A Professional Talented and Versatile Solo Vocalist with over 17 years professional Performing experience on a variety of stages. My repertoire is broad-including swing, jazz, pop, & top 40 Hits. More than than that-I absolutely happy to learn new material too! I bring classy, vibrant, romantic, beautiful timeless music to your event with top quality sound and a passion for making it how YOU want it! Whether it be sentimental romantic tunes for walking down the aisle, or a show-stopping performance for your high profile event...I am confident that I will bring you everything you need and more! Please don't hesitate to call me to see how I can make your special occassion spectacular!
Loved seeing Lara in Okotoks. I sincerely hope our much better venue the RPAC centre will host you one night. The acoustics are great there.
Lara is an absolute delight to work with, and a very talented vocalist/performer. She has a beautiful voice, we always receive rave reviews/feedback from our clients who Lara has performed for.
We have worked together now on several events, Lara has always been incredibly professional and ready to take on any challenge.
Our most recent event was a themed Christmas party, in which we had requested Lara to sing inside a giant inflatable globe. She was so gracious to accept this challenge and did an amazing job with her performance.
I would highly recommend Lara for any event whether it be singing at a wedding, corporate event, cocktail party or any other event requiring live music.
Lara sang at my wedding. She was extremely professional from start to finish. She liaised directly with my venue coordinator and wedding coordinator to make sure she had what she needed, she brought the equipment she needed and did a sound check prior.
She was beautifully dressed and enigmatic. She absolutely held the audience. I love the breadth and feeling of her voice, she commands the room and you can really feel the words and melody. She has years or professional and international experience. Absolutely superb! Goosebumps!!
What to Expect
An elegant, sophisticated, experienced performer who performs with top quality tracks and equipment. Versatile and diverse-Lara's repertoire of songs spans from the 1940's swing to present pop chart songs. Chosen according to the mood and vibe of the event, Lara hand picks her set lists to ensure you get the look and feel of music that works with your special event. Whether it's sophisticated swing, jazz and ballads for a cocktail set or romantic songs for walking down the aisle-or fun, vibey music to welcome guests; a choreographed featured show or theme-specific tunes (Like Marylin Monroe/Cher/Gatsby/Musicals-through-the-ages/Jazz-Greats tribute shows)-you feel safe in the capable and professional hands of Lara Thomas, who comes prepared to WOW her audiences time and time again.
Lara Thomas is an experienced Vocalist, who epitomizes professionalism, talent and musicality on stage. Her background of solid classical training, extensive tertiary contemporary training in music, singing and performance have stood her in good stead.
Lara completed a Musicianship and Management Higher National Diploma at the Allenby Campus (now Damelin) Contemporary Music School with 13 Distinctions and Top Vocal student award to ensure her career started on the right foot.
A mere 3 weeks after completing her studies in 2000 she began performing at Venues like Caesars palace, and within a month was whisked off to Dubai to perform at a Five Star Hotel for 8 months, performing 6 nights a week with a highly experienced band . This formed the beginning of some serious performing experience in bands, in shows and doing solo work-all around the country.
For the last ten years, Lara has performed in numerous singing and dancing extravaganza shows at Carnival City and Carousel Casino where she has sang and danced her way into the hearts of many an audience.
These shows included “Sisters sentimental-the Andrew sisters tribute” “Let the Good times Roll”, “Lets Party”, “Body Talk”, “Hot in the City” ,“Decades” ,“Sexy Back”, “X-tasy”, “Decades” “Simply Irresistible” and “I Have a Dream-The Abba Tribute” where she worked alongside people like Tamara Day, Kreesan, Veronique Lalouette, Clayton Schlimper, Mike Todd, Emmanuel Castis, Mia, Duane Rockwell, Alison Pucci, Lee Rath and many more.
Other Corporate Shows along the way have included work with the following artists: Robin Walsch, Kreesan, Jennifer Jones, Joe Clark, Veronique Lalouette, Mia, Timothy Maloi, Duane Rockwell, Vange Coker, Christine Mantsua, Strini Pillay and performed at just about every venue around the country including “Sun City Superbowl”, “Sandton Convention Centre”, “The Michaelangelo”, “Sandton Sun”, “Summer place”, Carnival city, “Gold Reef City” and “Carousel” and many more for over seventeen years now.
She has toured the country numerous occasions as part of a road shows performing industrial theatre, directing and managing the artists, assuming role of “emcee” and giving PowerPoint presentations on behalf of the company to management in Nedbank.
She has performed for the Prince of Jeddah numerous times, as well as managed and sourced artists to perform and co-ordinated and conceptualized the entertainment for him in the Seychelles on numerous tours.
She lectured vocal subjects for first and second year pupils at Damelin’s Contemporary Music College for over 14 Years. Her subjects of expertise included:
Stage Performance 1st & 2nd yr, Vocal Technique 1st & 2nd Yr; Vocal Physics, Improvisation 1st & 2nd Yr, Harmony 1st Year, Teachers Training 2nd Yr, One on One Coaching. Having coached for this amount of time, she is able to help Students find not only the technique needed to be a skilled and versatile vocalist, but also the performing skills from the years of experience and ‘currency’ of her career.
Lara has had several of her students reach the top 4 of Idols South Africa(Bokkie Ntsime and Daniel Buys), as well as coached several well-known artists in South Africa- just a confirmation of the outstanding level of work she has done as a lecturer and vocal coach.
Being someone with a keen interest in helping students to find the confidence and assurance they need to get going, Lara always placed a large amount of effort into helping students on a personal level to overcome their fears and to help them reach for their dreams.
As Lara recognised the value of confidence in bringing out the best in her pupils, she gained interest in the potential benefit of ‘psychology’ in her approach to performance coaching.
Lara Completed her BA Counselling Psychology degree Cum Laude, achieving over 24 Distinctions out of 30 Subjects, and has used this deeper understanding of people & personal development to further advance her coaching skills with her students. She has also studied Train-the-Trainer; Assess-the-Trainer and Moderators’ courses to enable her to assess and train other educators and was actively involved with several Lecturer assessments at various Damelin College Campus’s.
Lara’s repertoire is extremely broad-ranging from soft Jazz Classics to Contemporary Popular Music, Jazz, Rock, Swing, Broadway classics and more. No Matter the age group of an audience, Lara has explored these genres extensively in her 16 years of performing to a variety of audiences and can offer an adaptable range of songs to meet any occassions’ needs.
With so many years behind her, she is also able to tailor make shows for specific events. Able to source her own tracks, Lara will happily learn any songs requested or required as well. Whether it’s an elegant Awards gala event, Sophisticated Cheese & Wine, Casual barbeque function, Birthday bash, Wedding, or fund-raiser-live entertainment always adds that something special to make it more memorable!
Lara recently immigrated to Canada after having her second child and is excited to get this leg of her journey going again in another country.
With her level of achievement, professionalism, talent and years of experience behind her, you can feel confident in the ability, talent and experience of this performer to provide a sophisticated and professional entertainment for any function!