Born and raised in The Pelican state of Louisiana, singer-songwriter Laine Lonero earned accolades for her performances in musical theater and opera from an early age. She penned her first song at 13, and went on to win a song-writing contest in Nashville.
In 2016, Lonero was featured on 4 Kidzbop CD’s and has continued to write, and perform throughout her home state and in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ponchatoula County Market draws visitors to its historic downtown location. Your Louisiana hometown is also known for its Strawberry Festival. Favorite family strawberry recipes?
I am a real fan of strawberries and Ponchatoula truly has some of the best. Can’t really say that we have any family recipes because my parents did not grow up here. We moved here when my brother was almost a year and I did not exist yet. I could eat strawberries every day though. I do have a great banana pie recipe that is my Granny’s secret recipe. Pie is probably my favorite food. For my birthday, I would ask for pie instead of cake.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School. Theater. Dance Team. Student Council. Volunteering with local charities. How have you been able to balance school with your music career?
It gets really chaotic at times and I can’t lie and say that there were not times where I felt like I wanted to pull my hair out, but it usually works itself out. I am very lucky to have very supportive parents and they really help me prioritize and make sure I stay on track. I have been doing this schedule since I was 6 and it has really taught me to be very disciplined.
Playing Fiona in the Shrek play at school. How has your theater experience helped your stage presence as a singer?
I have been doing plays since I was 9. I have always loved being on the stage. My first lead was when I was 11 years old and played Edwina in “Dear Edwina”. It was amazing. After that I played my dream role as “Annie”. I was lucky because the summer after that production, I grew about 6 inches. I would have been taller than everyone else in the play!
It was so shocking when they called my name because it was the farthest thing from my mind. I have continued doing theater at my school and will whenever I get the chance. There is something to be said for working with a production and I am thankful that my small Catholic School is able to put these on.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Which Disney movie song is your favorite and why?
Attending Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Song Camp. What was the best life advice that was shared with you at camp?
Not so the much the advice, because there were so many things I took away from that camp. I would say what I value the most is the teamwork. I had the greatest team to work with and I really learned something about myself there. It is not easy to work with others who also have the same talent as yourself and I really enjoyed it. We put out a great song and a great performance at the end.
“Little Girl in Me” came out of my sadness when I found out my Granny had Stage IV Breast Cancer. I have been so close to my Granny and this news was devastating to me. She was my ride home from school every day and lives a couple houses away. My grandparents never miss a performance. I wanted something that wasn’t sad, but had meaning to her. I wanted to think about happy things when celebrating her. The best thing is years later she is doing great and the treatment is working.
I was so honored when I submitted this song to the Nashville Dreamin’ competition and won. The people I met through this were wonderful, including David Webb. I was able to get the song recorded and being that this song is so special to me and my Granny, it really made me happy.
Playing local venues like Roux & Brew. Can you describe what it was like the first time you performed on stage locally?
I actually performed with a live band when I was 11 years old. I was a wreck when I went up there but the nerves quickly went away. One of the first songs I ever performed live was “House of the Rising Sun” and it’s 4 minutes long. I get really nervous before performances still to this day. I actually get in a really bad mood if I don’t feel like I am ready. I want to put on my best performance. As soon as I get up there, it goes away though. Thank goodness my family does not take it personally and know me now and how I am. It’s a great job working and doing what I love. Not everybody can say that.
I love covering a variety of music from Country to R&B. I love surprising the audience with different genre’s. I think I would have to say my version of “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King.
Two superstars, Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift, moved to Nashville after their high school graduation. How will their experiences help guide you in Music City as you start pursuing your career full-time?
I have always looked up to Taylor Swift’s journey. I am definitely looking to go to Nashville next year and hope to go to Belmont College. I love all the opportunities in Nashville and, although not many will achieve what Taylor Swift did, a girl can dream.
Supporting fellow female artists. Which female songwriters have most influenced your writing?
This changes often for me, but I really love Noah Cyrus right now. I have always been a fan of the sad songs and I love her writing. I really love the play on words in Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris songs and they have been a big influence for me.
What is the backstory to your original song “Except for You”?
This was actually given to us at the camp and everyone was only given the name of the song and had to create. I was so lucky to get the group that I did. We all wanted something different, fun — and it turned out amazing. We even enjoyed putting together the performance for the end. Hope I get to work with all of them again one day.
So fortunate that I have been able to work with David on several projects! David is a great guy and always brings out the best in me with writing and recording. Matt was so fun and I hope to get to work with him again one day. Going to Camp David to work in Nashville is so comfortable for me.
Jordan Hefler promo photos. How did you choose the artwork for your single?
It all came from the idea of the baseball theme. I am not sure why, but I have always seemed to date baseball players…Not that I have dated a lot of people. My schedule realIy makes that difficult. I do have to give a lot of credit to my mom, because she is a planner and has great vision. She actually came up with the concept and the wardrobe. We were very fortunate that my school let us film the video there and take the promo pictures. Jordan did an amazing job and was so easy to work with. The cover photo is based on the theme of the amazing music video by Lexy Burke out of Nashville (FilmsbyLex).
Exposure is good in any form, if you ask me. I am so lucky to get to receive products and advertise. I am pretty picky about this though. I will not accept if I don’t believe in the product. I have been so fortunate working with VeryLaine and I am about to go do another photoshoot with them for the fall line. They are a Louisiana based company and I love being involved with the success of Louisiana folks.
Recently singing the National Anthem for the San Diego Padres. How difficult is it to perform the song, which requires an enormous vocal range?
When I was 9, I decided to learn the National Anthem and told my mom I wanted to perform it. My mom talked to the New Orleans Zephyrs at the time and set up and audition and I got it. My mom was definitely more nervous than I was. The audition was actually on the big empty field with the mic and was pretty intimidating. I have been doing it ever since for the local colleges, charities, etc. I have also sung twice for the New Orleans Pelicans NBA team and hope to one day perform it for the New Orleans Saints. Love getting to do this any time I can and it was an honor doing it for the San Diego Padres.
How can fans help support your home state rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura?
Just like Nashville when they had those awful tornadoes hit and damage so much, the fundraisers and organizations providing service are so important. Many of these families are having to completely rebuild.