“Stage presence is a key to everything I’ve done musically,” Bell said. “While I predominately focus on my country music career, I recognize that my theatrical background really helps with my showmanship. For the last few years, I have been balancing both careers, working as a professional actress in the Chicago … area and a country songwriter. From 2018-2019, I was in about six [or] seven productions, all while working full time and performing gigs on the weekend. It is definitely a grind. But since the pandemic has awfully canceled all live theater until further notice, music has been my main focus lately, and the outcome has been outstanding.”
Bell clearly has her head on her shoulders.
“I want to see where my music career can take me,” Bell said. “You have to have confidence to succeed. And you can never succeed, if you don’t try.”
In addition to her singing career, Bell teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele through the Lara Bell School of Music.
“Music is like a second language," Bell said. "Anyone who puts their mind to it, can learn music. I love sharing what I’ve learned. Music is a gift that keeps on giving.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Lara Bell's Illinois concerts
VENUES: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at D.C. Cobb's in Woodstock; and 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at D.C. Cobb's in McHenry
INFO: Upcoming schedule appears at www.facebook.com/acousticlara