Let her music 'Shine'

Lisa Lafferty performs this weekend at West Virginia Wine & Arts Festival in Martinsburg

Lisa Lafferty performs this weekend at West Virginia Wine & Arts Festival in Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Lisa Lafferty grew up in a musically eclectic household.

Mom liked Barbara Streisand, while Dad was more fond of the Mamas and the Papas. One grandmother was a classically trained pianist, and a grandfather played the accordion and organ.

So when it comes to Lafferty's own music, it's also a meld of genres. Last November, Lafferty released her first album, "When I Shine," which is filled with music that she describes as having a "gospelly, bluesy and folksy kind of feel."

Lafferty will share the love of music she learned from her family with other families Sunday when she and her band perform at the West Virginia Wine & Arts Festival.


Lafferty says she recorded her album, because, frankly, it was time.

"After 20 years of being a professional musician, I never did a CD," she says. "Mostly because they usually take a lot of time and money."

So when she hit 40, Lafferty thought it was time she'd do a CD. "I just woke up and decided it was time to do it," she said.

Lafferty is backed by her husband, Sam Jannotta, on piano and a group of musician-friends she's known for more than 15 years. Rounding out the group are Don Oehser on guitar, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums and Matt Lewis on bass.

"They're all incredibly talented musicians," she says.

Music followed Lafferty into adulthood during which it became a normal part of her routine. She used to play gigs four to five times a week.

"That was until I had kids," she says with a laugh.

During the day she's a massage therapist. She's also the mom of Bela, 6, and Lydian, 8. And there's another band in the family -- Jannotta heads his own band, Ginada Piñata.

Having a family and a regular life does get in the way of making music. "I miss taking time to rehearse," she says. "But I don't miss playing bar gigs."

Lafferty says music will always be a part of her life and couldn't think of doing without it.

"I would probably implode," she says. "It's my form of expression. It's a very natural part of me and how I exist."

If you go ...

WHAT: Lisa Lafferty and Band

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24

WHERE: West Virginia Wine & Arts Festival. On the lawn of Boydville, 601 S. Queen St., Martinsburg

COST: $15; $10 for ages 13 to 20; and free for ages 12 and younger

MORE: To listen to Lisa Lafferty's album, "When I Shine," visit or .

Schedule of musical entertainment

Saturday, May 23

o 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Rolling Coyotes

o 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. -- Arnold Smith

o 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. -- The Grape Stompers

o 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. -- Sam Felkner

o 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. -- The Giants of Tiny Town

o 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. -- Rolling Coyotes

o 5:30 to 7 p.m. -- Treehouse

Sunday, May 24

o 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. -- Todd Coyle Band

o 3 to 4:15 p.m. -- Cam Miller Trio

o 4:30 to 6 p.m. -- Lisa Lafferty and Band

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