February 11, 2023
Thank you so much for following along on my music journey, thank you for showing up to shows,
and thank you to the wonderful venues that booked the band and made our dreams come true.
I seriously cannot thank you all enough.
Check out some of our set from the Vixen in McHenry, December 2, 2022!
Country artist Lara Bell is a singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. She was born and raised with southern inspired roots, and since she was 16 years old, has performed hundreds of live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various well known venues. (Elkhorn Rib Fest, the Chicago Board of Trade, opener for country superstar Jameson Rogers at McHenry Fiesta Days, The RocHaus, The Raue Center for the Arts, Durty Nellies, Homegrown Arts and Music Festival, The Lake Geneva House of Music, Nikos Red Mill Tavern, Racine County Fair, Walworth County Fair, and many more). Lara is an accomplished musician of classical piano, acoustic guitar, and ukulele. Her genre diversity always captures the crowds attention. From country, to rock, to folk, to pop, she can do just about anything to please an audience. Fans have compared Lara’s voice to the queen of country music herself, Miss Dolly Parton, along with Miranda Lambert, Jewel, Ingrid Michaeslon, Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, and Joni Mitchell. Along with being a songwriter and gig performer, Lara is also a professional actress/EMC cardholder in the Chicagoland area, and has been training as a triple threat since she was 5 years old. Audiences often mention how expressive she is onstage, and how her musical theatre training shines through when entertaining a crowd. Lara Bell is a special act you won’t want to miss. She performs with her rockin' band and as a solo artist.
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Hailing from Brisbane Australia, Sean originally started his music career studying jazz saxophone at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. After moving abroad with stints in Europe and Asia Sean eventually found his way to Chicago in 2020 where he can be found producing local singer songwriters, playing saxophone at downtown nightclubs and slinging his fender telecaster with the Lara Bell Band.
Multi-instrumentalist Craig Schwartz Jr. resides in Northern Illinois. From fixing garage doors to playing live venues, this hunk of a man will “get ‘er done”. Born into a musical family, he found a love for learning and performing with various instruments. In the Lara Bell Band, he plays bass and sings harmonies as well as accompanies some of her solo shows on the cajon.
Dean Sinclair is a professional drummer/percussionist based in Chicago, IL. Having been given a toy drum as a toddler, he is proud to say he has no memories of his life that predate his favorite instrument. Starting lessons at the age of 6, he has grown into a sought after live musician, studio artist, and educator servicing Chicagoland and beyond. He can be found backing Lara Bell, for whom he’s played for since 2020, in addition to acts such as August Hotel, Capital Soiree, Midamerican Elevator, and The Mackenzie O’Brien Band. Dean is also a graduate of McHenry Community High School and Hillsdale College.
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