lani trock

lani trock

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandFolkSoul

bluesy funk-folk soul with bass-heavy infectious hooks.
gravitating towards hybrid live/electro indie-pop- more recent studio installments feature electronically based tracks ranging in atmosphere from swampy-soulful to delicate & celestial.
always learning & evolving.
do everything out of love.

Biography

Born under the Hawaiian sun, Lani Trock was raised with a guitar over her tanned shoulder and salt in her wavy locks. A young boho beauty, she was writing music by age 15 and soon brought her ocean blues to Santa Cruz. She dove into the coast’s music scene, sitting beside a beach bonfire with Stella in hand. But don’t mistake that bewitching green-eyed smolder for just another cookie-cutter crooner. She’s churned surf-rock and reggae into her uniquely innocent, suddenly sultry vocals that give you no choice but to burn one down. From the Hollywood Hills to Laurel Canyon you can find this girl belting the kind of honest lyrics that restore faith in pop music.

Lani captivated her first audience at age three with her mother by her side. This tiny, sprite of a girl was a natural performer. She moved to San Diego in her teens, songwriting and experimenting. The young artist organically realized her signature sound and brought it to Santa Cruz, playing countless shows including 99 Bottles, The Ugly Mug, Moe's Alley, Coastline Brewery, and opening for Kenny Wayne Sheppard on the Catalyst Mainstage.

Beautiful Santa Cruz suited her, but Los Angeles lights called. She was flattered and thrilled by invitations to perform at legendary venues such as Hotel Café, Molly Malone's, The Rainbow Room, The Derby, and most recently a weekly residency at Crane's Hollywood Tavern.

Unmistakable soul and talent does not go unnoticed. Her song “Bluelight Special” was featured on a compilation CD on Oniric Records to benefit Heal the Ocean with the help of G. Love and Special Sauce, the Animal Liberation Orchestra, and other artists.

Lani recorded her first studio album with award winning producer Christian Davis of Sly Doggie Productions. This fall, she released her debut, “nine” and just wrapped filming an ambitious part live-action, part animated music video for the album’s first single, “Alive,” directed by the incredible Arisara Weranont with the eclectic animations of Ariel Hart.

Lyrics

alive

Written By: lani trock

ALIVE

VERSE
Got me running circles again
Towards the overwhelming possibilities
of being left on my knees
Begging for more
Of your sweet love making abilities
Could you please
Please me forever
I will never drift away, away away away

CHORUS
But dont break me before you take me
Dont hold me if you dont love me
Your face has gotta be the sweetest thing I've ever seen
So please don't wake me from this dream
I feel alive
I feel alive for the first time
Oh I feel alive

VERSE
Blend up my emotions
Till my knees are going weak
And I could barely even speak
To you and your
Sweet vibrations that carry me away
To an ocean of devotion
Where I'll always wanna stay
With your arms wrapped around me
Safe and warm
Safe and warm

CHORUS
But dont break me before you take me
Dont hold me if you dont love me
Your face has gotta be the sweetest thing I've ever seen
So please don't wake me from this dream
I feel alive
I feel alive for the first time
Oh I feel alive

BRIDGE
Tears of frustration have become my motivation
To tell you how I really feel
I want you completely
I'm scared you dont need me
Tell me baby what's the deal
Whats the deal
Oh whats the deal

CHORUS
But dont break me before you take me
Dont hold me if you dont love me
Your face has gotta be the sweetest thing I've ever seen
So please don't wake me from this dream
I feel alive
I feel alive for the first time
Oh I feel alive

once

Written By: lani trock

ONCE

VERSE
Once she loved him
She used to hold him in her arms
Where nothing could harm them
And he was taken by her smile
A beautiful surprise
She knew at once
He'd always love her

PRE
But time pushed them in separate ways
Got harder everyday
To turn around and say
Oh Baby I love you

CHORUS
Help me hold me in your arms
Or I won't survive without your love
I need you oh I need you
In the morning, noon and night
I know that we've drifted
We've floated so far away
But we can make it right
I know that we can make this right

VERSE
So they made plans
Built up a perfect family
One boy and one girl
Big house in the suburbs
Consumed
All their focus on their first child
They never took the time
To give eachother they both needed
Lonely hearts still beat in time

PRE
Pushed them in separate ways
Got harder everyday
To turn around and say
Oh Baby I love you

CHORUS
Help me hold me in your arms
Or I won't survive without your love
I need you oh I need you
In the morning, noon and night
I know that we've drifted
We've floated so far away
But we can make it right
I know that we can make this right
Cuz Baby I love you oh oh
Cuz Baby I love you oh oh

VERSE
Once they whispered
Their fingers gently intertwined
Speaking of big dreams and great love
Such heights that they fell from
And we become quiet casualties
To the silent war they breathed
Into life and could not escape from
But we will not hate them this time

PRE
Pushed them in separate ways
Got harder everyday
To turn around and say
Oh Baby I love you

