The Kansas City Chorale, which has more than 20 singers, including Cabot native Laura Inman, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, which will be presented this weekend in Los Angeles.
Inman is a member of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and appeared with the Kansas City Chorale on their recording titled "Life and Breath."
Inman has sung 11 seasons with the Phoenix Chorale as a soprano. Inman studied voice and music education and the University of Louisville and holds a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Conducting at Arizona State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also a member of Ireland’s National Choir Anúna, directed by Michael McGlynn.
"I’m thrilled to be a part of this beautiful recording and honored to represent the choir at the Grammy’s," Inman said.
Released in June 2012, Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen is the first recording dedicated entirely to the music of René Clausen by a professional choir — and the first solo recording for the Kansas City Chorale on Chandos Records. The album also includes the world premiere recording of Clausen’s Mass for Double Choir. One of the most prolific choral composers of his time, René Clausen’s music is known by American choirs across the country – anyone that has sung in an American college, high school, community or church choir across the United States has performed his music.
Inman is a 1995 graduate of Cabot High School. She is the daughter of Paula Inman and the late Dr. Fred Inman of Cabot and the granddaughter of the late Dr. Fred and Sara Inman of Carlisle. She has beeen nominated for a Grammy 10 times on four different albums.
Inman attributes her musical endeavors to growing up in a musical family.
"I grew up constantly surrounded by music," she said. "My father, Fred Inman, had a beautiful bass/baritone voice and sang for many years in the Arkansas Chamber Singers, and always had a new instrument he was learning. My mother, Paula, is a talented pianist and was always playing in church (Cabot United Methodist Church). Both of my parents were devout members of the CUMC Chancel Choir, and all three of us (girls) were in the church youth choir until we graduated high school."
Inman said her parents encouraged her family to play in the Cabot High School Band and to take piano lessons.
"They supported us at every band contest and piano recital, as well as our sports games," Inman said. "Also, my grandmother, Sara Inman, was a great fan of choral music and sang for a number of years in the Choral Society in Little Rock."
Inman said friends would walk into her house and "inevitably someone would be singing, playing saxophone, Mom might be playing the piano, Dad might be playing banjo, and Manhattan Transfer (or Mozart) would be blaring on the stereo- all at the same time!"
"Obviously, this impacted my career path and I’m so grateful for the environment my parents’ so enthusiastically provided for us," Inman said.