keri 1FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (8/8/14) — Singer, songwriter Keri Lancaster moved to Kentucky a year and three months ago, from Fort Drum, N.Y., when her husband was stationed at Fort Campbell.

“I have been playing the guitar for about 10 years,” said Lancaster. “The first song I learned how to play was ‘On the Road Again.’ I didn’t actually start singing until the fall of 2011… it kind of just happened.”

Lancaster has always had a passion for music. She started out on the piano and moved on to the guitar.

“I have always wanted to play music,” said Lancaster. “My grandfather played guitar and my mom was really big into music. At first, I took piano lessons for about six years, then I had a friend who was learning guitar and I was like, ‘I want to do that, too.’”

After four years of guitar lessons, Lancaster stopped playing for a while.

“I took lessons for about four years and then I stopped,” said Lancaster. “I picked it back up again in 2011. I’m not really good at the guitar, I know the basic stuff. I just have to have the guitar in order to sing.”

The first song Lancaster wrote was about a family member she loved and lost.

“What got me back into my music, was in 2011, my sister-in-law passed away,” said Lancaster. “Then I wrote a song about her, which got me started in writing my own music.”

At first, Lancaster wrote the song for herself as a healing process, but then sent the song to her sister.

“I wrote this song for myself,” said Lancaster. “Then I sent it to my sister and she was like, ‘I hope you’re not mad at me, but I just put it up on Facebook.’”

Lancaster’s new album, “The Hallway Sessions,” was recorded in her apartment.

“We actually recorded the new album in my apartment hallway,” said Lancaster. “We closed two of the doors in the hallway and setup the mic … it sounded pretty well in there. We were originally supposed to record in this old wooden schoolhouse, but it didn’t work out.”

The album was inspired by shared stories and personal endeavors.

“This album was inspired by people’s lives,” said Lancaster. “I would watch people or they would tell me about their personal problems and of course problems from my own life.”

“The Hallway Sessions” will be released later this month and consists of nine original songs.

Lancaster’s first single off the album is called, “Tonight,” which is a song she wrote for her husband.

“I wrote ‘Tonight’ two years ago,” said Lancaster. “I wrote it thinking about my husband and us just being together.”

Lancaster encourages those who are getting started to continue to follow their dreams no matter what people may say.

“Keep doing what you want to do,” said Lancaster. “Don’t let other people put you down by saying, ‘oh that’s all you know,’ or anything like that. It can really mess with you mentally.”

To hear more music by Keri Lancaster, visit https://soundcloud.com/independentearmusic/tonight-by-keri-lancaster or https://www.facebook.com/KeriLancasterMusic.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY Lead News Reporter
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