The story thus far…
“Music, for me, has always reached deep within my inner being. It would then take me to another time and place. Often, I would be transported back in time to a specific location or era of my past. It would then bring with it all the feelings and emotions that went along with that memory. Music has it’s own form of “health and wellness” all wrapped up within the music, lyrics, and singer. A song will bring out many feelings and emotions in a person – maybe even bring out the best or the worst in a person, as well as connect them to other people.” Lorraine says of how music has personally affected her life.
“Songwriting for me is not only a way to share with others these “memories” of eras past but a way to bring hope, restoration, and healing to my listeners. My songs are vehicles in which a story is told. Still, they’re also my way of taking something subjective and making it objective. It allows me to move beyond whatever hardships or pain might have been the reason for the song in the first place. “If my music can help point people to the ONE who is the Healer & giver of all life, then I have done my part.” – Lorraine adds as to the motivation behind her songs. Her faith in Jesus Christ is the main focus of her songs.
She was born as Wendy “Lorraine” Allison (Mitchell) August 13, 1970. Born in Colorado Springs, Co, her father, was also a musician with the band “Simply Country.” He instilled in Lorraine from early childhood, a love for music. She was the youngest of four siblings that included an older half-sister. From early childhood, Lorraine would discover a natural ability to write lyrics, sing by ear, sing in any key, and sing with perfect pitch. She came from strong musical roots on both sides of her family. On her father’s side – he played guitar, sang, and on her mother’s side, a grandfather who was a brilliant fiddle player. At the age of 13, she would perform with her father and his band “Simply Country,” a well-loved song by the infamous Marty Robbins entitled “Tie Your Dream to Mine.” Lorraine would later go on to re-create that song as a tribute to her father and their only time performance together on stage.
Tragedy would befall her family, and that would be the vehicle used to start Lorraine on what she has termed “a musical journey.” At the age of 14, Lorraine lost her next to eldest sibling – her only brother, to a horrific car accident. With the death of her brother, Lorraine would write the lyrics to her 1st song, “Yeshua Love’s You.” There would be many more songs to follow, but no way in which to bring her songs to life with background music. Lorraine took piano lessons for a short time in her early childhood but never learned to play any other instrument. Thereby having no other means in which to put music to the lyrics and melodies she had written. That remained her main obstacle in completing her songs until 2014.
During her teens and early twenties, she was actively singing in church, summer fairs, and festivals, and any other “family-friendly” venue she could find. Singing only to accompaniment tracks, she sang other artists’ songs such as Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Bryan Duncan & others. Her vocal style has frequently been compared to such timeless Christian & secular artists as Amy Grant, Olivia Newton-John, Kate Bush, and Kathy Lee Gifford.
Due to other hardships and trials, she would walk through, singing all but went by the wayside. She stopped performing in church and other venues and settled down to raise three sons. She had resolved within herself that “It wasn’t God’s plan,” and she felt she had to accept His will for her life. Still, a deep yearning to sing smoldered somewhere deep inside her. In 2014 while attending a new church, God would re-ignite that flame and bring back her desire to sing and write music for Him.
Twenty years would pass by the time of 2014, bringing with it brand new opportunities and ways in which she did not need to know how to play an instrument, to create the music to her songs. The age of the internet was here, and with it brought brand new ways and opportunities in which music could be created. Because she possessed a natural ear for music, chord structuring & note placements were easy for her to learn. She took her gifts for music, her style for what musical sounds she liked, and started to create the music for all the songs that got left by the wayside some 20 years earlier. Hard work, many sleepless nights, a few tears along the way, and many prayers later, Lorraine would release three albums – “Best Part of Me,” “The Good Shepherd,” and her latest album “The Return of the King.”
Lorraine’s debut album “Best Part of Me” is a compilation of her early songs, from the time of her brother’s death in 1984 to more recent songs written in 2015. With her ability to sing and write across multiple genres, you will hear jazz, pop, R&B as well as some cultural crossovers from English to Hebrew. “There is a little bit of something for almost every genre of music lover out there,” Lorraine says of her debut album.
Her 2nd album, “The Good Shepherd” was birthed during extreme personal pain. It would be during the creation of this album that she would lose both her parents within ten months from one another. Her pain, sorrow as well as healing and hope can be heard in the songs from this album. Based on the Aaronic blessing from the book of Numbers, Lorraine adds a cultural crossover. Singing in both Hebrew & English for her song “Yahweh’s Blessing (A Priestly Blessing).” Also, on her 2nd album is a tribute to her father. She re-created the song she performed with him in 1983 entitled “Tie Your Dream to Mine,” adding to her album a country-western flair. , “The Good Shepherd” is sure to reach the hearts of those who have a love for all genres, but specifically jazz, pop, R&B, as well as country-western music.
Her 3rd album “The Return of the King” features several new artists who collaborated with her during the album creation. Artists appearing are Christian heavy metal bands “DAN,” “Sovereign Cross,” as well as the upcoming jazz artist Jordan Rogers – who is also her son. With her latest album release, Lorraine gives her listeners her best work yet. She steps up the tempo adding to the cultural crossover the sounds of Salsa, Mamba, Jazz, R&B, and the classic sounds of Contemporary Christian music.
Lorraine primarily remains a solo artist. She had this to say about where her music has taken her thus far, and the artists who are featured on her latest album – “I wouldn’t be here if it were not for Jesus Christ 1st and foremost. He brought particular people into my life to get me to where I am at today”.
Of the album contributor Jordan Rogers – “Jordan is an amazing and highly talented young jazz artist, with a natural ear for music. I do not say this simply because he is my son. His ability to create music from the depth of his soul or to re-create a piece he hears is truly a gift from God. I couldn’t be more proud to have him featured on my latest album”. Jordan performs the musical arrangement to her song “Right Where You Are.” Wishing to leave her son with a legacy, Lorraine wrote the words as an H.S. graduation gift to him.
Of the album contributor “DAN” – “Danny is one person God specifically brought into my life to help get me to this point and time in my music career. Even though Danny has his band (lead singer of a Christian heavy metal band), he will always be my band partner and producer. I couldn’t have done this without him”. Danny collaborated on the song production for many songs found on her new album, as well as singing lead and backup vocals for several of the songs.
Of the album contributor “Sovereign Cross” – “God also lead me to Gary B Sullivan (the 2nd Christian heavy metal band featured on her latest album). It would be their song “Holy Lord” that would be played at my father’s memorial service. The opportunity to sing my version of their songs, with their original music and background vocalists, was an honor for me”. Lorraine’s new album “The Return of the King” features two of “Sovereign Cross’s” original songs. Lorraine added a bonus track from her latest album “The Return of the King” on each of her previous albums.
“The journey is far from being over, & in many ways, it was only put on hold all those years ago. I do not know where God is leading me or where He will take me from this point forward – I only know that I am to follow Him,” says Lorraine as she looks towards the future and where her music is heading.