Born in Los Angeles and raised in Switzerland, Lori Lieberman expressed her feelings early on in journals and in song. Her early musical influences began with Donovan, Francoise Hardy, and Dionne Warwick. Her inspirations shifted when her sister returned from college in Maine, and gifted Lori with her favorite music from the U.S. which included Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Tom Rush. “I finally felt at home with their musical sensibilities and their writing really reached into my heart,” she says. She began to write her own material, playing in high school bands and later in college in Boston, before landing her first record deal with Capitol Records in the early 70s.
Lieberman went on to record five more albums for Capitol (Lori Lieberman, Becoming, A Piece of Time, Straw Colored Girl, and The Best of Lori Lieberman), which featured a young Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Merry Clayton and members of the LA Express. She toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, along with Billy Joel, Randy Newman, John Sebastian, and others. She is best known for writing the hit song Killing Me Softly.
As music trends shifted, Lori focused on raising her three children and music took a backseat. 15 years later, she broke her hiatus and returned to work with producer and audiophile, Joseph Cali. A Thousand Dreams captured her two-mic live experience and was nominated for a Golden Note Award for the Best Original Recording of the Year. It featured performances by Amanda McBroom, Paulinho da Costa, Chuck Delmonico, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Dean Parks. Two more CDs followed: Home of Whispers and Gone is the Girl.
Of primary importance to Lori is the current resurgence of her music in the Netherlands. Having performed there in the 70s, she was surprised to learn via the internet that her colleagues and listeners were still there, welcoming her back after so long, supporting her through her sold out concert tours and multiple CD releases. She looks forward to performing there every year.