Pianist Lorie Line was featured on the cover of Minnesota Monthly’s November 1996 issue with a red and white keytar and the headline “Get in the spirit with Lorie Line and other holiday performers.” For the feature story about holiday events, she’s decked out in Christmas lights, sitting atop a piano bench, and described as “a pop phenomenon” with “perky, preppy professionalism.” The blurb adds, “Line, of course, is the Cinderella-story star who rose from a $20-an-hour gig playing at Dayton’s to the top of Billboard’s New Age charts.”
As holiday traditions and seasonal entertainment events kick into high gear, Line is still very much in the music business and performing her popular holiday tour. She reports this year is her 33rd consecutive tour, kicking off “An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line” the day after Thanksgiving. She’ll perform a rapid-fire repertory of 33 concerts in 33 days across the Midwest, hitting stops in Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and, of course, Minnesota before returning to her home on Lake Minnetonka in time for Christmas. “I still have the same rigorous schedule,” she says. “The cast in my tour is smaller, but my itinerary the same. These days are my favorite in my career.”
But the holiday performances are only a fraction of what Line has accomplished. “I have 54 books of music and just might be the most published pianist in modern day times,” she says. She has arranged and published almost 800 songs, has 716 million lifetime streams on Pandora, and has recorded 65 albums. “Last but not least, I’m very proud to have done this through the grace of God and alongside Tim. We’ve been happily married for 36 years.”
What’s next for the musician? “My goal next year is to create the Lorie Line Foundation, which will be a dream come true.” Find more at lorieline.com.