Lia Catallo - Michigan Interview by Claire Path Nomination and Photography by pArt of Life Photography Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Lia K Catallo is a singer-songwriter who gives of herself constantly, through her music, whether singing for a fundraiser or on the worship team at church. Lia is very passionate about social justice. On one of her mission trips to Haiti her church group was detained due to political unrest. The story made national news yet, despite her fear as they were surrounded by gunfire, etc, she finally made it home and said she would return tomorrow because she loved the people so much. She has a heart for helping to make the world a better place.
Photography by pArt of Life Photography
What influenced your passion to become a singer-songwriter, and what do you love most about it? Growing up, I was immersed in music as my mom and dad are musicians. My mom, Jennifer Kincer, strongly influenced my passion. She has been my Vocal Coach & Manager for years. Songwriting is my favorite because writing songs is a way to express my feelings, connect with others and make an impact, potentially helping someone else get through their struggles as well.
How has your gift of music brought people together, and what do you think is one of your most meaningful songs you have written so far? I think my gift of music brings people together by expressing real emotions about relatable topics. My voice studio often puts together charity events that we sing at, bringing about awareness of a topic or pure enjoyment for those attending.
I think one of the most meaningful songs I have written was about my mom, who is currently battling breast cancer. I poured my heart into it, wanting to express to her how much I care for and love her. I also love the song ‘Home,’ which I wrote on the Haiti Mission Trip, about finding my “home” in God. I always hope that there other people who can relate to my songs, potentially helping them as well.
Photography by Live Nation Subject: Lia was chosen to perform at the Rock N Roll hall of Fame in Cleveland, performing original songs.
What inspiring messages do your original songs stand for, and how do some of them relate to what teens go through? All lot of my songs portray message about not being alone or searching for ‘who God is’ and finding Him. I feel like my songs are genuine and connecting. I want teenagers to know they aren’t dealing with things alone, because a lot of us go through the same things. I pray even one of my song connects with a person who might be struggling with that very song topic and helps them to get through it.
Photo by Darrett Pullins Subject: Lia singing at a charity event in MI
How have you inspired others by being there for them through tough times they may go through in their lives, and what advice would you continue to give to them? I try to lead by example. God put me in a position of leadership on my worship team, I’m my vocal studio at fundraisers and charities and I get to lead worship at my school as well. I can only hope that someone may be impacted and inspired by something I’m singing, opening a door for a conversation and potentially, help.
Photo by Joy Sprang Subject: mission trip Nicaragua
Tell me a little bit about the mission trips you have been involved in and one of your most unforgettable moments you have experienced while being surrounded by different cultures.
Two years ago I went to Haiti on a Mission Trip and despite being detained there due to political unrest, involving gunfire, fires, etc., I would go back in a heartbeat. I loved being able to spread God’s love to the Haitian people. I just returned from a Mission Trip in Nicaragua, which I think may have been the best week of my life. It’s such a beautiful country and the people there are so grateful and loving, despite many living in dumps, literally. I led a group of kids, whom I fell in love with while I was there, and it was amazing. They are filled with pure joy and love.
Lia will be featured in Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!