Dr. Lori Franke-Hopkins ~ Digital Professional Portfolio
The Music in Me...
The Artist...Lori Franke
Lori Franke is not your typical grassroots country singer. Born and raised in Calhoun County, Illinois, this former Marine and mother of three has been singing nearly her whole life. "I've been singing in front of large groups of people since I was 18," Franke said, "but I just had a lot of other things to do before I could get to this point in my life and devote more time to it." This country singer with an acute sense of style and tenacity for entertaining enjoys performing at various venues around the area.
Franke gained local exposure with her debut release Sometimes, on the MW Production/Records label in November of 2004. Public response to the album was overwhelming. On the strength of tracks such as "Baby Wake Up" and "If Love Doesn't Matter," the CD began selling at a rapid pace. Lori's music sparked a lot of interest on various independent music Internet sites and was also featured on various play lists on Internet radio, WSMI being the most supportive! "I was blessed to have some of the finest songwriters/musicians in the area working with me on this project," says Franke. "I also had a supportive radio market to help me share what I love." While Franke enjoys playing out, she was more interested and song writing and performing locally so she could focus on being a mom, wife, and professional educator -- contributing to the world in a much bigger way by impacting kids positively.
The Band...Miles Station
Franke has found her niche in music entertainment by hooking up with five very talented musicians, creating a very important link to her family - Miles Station Band. The band is comprised of base player and vocals Chris Hammann, Eric Cooper on lead guitar and vocals, John Hand on keys and vocals, Mike Musgrove on drums, and Jerry Price on rhythm guitar and vocals. Franke agrees that Miles Station is the "best support system one could have as all the musicians are extremely talented and have vocal abilities as well, making the musical fill a wonderful arrangement with every song." Miles Station is a high-energy variety band playing original songs written by Franke and well as those on Franke's Sometimes. They also perform current and traditional cover tunes with an innovative flare.