CHORUS
Help me hold me in your arms
Or I won't survive without your love
I need you oh I need you
In the morning, noon and night
I know that we've drifted
We've floated so far away
But we can make it right
I know that we can make this right
Cuz Baby I love you oh oh
Cuz Baby I love you oh oh

i could

Written By: lani trock

I COULD

VERSE
I'm getting restless babe
In wondering where we stand
Or if we stand at all
I need a softer place to land
I'm waiting for the change
Last night I thought I felt you call
And now I haven't seen you in days
Sometimes I wish I couldn't feel at all

CHORUS
And I could let you go
But first you need to know
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall

VERSE
God I miss you babe
As each and every moment falls
Everything's rearranged
and it just don't make no sense at all
You say I move too fast
But that's the only pace I know
Do any lovers last?
God I hope so
I hope so

CHORUS
And I could let you go
But first you need to know
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall

Yeah I think that I could fall in love
Yeah I think that I could fall in love

I'm starting to unwind
But now the floor begins to spin
And babe I feel so tired tired tired
Can't find a place to begin again

CHORUS
And I could let you go
But first you need to know
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall
That I could fall
Yeah I could fall

Yeah I think that I could fall in love with you
But I don't think that it's something I should do
Yeah I think that I could fall in love

last

Written By: lani trock

LAST
VERSE
Seduced by the excitement of lust
Your full bodied kisses spontaneously combust
And I am left with nothing to say
So I'm saying
Take it all back baby take it all away
I know we shouldn't have gone there but its really too late to say
To say, these things that I've got to say

PRE
We crossed a line that was meant to be
Upheld between you and me
And now I'm running circles
To put out all your fires
It feels so right when I look at you
But timing's wrong so what do I do
To put this down
Just walk away

CHORUS
Take a breath
Step back don't let us lose this chance to make it
And give this a rest
Been running on empty so long I need love to last
Just for once
With all of the love that you can't get enough of
Will this one last
Will this last

VERSE
Bounce me
Dance me into oblivion
Keeping time one two three
Flirting with a dangerous line
While keeping time
Keeping time one two three

PRE
We crossed a line that was meant to be
Upheld between you and me
And now I'm running circles
To put out all your fires
It feels so right when I look at you
But timing's wrong so what do I do
To put this down
Just walk away

CHORUS
Take a breath
Step back don't let us lose this chance to make it
And give this a rest
Been running on empty so long I need love to last
Just for once
With all of the love that you can't get enough of
Will this one last
Will this one last
Will this one last
Will this last

BRIDGE
So I think to myself
Heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and this love might last
So I think to myself
With my heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and this love might last
So I think to myself
Heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and this love might last
So I think to myself
Heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and

CHORUS
Take a breath
Step back don't let us lose this chance to make it
And give this a rest
Been running on empty so long I need love to last
Just for once
With all of the love that you can't get enough of
Will this one last
Will this one last
Will this one last
Will this last

So I think to myself
With my heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and this love might last
So I think to myself
Heart beatin fast
Keep me laughin lover and
Keep me laughin lover and

exactly

Written By: lani trock

EXACTLY

VERSE
Standing tall
Watching the waves with you
Hoping that this feeling that I'm feeling
You're feeling too
But we made it through
And I know exactly where I'm supposed to be
Is standing here right beside you

CHORUS
You make me feel like I am
Exactly where I'm supposed to be
And exactly where I'm supposed to be
Is with you
And you fill me with a light and a love I've never seen before
Always keep me coming back for more
Exactly where I'm supposed to be

VERSE
All the little lines
That I drew
Connecting all the dot to dots in front of me
Then appeared a vision of you
Oh the first time we touched
Darling I knew
Your eyes were old friends of mine
Did you feel it too?

CHORUS
You make me feel like I am
Exactly where I'm supposed to be
And exactly where I'm supposed to be
Is with you
And you fill me with a light and a love I've never seen before
Always keep me coming back for more
Exactly where I'm supposed to be

BRIDGE
You fill me with a light and a love I've never seen before
And you make me feel like I am
You fill me with a light and a love I've never seen before
I've never seen before
I've never seen before

CHORUS
You make me feel like I am
Exactly where I'm supposed to be
And exactly where I'm supposed to be
Is with you
And you fill me with a light and a love I've never seen before
Always keep me coming back for more
Exactly where I'm supposed to be

don't stop

Written By: lani trock

DON'T STOP

CHORUS
Keep on rockin it don't stop you know i want you
And the beat deserves this jam
So kick it
Back down to the floor
Just a little lower
Pick it up baby don't let go

VERSE
I've been trying to get a little closer
Inch my way in
Move in past the crowd
Feel so trapped when I'm on this stage alone
Wanna jump up get off come on let's

CHORUS
Keep on rockin it don't stop you know i want you
And the beat deserves this jam
So kick it
Back down to the floor
Just a little lower
Pick it up baby don't let go

VERSE
Feel the bass moving through my body get it right
This jam is special
I can feel it in the air tonight
I wanna move with your groove
Soak into my soul
The way you hold me
Makes me lose control

