Posted by: pendrops | January 29, 2008



Bet you’re wondering what NWMWP stands for, huh? Well, dear Pendroppers, it’s a new category I’m excited to introduce to you.

(Drum roll, please…)

Non-weekly, Mid-Week Picks!

That’s right…the NWMWP gives me the chance to rave about my latest favorite things, from restaurants to books to wine to the greatest hair product ever. Nothing is off-limits – all that’s required is that it puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Oh, and it might not be weekly, but you already knew that.

On that note, let me kick off the inaugural NWMWP with a question: How do you know when someone is doing the very thing they were created to do?

Is it…

A. Observing their talent gives you goosebumps on your toe nails.

B. Said person harnesses their skill effortlessly – almost to the point where you say to yourself, “Hey, I could do that.”

C. Said person’s authenticity, kindness and humble confidence make you want to be their sister (or brother).

D. All of the above.

The answer is D. And I had the pleasure of experiencing all of the above last night while hearing newbie artist Lanae Hale share her exquisite songs and honest stories of life, love, redemption and hope.

The 24-year-old Florida native pronounces her words like Death Cab for Cutie frontman, Ben Gibbard; gives flight to her notes like Sarah McLachlan; and captivates every shred of your attention in a way few performers do.

It’s almost unheard of for an artist so new to Nashville to perform so flawlessly, so powerfully, but Lanae is the exception. Distinctly her own, an unparalleled talent, Lanae makes it clear to anyone who hears her that she is, quite simply, doing the very thing she was created to do.

Do yourself a gigantic favor this week and check out Lanae at her MySpace page to listen to a few of her haunting and memorable songs. Or just go straight to iTunes and buy her EP. You’ll be glad you hopped on the Lanae bandwagon early!



  1. I had the opportunity to recently share a plane ride with Lanae on Sunday the 13th of July from Traverse City Mich, she had me spellbound.
    I look for great things from this young lady in the near future.
    She was kind enough to give me a promo copy and I have played it all week.
    She has a gift and I am richer for having met her.

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