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Lara Gatling
Folk Rock / Acoustic
Los Angeles, California

A timeless lead vocal, infectious enthusiasm, and an admirable dedication to her goal is what Lara Gatling has to offer. With a voice comparable to that of Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and influences such as Beth Hart, Fleetwood Mac and Sheryl Crow, singer/songwriter Lara Gatling has created a country-tinged, pop-rock sound that speaks to crowds of all ages and from all walks of life. Her energy bounces from her music to the crowd where fans become intoxicated with her rich voice. Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the town of Rock Hall, Lara's life-long goal has been to play and write her own music. While making her way across the country, she did just that. Lara taught herself to play guitar and write her own songs, and finally moved to Los Angeles in January of 2000. Once she arrived, she played acoustic shows, built her fan base and gained experience by performing live. In 2002, Lara pieced together a band, and over the course of a year they played many venues all around Los Angeles. Lara's passion and energy has spilled off the stage to packed venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go on the world famous Sunset Strip and many other Los Angeles clubs. She possesses a drive that will lead her into the radios of people all over the world where she will be recognized not only as a musician, but also as a woman with incredible spirit and ambition. Lara has had the privilege of working with many incredible musicians including Leon Rubenhold (backed up Blues Legends such as John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Taj Mahal, and Bo Didley; Toured with Wilson Pickett and James Brown; Opened three nights in Wash. D.C. with Bobby Womack for The Rolling Stones Tour), Steve Stephens (drummer for Janet Jackson's tour, LaToya Jackson, and The Platters), Janet Robin (guitarist for Meredith Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and was a member of the band Precious Metal), Garrison Starr (signed artist to Vanguard Records). In 2004 Lara had the opportunity of opening for one of her music icons, Beth Hart, who claims Lara is 'one of my favorite singers. I can see that she believes in herself and not many singers are able to portray that while performing'. Such opportunities have undoubtedly helped Lara grow as a musician and have inspired her to continue moving forward. Lara has also recorded with Michael Raphael (who was a member of the band Neve, worked with Linkin Park, Michelle Branch, and has also toured with music legends KISS). While recording, Michael proclaimed Lara as 'the best singer I've had in my studio'. In 2003, Lara was featured on the cable show 'Stephanie Jaeger's Celebrity Showcase' which led her to her current manager/producer, Jimmi Mayweather. Jimmi has worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and many other music legends. Now working with Lara as his personal project, they are currently in the studio recording and writing new material.

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