Where I Belong
Laini sang her first songs as a five-year-old belting out swing tunes with the family 40's dance band. She also had a sister with cerebral palsy, whose one great joy was to listen to the LP record player. Laini's job was to make sure the music of the great crooners and torch singers played for hours. Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Doris Day became some of her first voice teachers. After several years of classical voice training in college and soloing in the Pacific Northwest and Europe, she returned to her roots. For several years, she has dazzled audiences singing with swing bands and charming crowds at fairs, festivals and jazz clubs in Washington, Oregon, California and Texas. Laini is also a talented songwriter. She has co-written and produced several songs and radio jingles in the Pacific Northwest with her friend Jim Fischer. In 1998 she produced her first CD 'lost in the feeling' and released it at the concert 'Music She Wrote.... Songs She Sings' which benefited the local women's shelter in Vancouver, WA. For two hours Laini and her trio 'The Guys', entertained a packed audience with songs that were either written or sung by famous women musicians. In 2000 Laini released her second CD, Where I Belong, a mix of country and blues that shows off her sultry voice. After many requests, Laini released 'The Songs of Patsy Cline', a seven song tribute CD. One man's response after hearing Laini sing 'Sweet Dreams'..... 'Patsy is in the building!' Laini is currently working on her 4th CD A Northwest Lullaby for Christmas to be released in 2003. For this CD Laini has co-written with her friend Jim Fischer, 'Northwest Lullaby' and 'A Gift To All'