Once Upon A Tune...

...there was a little brown-eyed princess named Liz from a land called Massachusetts and what made her happy was performing all over the kingdom whether on land or distant seas.

"I was doing a summer drama program; I think I was around 7 years old. I got the part of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” so, of course, I had to have red hair. My dad went out and bought a red wig. My neighbor, who was only a couple years older than I was, decided that she wanted to “fix it”. Well, the entire time I was on stage, the bangs fell in my face and curled so that it looked like they were going up my nose. I was too nervous to move them, so the entire time I was on stage, it looked like I had a moustache. The home video is priceless,” recalls 19-year-old Liz Lohnes, fondly.

The princess learned and drew inspiration inside the castle walls of an all girls’ school…

"Going to an all girls’ school shaped who I am. I loved it there. I learned a lot and my friends were like sisters. The school aimed to make a strong woman in every one of their students. This is where one of my goals comes from. I want to inspire girls and young women. I am very dedicated to promoting good self-esteem and positive self-image. I was lucky to receive a scholarship from the United Divas Foundation. They encourage women to be positive role models and leaders. It was an honor to receive this award, especially because it is something I feel strongly about.

As the princess grew up into a strong, kind, and beautiful young woman she wanted to share her gift and tell all those that would hear about the things closest to her heart...

"Singing is my heart. I sing because it is a passion and an outlet. It’s the best way I know to express myself. I pour my heart into each note. My music defines who I am. It's soulful with a positive message. All of my songs are written based on experiences I've had. Anything the world can want to know about me can be found simply by listening carefully to my music." Liz reveals. "The story of my life is more like a series of short stories. Like most people, there are good stories, sad stories, and funny stories. Right now, music is my life story. I listen to it, study it, write it, and create it. When other people can relate to what I’m singing, to what I’m feeling, I feel like I’ve made a difference. Music is a powerful thing, and, if I can reach out to even just one person, it will be good. When someone tells me that one of my songs helped them through a situation, it is so rewarding. That’s what it’s all about, sharing the music, sharing the experiences and connecting with and inspiring others. I recorded a video for Special Kindness in Packages Inc. for Skip Cares, singing the national anthem. The videos are sent to the troops. I have heard from many of the soldiers who have seen the video. It is an honor to be able to thank our soldiers for doing what they do for our country."

The princess doesn't know if she will live happily ever after, but that's just part of the adventure…

"Right now, I am in the process of writing and recording new songs, working on a new CD. Meanwhile, I am performing as much as I can. Ultimately, I would like to land a recording contract with a major label. I know it is ambitious, but while I am finding my way through life, I plan on reaching for the stars. The philosophy of my high school is to teach their students to find a career path that will contribute to society. I plan on doing that with music. If you have a dream, don’t hold back. Go for it full throttle, no matter how impossible it seems."

| written by Joshua Schrader


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