Lana Chalfoun is a 16 year-old award-winning singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, MI, whose music bridges acoustic and pop genres. Her debut album, “Aware,” released during the summer of 2019, and her enthusiastically attended release concert of the same name that September, garnered the attention of the local music scene, and she was recently chosen as one of the “Five Bands to Watch in 2020” by Revue Magazine, West Michigan! Lana’s amazing voice, sounding far more mature than her years, and her obvious songwriting talent has given rise to comparisons of her music to that of Taylor Swift and Halsey. Chalfoun has been recognized locally, appearing on Wood TV’s eightWest and Fox 17’s Morning Mix, as well as receiving attention and accolades from the music industry from New York to LA!
A true prodigy, Chalfoun wrote and recorded her first EP, “In The Making,” at the age of 11. At that time, her songs addressed issues relevant to kids her age, such as bullying, in her uplifting pop-rock anthem, “Just Be You,” and working hard to pursue your dreams in “Dream Big.” Chalfoun was invited by several local and statewide organizations to perform and speak to youth about her anti-bullying message and work ethic. During this early period, she also was the lead singer and guitarist for a local youth pop-rock band called Meltdown Cinema. They gained a loyal fan-base and had their greatest success with a fundraising concert to benefit hurricane victims in the fall of 2017 called “Rock the Storms,” which was promoted and featured in local media. In 2018, Meltdown Cinema participated in a PBS talent show “Celebration of Music,” finishing as semi-finalists.
In 2018, Chalfoun’s original song, “Bring Them Home” won the grand prize for the nationwide contest, “Creating on the Margins,” instituted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Campaign addressing the plight of migrants and refugees. She was invited to perform her song in front of the National Conference and acted as the ambassador for this campaign. That same year, she was invited to attend Judy Stakee’s singer-songwriter camp in NYC, as one of the youngest students ever accepted.
Chalfoun’s “Aware” album released in the summer of 2019, and consisted of 7 songs including the powerful guitar driven pop-ballad “Ruby,” and the modern and haunting “Broke Me,” both addressing the challenges in youth relationships. Chalfoun is currently working on two new singles, with themes including the unique anxiety experienced by young artists trying to prove themselves in her single “Be OK,” which will debut in a music video shot recently in NYC, and with the emotionally charged “Cut Off,” describing the pain of betrayal in a love relationship.
A unique anxiety experienced single about young artists trying to prove themselves
Video filmed at 393 New York, NY
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