The Top 10 LDS Musicians You’ve Never Heard Of, No. 4

Last time I talked about the fun garage antics of Fossil Fools and the 5th Friday Open Mic in Portland. This time, we move to a spookier kind of music. Her tale might seem out of place this time of year, until you get to know Kristen Lawrence. For her, Halloween is all year round.

Kristen Lawrence

Kristen Lawrence, Halloween musician extraordinaire, began her musical career as a young child. Her father is a pollster, who used his polling and survey experience to author a book called “How Americans View Mormonism: Seven Steps To Improve Our Image” , but he is also a pianist and organist. From his inspiration, a mother who drove her to organ lessons in a cathedral and an early love of classical music, Kristen Lawrence became a skilled and versatile keyboardist, playing both piano and organ.

Kristen was influenced early on by musicians such as J. S. Bach, Danny Elfman, Tori Amos, Loreena McKennitt, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. From such a variety of styles and artists, Kristen perfected her craft and found a spooky, unfulfilled niche in the modern music industry: Halloween.

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