CHORUS
Keep on rockin it don't stop you know i want you
And the beat deserves this jam
So kick it
Back down to the floor
Just a little lower
Pick it up baby don't let go

again

Written By: lani trock

AGAIN

VERSE
What did you expect to come from this
Disturbing what was still
Thriving beneath the surface
Could not fill the emptiness inside your heart
Take it back to the start
From here
I was the one who believed there was something more behind your facade
To everyone else it looked like you were acting as if you thought you were God
A lush condescending neverending bearer of pain
I saw beyond your game

CHORUS
This is the last time
we can hold each other like this
The perfect diversion of words
Averts my eyes from the memory of your kiss
I'll never forget or regret those nights we lay in peace awake all night
But this time
It doesn't feel right
Wanting you

VERSE
You're living a hypocritical, cynical and paranoid life
With all of these of these qualities
I'd rather not identify
Let this go so I know
It's over
We're over again
But I can't pretend there's something left here for me
Can't you see that

CHORUS
This is the last time
we can hold each other like this
The perfect diversion of words
Averts my eyes from the memory of your kiss
I'll never forget or regret those nights we lay in peace awake all night
But this time
It doesn't feel right
Wanting you

BRIDGE
I'm not wanting you anymore
And all that's left to do
Is stand up and tell you we're through but this time this time
It's a choice I'm sticking to
That I'll be sticking to

CHORUS
This is the last time
we can hold each other like this
The perfect diversion of words
Averts my eyes from the memory of your kiss
I'll never forget or regret those nights we lay in peace awake all night
But this time
It doesn't feel right
This is the last time
we can hold each other like this
The perfect diversion of words
Averts my eyes from the memory of your kiss
I'll never forget or regret those nights we lay in peace awake all night
But this time
It doesn't feel right
Wanting you

love

Written By: lani trock

LOVE

VERSE
I'm sorry I don't know how to love in the typical way
Keep worrying that every little fight's gonna make you wanna walk away
Oh oh I try to take it back but it never really goes away
My heart's leaping through my throat as I turn and say

PRE
Everytime that I get it wrong
And you look at me like an untamed dog
Well I feel so small
So I start to cry and you ask me why
I come so unglued
And I know I can't try to explain
So all I say is

CHORUS
Love Love Love
Oh love
You know I can't live without all this love that you give me
Love Love Love
Oh love
I cant live without you
My love love love
I cant live without you
My love love love

VERSE
I'm sorry that it's taken so long for me to write you this song
The music just comes when it does
And I just can't push it along
I know it's hard to hear me sing the songs I wrote before
But to me they're just bits and pieces of bad dreams I try to ignore

PRE
Everytime that I get it wrong
And you look at me like an untamed dog
Well I feel so small
I can never find right words to say
Cuz I'm terrified you're bout to walk away from me
So all I say is

CHORUS
Love Love Love
Oh love
You know I can't live without all this love that you give me
Love Love Love
Oh love
I cant live without you
My love love love
I cant live without you
My love love love

PRE
Everytime that I get it wrong
And you look at me like an untamed dog
Well I feel so small
I can never find right words to say
Cuz I'm terrified you're bout to walk away from me
Would you ever walk away from me
So I start to cry and you ask me why
I come so unglued
And I know I can't try to explain
I'll never explain this

CHORUS
Love Love Love
Oh love
You know I can't live without all this love that you give me
Love Love Love
Oh love
I cant live without you
My love love love
I cant live without you
My love love love

where do i begin

Written By: lani trock

WHERE DO I BEGIN

VERSE
I was waiting for
The right moment to jump in
The air was cold
But I felt so so bold in my skin

PRE
And then you look at me winking in secret confirmation
And all I can wonder is
Does he have the motivation
To take this wild child and give me sweet salvation
Imagine your fingers dancing on my skin

CHORUS
Where do I begin
Ooh oh
Where do I begin
Ooh oh

VERSE
I was waiting for the right moment to walk away
Playing hard to get
But I always catch myself wanting to stay

PRE
Electric your arm brushes mine
Hearts beat and lips meet
Undeniable chemistry pushing us closer to lust and heat
I hope you know what you are getting into
Take a seat
I can make my body bend

CHORUS
Where do I begin
Ooh oh
Where do I begin
Ooh oh

BRIDGE
I need a lover who's gonna take my breath away
Fifty times a day
And I won't put up with those stupid little games you play
I'm on a mission and I always get my man
So tell me tell me

CHORUS
Where do I begin
Ooh oh
Where do I begin
Ooh oh

VERSE
You were waiting for the right moment to let me in
Knew I was different than the other lovers
Under your covers
And against your skin
Against your skin

PRE
So I'm grabbing my coat and you're missing the boat
For the hundredth time
You start to panic
Wonder could I really make her mine
So you run out the door to catch me kiss me in the rain
I think I know how this will end

CHORUS
Where do I begin
Ooh oh
Where do I begin
Ooh oh

Discography

nine 2010
soultions for dreamers: season two. 2006. (blue-light special featured on this benefit compilation)

Set List

alive
my mama taught me to sing
heard it through the grapevine
where do i begin
once
if i'm going down
no woman no cry
last
summertime