"Hurricane" is the title of Liz Larin's new album -- and an apt description for the Birmingham-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist's approach to her work these days.
A child prodigy, the multiple Detroit Music Award-winner has spent more than three decades playing in a variety of formats, including national recording deals for her band, Rebel Heels, and as a solo artist. More recently she's worked not only in rock and pop but also electronic and classical, releasing music via her own label, Bona Dea Music.
"I've shed most of the material things in my life," says Larin, whose husband, guitarist Robert Tye, works with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and around the Detroit jazz community. "I was looking around and thinking that we're living in such a materialistic world, and that just didn't feel right to me. All I need is good tools for creating good music and visuals. I've just chosen the path to be an artist and make that my life right now and be happy accumulating music and not things anymore.
"I've just learned that things don't make you happy. For me, being creative every day makes me happy. I said, 'There's got to be a way to do that?,' and that's my focus right now."
With the conceptual "Hurricane," meanwhile, Larin has gone head-first back into rock and pop music with a highly accessible but still heady collection of songs she co-produced and recorded at her own studio. Larin still has other projects in the works, including a yoga CD and a meditation album, and she's actively marketing her songs for licensing in film and television. But "Hurricane" has become an all-consuming endeavor.
"I realized I was writing so many different types of music; I had to pick one for awhile and stick to it," Larin says. "I do compose and do a lot of instrumental music and electronic music and things like that, but 'Hurricane' really represents what life feels like right now. I love a great pop song and a great hook that's really melodic and singable, and that's what I gave into this time.
"I really like musicians and artists that try to push things, pus the envelope a bit. I just expect more of myself this time and pushed myself to craziness, and I'm really happy with the way it came out."
Liz Larin celebrates the release of her new album, "Hurricane," on Friday, May 30, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Antigone Rising opens. Admission is $15. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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