Lana Crowster is a singer, composer, arranger based in Cape Town, South Africa. Lana started singing at the age of 2 and began her career in performance at the tender age of 6, entering numerous competitions and international Eisteddfods. At only 9 years old, Lana was awarded a gold medal for achieving the highest percentage in her age group at the Tygerburg International Eisteddfod and continued to achieve honours and highest honours awards for singing well into her early teens. At 13, Lana joined the award-winning choir of The Settlers High School where she featured as a soloist. At 14, she was asked to join The Belhar Music Collective, a locally based youth jazz band facilitated by Keith Tabisher, in which her love for the genre was cultivated. At 15 years old, Lana was introduced to another future love when she joined The Artscape Youth Jazz Big Band in 2003. Under the tutelage of Dr Mike Rossi and Darryl Andrews, exposure to this art form inspired her to further her knowledge of jazz, bebop and swing in its entirety.
Academically, Lana holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Jazz Vocal Performance, which she achieved with distinction, from the University of Cape Town. Lana has worked as a lead vocalist in numerous jazz, pop and cover bands as well as her own original projects, as a session musician & voice over artist, appearing in many radio and television advertisements, as a backing vocalist for renowned local and international artists, and also as a music educator to secondary and tertiary level students.
In 2014 she released her debut EP entitled “SEASONS” independently. Co-produced by Lana and award winning Jazz pianist Bokani Dyer, “SEASONS” is a blend of inspirations and influences of her musical past, commentary on the present while evoking emotions through her compelling story-telling style.
Lana is currently a contestant on the first ever season of reality talent show, The Voice South Africa. She will also be showcasing her musical prowess as part of the line-up for the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival after winning ESP Afrika’s “ESP Young Legends” Competition.
Photo cred: Tatyana Levana, Marlon Du Ploooy, Gareth Smith, Aqeel Hartley, Mikhial Frantz, Kim Crowie, Tashinga Mutakwa and Gregory Franz
Lana has shared the stage and studio with many local and international artists including George Benson, with whom she performed at the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival as part of his Tribute to Nat King Cole show which wowed local audiences on the Kippies main stage. 2011 saw Lana performing alongside Josh Groban on the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth legs of his sold out ‘Straight To You’ tour. Locally, Lana has toured regularly with afro-pop sensation Toya Delazy and indie rock icon Arno Carstens. In 2011 Lana was asked to provide backing vocals for 20 of the biggest names in Afrikaans music during the Skouspel Plus festival at the Grand Arena at Grand West Casino. This concert included the likes of Kurt Darren, Elvis Blue, Heinz Winkler, Nianell and Bobby Van Jaarsveld. In 2012 Lana shared the stage with the Africa Voices Ensemble as they provided the backdrop for Karen Zoids’ “Under the Covers” show at Theatre on the Bay. This led to further backing vocal encounters with Karen Zoid including performances on the SAFTA Award-winning talk show Die Republiek Van Zoid Afrika on KykNet and its’ spin-off concert at Coetzenberg Stadium as part of the 2016 Woordfees. She has performed with electro-dance trio Goodluck on numerous occasions (Rocking the Daisies, Loved Up in the Garden, Live@5 on 5FM) and is also credited on their SAMA nominated album “Creatures of the Night” as a backing vocalist. Zaki Ibrahim, Die Antwoord, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Emo Adams, Francois Van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar), Chad Saaiman, Lisa Kekuala (Bassment Jaxx - USA), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds - USA), Matthew Gold, Sharon Kips (The Belgian X-Factor Winner), Vicky Sampson, Jimmy Earl Perry, Karen Kortje, Soweto Kinch (UK), Amanda Tiffin, Phil Fearon (UK), Mario Ogle, The Black Ties, Kahn Morbee (Parlotones) round out the list of prolific artists Lana has had the immense pleasure of working with.