Thursday, July 5, 2012
It’s not often that a recording artist gets the opportunity to perform on the stage of their elementary school, but that’s exactly what Zach Laliberte will do when he takes the stage at the Mountain Arts Community Center July 7.
“I’ve got a first-grade picture of myself standing on that stage,” he said. “It’s kind of surreal [to be performing there]. It’s the kind of thing that would happen in a dream you would wake up from.”
A Signal Mountain native, Laliberte attended Signal Mountain Grammar School for several years then finished elementary school at Thrasher. He was part of the first class to attend middle and high school at Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts. After graduation he studied theater at Columbia College in Chicago, where he lived and performed for 10 years before moving to Los Angeles.
“I was doing well in Chicago, acting and teaching and making money doing it, but I found myself getting complacent and lazy,” said Laliberte. “I felt myself backing off my creative muscle.”
In Los Angeles Laliberte continues to act and teach in addition to recently finishing his second album, “Hello Ocean.” Even though music has always been something he loved, performing and recording wasn’t somewhere he expected his career to take him, Laliberte said.
“I never really wanted to do music professionally,” he said. “It’s always something I’ve loved but I thought it would just be something I had for myself. But when I started playing music I’d written people started asking me to perform and record.”
A folk-inspired singer/songwriter, Laliberte said he’s been told his music sounds like a cross between Paul Simon, David Wilcox and Jason Mraz. At his upcoming performance, the musician said he’ll be playing all original music but won’t prepare a set list ahead of time.
“I usually have a starting point and just feed off the audience from there,” he said. “It’s always a journey to see what the audience needs from me any given night.”
Unlike many singer/songwriters, Laliberte said he won’t be performing too many depressing or serious songs.
“I’m kind of selfish in the sense that when I feel bad I write music that makes me feel good,” he said. “I just don’t have that many depressing songs. To me it seems like there’s lots of good stuff in the world to sing about.”
The show will begin at 7 p.m. and admission costs $10 per person.
“I plan on having a good time at the show,” said Laliberte. “And I hope anyone that comes out will have a good time too.”
For more information about Laliberte visit www.zachlaliberte.com.