At age 5, Lonna Hardin knew she was destined for end time purpose. Her love for God, desire to sing, and compassion for people became a continual theme throughout early and teenage years. At age 12, she recorded her first single singing the lead on Ordinary People with gospel music legend, Charles Fold. She was later offered two recording deals and was featured on the 2006 release of the “New Soul,” by Redeemedsoul.com. At age 9, she served as President for the James Cleveland Gospel Music Workshops of America El Paso Chapter. At age 12, Lonna recorded with Gospel legend, Charles Fold.
Between the ages of 16 and 19 Lonna was offered two recording deals. In 2006, she was signed with Redeemed Soul. Her neo soul and sultry sound produced hits such as “I Belong To You”, “Tender Mercy,” “I Never Knew,” and “Can’t Nobody.”
Lonna has been featured on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)and the top 150 gospel stations across the US. Additionally, in 2007, Lonna was named as Number 17 on the Top 30 International Artists in Europe and France. She has shared the stage with General Colin Powell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Marvin Sapp, Ben Tankard, and Lisa Page Brooks throughout her musical
career. She has also worked with well-known producers Berris Bolton from Bad Boy Productions and Chipper Dixon of Darkchild Productions.
Lonna is a recipient for the Arts Fund and Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. She was honored to be offered a role as an extra in Tyler Perry’s 2009 movie release, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” In 1998, she starred in the play “I’m Not Ready Yet,” where she portrayed Crystal a nightclub singer looking to make it big. She has
written a play called, “The Gift,” which tells the story of a young girl looking to use her voice to heal the world. Along with this, Ms. Hardin is a published author. Her book, “You will overcome is a guide for business professionals that provides strategies for overcoming setbacks and reaching goals.
Lonna’s educational background earned her a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Arbor University in Management and Organizational Development and an Associate of Arts in Communications from Kellogg Community. Ms. Hardin has also relentlessly studied theatre and dance performance, while attending Western Michigan University and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy from Agape Bible School. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.
Over the years, Lonna’s volunteer experience, outreach, and heart for community, people, and social injustices groomed her to be a woman of commitment and action. From 1992 to 2005, she was privileged to serve several nonprofits, which include: Toastmasters, Junior Achievement, Calhoun County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board, Sojourner Truth Ambassadors, Girl Scouts, Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, James Cleveland