Lara George has a voice like an angel. So it’s a good thing that she sings gospel if not someone up there might want their voice back. I was first introduced to Lara’s music by my cousin this summer. She handed me her first two CDs, ‘Forever in my Heart’ and ‘Lara George’, as going away gifts the day I was returning to the US from Lagos, Nigeria. Two weeks later when she asked me what I thought, I guiltily admitted that I hadn’t listened to them yet. I had purchased another artist and was enjoying that album.
Two weeks later when she asked again, I was in awe! Not only had I listened to both CDs, I had also bought her last album, ‘Higher’, and was gushing about Lara’s music to anyone and everyone I knew. I even wrote a lengthy exposé to my high school alums because Ms. George had also gone to Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, urging them to go buy her CDs. Now she is on my iPhone, my iPod, my iPad, my MacAir, my iMac (yes, I admit I bit into the apple and have never looked back), and in my car, because I just can’t get enough. All her songs are good but so far, my favorites are ‘O Ti Se’ (Yoruba for God has done it) and ‘Dansaki’ (Hausa for praise). Lara George is young, gifted and black (Lorraine Hansberry, Nina Simone).
Recently, we spoke to Ms. George (30mins):
Ms. George has won several international and national awards including the Nigeria Entertainment Award (New York) for Best Gospel Artiste of the Year 2010 and 2011, the Hip Hop World Award (now known as Headies) for Best Female Vocals 2010, the Nigerian Gospel Music Award (NMA), and many more. She is a member of the Voting Academy of BET International and Vice President of Soforte Entertainment Distribution Ltd., Nigeria’s premier entertainment distribution company.
Listen to some of Lara’s songs here:
I Am Glad by Lara George
Dansaki by Lara George