Lana

Lana

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

I was born in Manitoba into a Cree family. Having been surrounded by culture and music all of my life I started singing at a very young age, since as far back as I can remember ( which is about the age of 2). I first picked up the guitar at the age of 10 and have been writing music ever since.

Biography

Lana was born in Manitoba and moved to BC when she was 19 inspired by her grandfather Robert Hunt, who lived as a Native American guide carving totem poles in the mountains of British Columbia.

She graduated with honors from the Selkirk College Professional Music School in Nelson, BC, Canada.

Lana is the daughter of Susan Roberta Louise Wheeler - a mystic, seer, magician, dancer, and singer born from a long line of Cree medicine people in Manitoba. As a child Lana grew up experiencing a diverse culture. Her father Robert Hue Benson, in contrast to her mother, was a military man of English, German and Swedish descent. For the first 4 years of Lana's life her father was employed with the Pentagon as a First Class driver chauffeuring around all the High Dignitaries, (Queen, vice-Presidents, Governors etc.) enabling and offering her a very rich upbringing - Lana grew up understanding many walks of life.

Her deep understanding of life is reflected in her music. Her insight is rare and her ability to create music is extra-ordinary - a shinning example of what it means to be "naturally talented". Lana is a rare hidden gem. Her ability to tap into the pure source of music and express it openly and deeply is a gift that many people revere and appreciate. The genius of her insight and depth is refreshing, and grouped together with her guitar playing, open tunings and rich vocals her music is definately high calibre material with market quality. She's a hidden success, a humble powerhouse.... wanting to stay veiled.

Her music has been expressed as folk rock, alternative, mythic, mystical, soulful, elemental, earthy, raw & haugnting spiced with a touch of funk & jazz on the soulful edge of ambience. With great hooks and catchy melodies she intuitively knows what people feel which lends abundantly to her captivating presence. The beautiful harmonies of her singing with/in contrast to the open tunings of her fine guitar playing presents a deep innate skill and mastery few posses. Lana has a sensual heart and often summons spine chilling responses from many listenners as she mesmerizes her audience with her voice. With her added ability to free-style complete songs on the spot scoring anything from pictures to plays, she influences many to music invoking peaceful revolutions and inspiring power.

Her musical tastes are wide: Chopin, Sheila Chandra, Led Zeplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Super Tramp, Mahalia Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Enigma, Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saul Williams, Mozart, Adham Shaike, Zakhir Hussain, Ustad Alah Rakha, Faiyaz Ahmed Khan, Native Drummers, Plains Indian Singers.... just to name a few.

She currently lives in the beautiful Slocan Valley near Nelson, BC., Canada. She is a devoted mother, environmentalist, a 13 Moon activist with a heart dedicated to re-awakening the lost science & mystery of alchemical truth.

Lana's love for pure music, art, math, science and spirituality engages her in many realms, not to be taken lightly.... she is a jedi rebel behind her modesty. In her dedication and oath to manifest 'freedom for all life everywhere' she remains a sensitive soul vigilant to non-violent revolutions wanting to share her talent with all who will listen.

If you'd like to Contact her:

Lana
PO#999
Nelson BC
V1L 6A5

1-250-505-5239

Discography

Deeper Than Before - 2003
Lana "Live" - 2006

Set List

All my songs are Original. My set lists vary from gig to gig. New songs are added all the time mixed with the old favs. The music I play is dpendant on the Venue & event.... you just have to come and see. :-)

I like mysteries....