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Who is Lani?

Lani is a Colombian-American singer/songwriter and self-taught keyboardist based in Des Moines, Iowa. Always at her disposal have been her catchy melodies and lyrical hooks, documenting the stories of her soul, along with a delicate yet powerful voice that has the power to touch every heart it comes across. There is beauty in love and an equal amount of beauty in pain, and through her songwriting and her performances, Lani captures what it means to be beautifully vulnerable.

Lani's Story

Being born in Florida, raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and being a first-generation child of Colombian immigrants, Lani has never quite fit in with any particular group of people. Her home was in one place, with her roots in another. In a sea of reds with blood of blues, Lani’s identity glows purple. How do you explain color to someone who has never seen color before when you can barely understand the differences yourself?

Lani’s mission is to connect to multiple communities through her songwriting and her performances. With bits of her heart settled in a wide variety of genres (ranging from pop, Latin, rock, metal, EDM, jazz, and many more), she hopes to bring a little bit of everything to those who experience her live performances. She also hopes to create a discussion around the power of music as a healing power; and how authenticity through music is the key to connecting with others, healing emotional scars, and understanding oneself. Music heals, and Lani strives to connect to the communities around her through the experience of musical healing. She has now developed her own motto for her songwriting journey: ‘Music for the soul, from the soul’.

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What else does Lani do?

Lani is also involved with multiple musical groups in the Des Moines area. She is the keyboardist for the Latin combo band Son Peruchos and the fiddler duo Dueling Fiddles in their full band. 

Lani sings at Plymouth Church as a keyboard vocalist in the Saturday night band for Saturday night service. She has also sung with First United Methodist church as the choir section leader and worship songleader. 

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