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Feb 12th

Timotha Lanae has fans overseas seeing 'RED'

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timotha redTimotha Lanae may not yet (the operative word being yet) be a household name in the Twin Cities, but go to London or Japan and she's a bona fide star.

With the pending July 2 United Kingdom and Japan releases of her debut CD, "RED," Lanae is all the rage overseas. Buoyed by the release of several singles off of the CD, preorders of "RED" have already sold out in London and Lanae is on a second printing of the 12-song project. Her single "People Pleaser" peaked at #6 on the UK soul music chart and a critic in Japan has hailed "RED" as the best CD of 2013 thus far. The Independent Chart Show in the UK has "RED" debuting at number one on its chart.

So how did this St. Paul product become an overnight sensation abroad? According to Lanae, she stepped out on faith.

"My manager, Ben Obi, used to do a lot of music in London and he kept saying, 'I feel like they would love you in London.' I wasn't quite sure at first, but we went and he was right," said Lanae who is preparing for her third trip within a year later this fall across the Pond. "In London there are so many outlets for soul music, so it's really great and wonderful to have all this excitement and buzz surrounding me. It's been a blessing."

"RED" is a beautiful collection of soul, jazz and R&B. A closely held project, Lanae wrote 10 of the 12 songs and Obi produced half of the tracks and mixed the entire project. Outstanding Twin Cities bassist, Yohannes Tona, lent his talent, producing five tracks, including collaborating on the production with Obi on "Talking To Myself," the first single released off of "RED."

timothalanaepromo2013aLanae got help from another soul music heavyweight, as Mint Condition's Stokley Williams croons on the song, "Radio." KMOJ's Walter "Q Bear" Banks, Jr. also cameos on the track.

So why "RED?"

"To me, red is a feeling, not a color," said Lanae. "Red evokes so much emotion, whether it's rage, power, love; the listener can decide. "Love and passion are the emotions at the top of my list with 'RED.'"

With so much success overseas, it seems shocking that Lanae hasn't garnered more acclaim in her hometown. But Lanae, who also is a star of stage and is finishing writing a musical, "REDdington," said her love for the Twin Cities runs deep and feels the love will soon be reciprocated.

"KMOJ really embraced 'Talking To Myself,' and Pete Rhodes of Black Music America has been a huge supporter. But the support in London has been so surreal, so you go where the support is and hope it trickles back here," said Lanae. "I'm a Minnesota girl all the way."

timothalanaepromo2013bThough there's no scheduled release date for "RED" in the United States, Lanae's singles are available on iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. For fans looking to see and hear Lanae perform, she will be performing at Rondo Days in July and during the Guthrie Theater's anniversary celebration.

For more information on Lanae, fans can visit her website, or

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