do you share your music with others?
LM: My favorite ways to share my music with others is by performing in talent shows, as well as in concerts and solo concerts with my school choirs!
MM: Molly mentioned you’re in an audition choir and went on a special trip recently–tell us more!
LM: Last year, I was in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s Chamber Choir, and I loved it so much! Unfortunately, this school year I won’t be able to stay with my SMCHS choir! However, while I was in Chambers at SM, we got invited to a heritage festival for singing in San Francisco! We placed second out of 14 schools for our classical music style, and that trip will be forever remembered!
MM: Will you share about what OC Icon is, your experience with it, and what you’ve been learning from it?
LM: It is a singing competition put on in Orange County. I made it through to the second round and learned a lot about how to give great performances and also took great advice from the judges’ specific comments for my voice and style of music.
MM: How much do you practice every day, and how do you get ready for a performance?
LM: I practice singing about 3-4 hours a day! (30 minutes exclusively for singing). But I love to practice my songs and scales while doing homework and also while driving!
MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?
LM: Currently, I am struggling to perfect the song “Listen” by Beyonce. It’s such a beautiful song, and I can’t wait until I perfect it. I am working with Molly right now on the riffs in this song and ways to project my voice more while singing it.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
LM: My advice to any new students would be to keep their head up always! Although you may not feel so great about your performances at certain times, just have faith in your ability to persevere, and never give up!