Gift of Love
'beautiful and heartfelt' David Friedman 'Norman Lasiter provides guileless, unaffected vocals combined with the tastefully spare arrangements of the singular Christopher Marlowe---the answer to a singer's prayers.' Scott Barnes 'Norman's honest interpretations shine through with emotion and clarity.' Christopher Marlowe It seems I've been singing since the day I was born. My favorite activity as a child was singing along to all my favorite 45's in my bedroom of my hometown - Greenwood, Indiana. Being a very shy child, I kept my love of singing a secret. Fortunately, I had the courage to participate in our award-winning high school band in order to have an outlet for my love of music. Once high school ended, I attended IUPUI - a community college in Indianapolis, Indiana. During my two years there I became anxious to fulfill my dream of singing. An encouraging high school friend who was studying music at Butler University finally convinced me to give it a try. The following four years as a voice major at Butler were incredibly eye-opening and rewarding. Even though I was beginning to have dreams of moving to New York City, I opted instead to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee. I continued to grow during those three years - mostly by getting involved in local community theater. I finally moved to New York City and remained there for fifteen years. I didn't have the theatrical success I desired, but I had thirteen wonderful years as an employee of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. One of the highlights during those years was the exciting opportunity to record 'This Holiday Dream' at Sony Music Studios for the Sony Music Special Products label. I now live in Palm Springs, California. I fulfilled a lifelong dream shortly after relocating by recording my first solo CD at Private Island Trax in Hollywood, CA. It was the culmination of two years of hard work with Christopher Marlowe - my musical director and arranger. Chris is a brilliant musician and it was a thrill to be a part of and a witness to his creative genius. Much to my delighted surprise, I have become a respected and popular singer in the Palm Springs area. I have met some wonderful and supportive people locally who believe in my talent. I am very grateful to them for helping me to believe in myself and to provide me with many unexpected opportunities. My CD is a sincere reflection of my life experiences, whether they were painful or joyous. Music has always been and continues to be a beautiful gift of love for me. I hope that each of you will interpret each song with your own lifetime of valuable experiences. Norman.