Lola Rhodes [Formerly known as Lonna Marie] is a singer songwriter based in Marina del Rey, California. Her earliest memories of music growing up (sans the Chipmunks Christmas album) involve driving in the passenger seat with her dad. He, being a self taught drummer, has always had an ear for great music. Some favorites include Tower of Power, Kirk Franklin, Sam Cook, The Beach Boys, anything... more
Lola Rhodes [Formerly known as Lonna Marie] is a singer songwriter based in Marina del Rey, California. Her earliest memories of music growing up (sans the Chipmunks Christmas album) involve driving in the passenger seat with her dad. He, being a self taught drummer, has always had an ear for great music. Some favorites include Tower of Power, Kirk Franklin, Sam Cook, The Beach Boys, anything and everything from the 60's and Radiohead. These genres have always moved her in such a way proving that popular music [or any kind for that matter] doesn't have to be spineless and contrived.
Beginning her performance training in dance and then moving on to musical theatre in high school and college, being on stage has always been a crucial part of her life. She found herself in New York City with a theatre agent and her first Equity job, the understudy to Diana DeGarmo (American Idol) in the first National Tour of BKLYN the Musical. With mostly regional work under her belt and the auditioning grind becoming a burden on her creative soul, she decided to walk away from the theatre world and take her career into her own hands. She wasn't satisfied having to 'ask permission' to perform with the ridiculous demands of auditioning and she was no longer fulfilled recreating someone else's work.
So she decided to create her own.
During her time in New York City, she produced a monthly showcase called the Underground Artists Live, which was meant to create a safe haven for emerging artists to develop their craft in a supportive environment. Every month musicians and music lovers would gather in the basement of a sushi restaurant on St. Marks street and experience something truly special and one of a kind. She created a vast community of artists in the 3 years the event ran and continues those relationships today. Underground Artists Live also had an FM radio show for about 6 months in 2012, which Lola [Lonna] and her good friend and co producer, Liz Morin DJ-ed and hosted.
After 7 long years in New York City, Lola decided it was time to move on and give Los Angeles a run for it's money. She packed the car and drove out west on a cross country tour. She had the opportunity to perform at The Listening Room [Nashville], both the House of Blues in Houston and Dallas and ended her tour at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. She spent her first year in Los Angeles playing shows with her 7 piece band. Some highlights were the House of Blues, The Standard Hotel, The Mint, Room5 and, her all time favorite, the Hotel Cafe. The next year was dedicated to recording and collaborating with local producers that could take her sound to the next level. She worked with Will Golden (Meiko, Matt Nathanson) on a three song EP [The Worst has just begun, 2014] and with Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, REM), who's tracks will begin release in 2016.
In the beginning of 2015, Lola had her released catalogue signed with the Viacom networks (Mtv,VH1) when her music got accepted through a pitch-a-thon via Spony Online. Her song 'Drifting' has been included on indie film soundtracks, won 1st Runner Up in the Song of the Year contest and 'Drifting''s music video has been accepted to various music video film festivals in Los Angeles. Most recently in October, Her unreleased song 'Blue Bird' won first prize in the Big Hook competition founded by Fiverr.com, Songspace and American Songwriting Magazine. She won a trip to Nashville to record 3 songs with producer Bobby Campbell and meet with industry professionals from BMI (Penny Gattis), Secret Roads (Katie Jelen) and Spotify/Nesta Music (Robby Towns), among others. She also had the opportunity to co-write with Nashville songwriters Louisa Wendorff, Daphne Willis and Justin Halpin.
On any given day you can find Lola in her home studio writing . Whether it's a song for her, another artist, a collaboration with a producer or even a jingle, she's spends her time creating content. Her original jingles have been recognized by companies like Paypal and in 2014, Dropbox enjoyed her jingle so much, they flew her out to their quarterly keynote and opened the conference with her video jingle.
Lola Rhodes will be releasing new music through out the entire span of 2016 with a pre-release of her single 'Marina del Rey' happening December 2015.less