Lori is the owner of ‘Cotton Candy Express Music’ entertaining children and families for 30 years. She was the #1 Bay Area Cartoon Host over a span of 15 years on KTVU Fox Kids and WB20 Kids. Her musical teaching experience has giving her the opportunity to be a music director for several plays and Glee Clubs. Her original plays are being performed throughout the bay area. Lori was born in Brooklyn, New York. Went to Los Angeles for third through sixth grade, and back to Brooklyn for half of junior high, then back to Los Angeles to finish up junior high in The Valley, and back again to Brooklyn for most of High School at Madison High. It was Culture Shock going from Brooklyn to Palo Alto High in 1970. She was involved with early TheatreWorks then called the Palo Alto Community Theater working with very talented actors and singers. Palo Alto and the 70’s bay area music scene became a place for her to showcase her talent, go to college, earn degrees in Broadcast Communication Arts and Music from Foothill College and San Francisco State University. She has studied with Roland Wyatt, Vocal Coach to the Manhattan Transfer, favorite vocal band.
It was at Foothill College where Lori joined the established well-known Vocal Jazz program with the Foothill College Fanfairs, under the direction of internationally recognized Roger Letson. She sang with the Fanfairs, the Madrigal’s, the Choir and was heavily involved in the Theatre Arts as well. Those were amazing times!
Growing up in Brooklyn, Lori’s family dinners always revolved around music where that was the norm and focus. Her great-great grandfather was a concert violinist; her great-grandmother was a concert pianist; her grandfather played the violin and her father is an artisan who also play violin, mandolin and guitar. Lori’s dad showed her how to play guitar when she was 4 years old. Her folk music and Broadway musical roots took a turn when she first heard Lambert, Hendricks & Ross sing Count Bassie. She flipped for vocal jazz. Playing folk guitar was her love then and now. But rock’n’roll was also part of her fabric and found it easier to be in a rock band.
Lori has worked in bay area radio, television, newspaper and magazines since 1978. As the Creative Director at KGSC-TV “The Perfect 36” in San Jose Lori was able to do all the jobs in a television station. She was called the “:30 second queen” writing some of the bay area’s iconic commercials. Think editorial for Carol Doda and many more. Lori also worked in promotions at KITS Radio before it was LIVE105, KTSF Channel 26 and Runner’s World Magazine and Fit Magazine.
Lori is an award-winning professional singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist and character actor. She writes music, stories and plays for kids and has developed CD’s, DVD’s and other musical products with an occupational therapist. Her passion and enthusiasm for her gifts of connecting and performing for kids and families is obvious when you see her beaming on stage and touching everyone with her talents.
- Bachelor of Art Degree – Broadcast Communication Arts – San Francisco State University, Magna Cum Laude
- Foothill College, Associate of Arts Degree – Music and Drama
- Certified Aerobic Instructor
- Created Yoga Fitness Fusion For Kids
- Certified Aroma Therapist
- CPR Certified
- World Dance Fusion Teacher
- NIA Enthusiast