Lara Landon is a singer/songwriter and a founding member of New Reality International as well as an advocate who raises awareness about the work of NRI both nationally and internationally.
Lara's debut album, Beloved, was produced by GRAMMY® award-winning talent Michael Omartian (Amy Grant, Christopher Cross, Rod Stewart). If Beloved conveyed Landon’s revelation about who are in Christ, her second full length project, Overcome, which iTunes named “one of the top Christian albums of 2012”, speaks to our authority as His beloved to triumph over life’s most difficult circumstances. Lara has taken that message on tour and abroad, serving the least of these with New Reality International, the non-profit she and her sister co-founded in 2006.
“Being on the road, sharing my songs with people in different settings, has allowed me to see the real needs they have,” shares Landon. “I was able to see how they were hurting, how they needed encouragement, and how God was moving in similar ways all across the world.”
Meeting needs firsthand, whether it be in Haiti visiting the children at NRI's PROJECT 7 Children's Village or in church singing, is a significant part of the Riverside, California-native’s ministry and has undoubtedly had a profound effect on her. But Lara says that the depth of her songwriting was most influenced by the three years she spent singing at Nashville’s House of Prayer. “I loved the world that opened up to me at The House of Prayer,” says Landon. “I never thought I could sing and pray for hours on end. I learned how to make up Scripture songs on the spot, and I began to feel the depth that could come from using God’s Word to pray and intercede.” The songs on her new record reflect Lara’s time spent in the Word and a sensitivity to the needs and diversity of her fans.
In March of 2013 Lara became the Worship Director at Birmingham’s House of Prayer where she led live worship sets three days a week. “I never would have chosen to leave Nashville to move to Birmingham but God made it so clear that I went out of obedience and soon found out it was one of the best choices I ever made” Landon shares.
Upon returning to Nashville, Lara teamed up with producers Otto Price, Michael Farren and Evan Sieling to begin recording her new, fan-funded project. The album was released and distributed by The Fuel Music (Gungor, John Mark McMillan, TFK, Bethel Music) in August of 2014, titled by its first single There Is Grace. This 11 song album boasts writing credits from some of Christian music’s finest writers including Michael Farren (Let It Rain). Lara produced two of the tracks.
Whether she’s meticulously crafting lyrics or ministering to the physically and spiritually needy, authenticity reigns supreme with Lara. Her main goal is to be an intermediary. “I’ve learned over the past few years that my job, and success to me, is connecting people with God and connecting God with people—whether that be through hands-on service, or a simple melody that I’m playing on the piano,” she says. “I’m a connector, and if I’m doing my part correctly, I will disappear and leave people face-to-face with their own heart and the heart of God.”