Lorie was the first person in her family history to get a college degree. She attended one year at Florida College, and then obtained a B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada, specializing in Piano Performance. "I'm probably the only person out there with a degree in Piano Performance who is actually performing. . ." says Line. Her first full-time performance job was at Dayton's, Minneapolis, in 1988 where she serenaded shoppers. "This job was a perfect fit for me because I got to play everything by ear. . .which is my thing." On the shopping floor she would play her own arrangements off the cuff, drawing an immediate audience to her unique "Lorie Line style." Fans would come to the store, not only to shop, but to hear her play and it was from their encouragement that Lorie decided to record her first album. This was the beginning of Lorie Line Music, Inc.
Two albums later, and having never done this before, Lorie started writing more complex arrangements that included accompanying instruments that she loved. She knew what she wanted to hear and how these instruments could provide color and texture to her piano arrangements. So she purchased a computerized piano (Yamaha Clavinova) that featured the sound of each instrument in an orchestra, and taught herself how to write within each instrument's range. She found local musicians to play her newly created music. The arrangements were soon recorded, and the musicians began to accompany Lorie at her live concerts. This became the beginnings of her famous tag line "& her Pop Chamber Orchestra."
Each year, Lorie continued to put out another album. . .and another one. Touring the Midwest expanded, and her husband Tim joined forces with Lorie and became the Master of Ceremonies, introducing her to new audiences across the country. The Pop Chamber Orchestra began traveling each year with the dynamic duo, and THE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! soon became a family tradition.
Piano-playing fans became excited at the possibility of getting the actual sheet music of Lorie's arrangements. So, the next challenge was to write it all down . . . to document the notes and make the arrangements accessible. Knowing that there wouldn't be a publishing company who would print her music, she started her own publishing wing at Lorie Line Music, Inc.
Today, her passion for making her piano music accessible and playable for both children and adults is a reality. She has released 38 complete books of music, with her newest, Come Together, this year’s brand new release. Her published music has been the largest growth area in her business.
Lorie prides herself in never taking one business course, yet she owns and runs the largest woman-owned independent record company in the country. She attributes her success to the basics - hard work, talent, perseverance, "gut instinct", balance, and a natural "gift" from God. She puts her personal stamp on everything, from color themes and graphic design to the one-of-a-kind breathtaking gowns and
flashy costumes, to set design and decorating it, to every note written on each score (and she still uses her computerized piano). She has released 43 CDs, with sales exceeding 6 million copies.
Lorie has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities benefiting children, specifically Children's Cancer Research Fund, The Jade Foundation (with Minnesota's former First Lady Terry Ventura), Children's Hospital of Minneapolis, The Anne Carlsen Center for Children in Jamestown, North Dakota, The Orono Alliance for Education (her children's school district in Minneapolis), and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.
Lorie has been married for 25 years to her business partner, Tim. They have worked and toured together for 22 years. They reside in Minneapolis.
||Immanuel - October, 2012|
Practice, Practice, Practice! Book Five - September, 2012
Practice, Practice, Practice! Book Four - April, 2012
The Heritage Collection, Volume Six - March, 2012
Christmas Bells Are Ringing! - November, 2011
Practice, Practice, Practice! Book Three - September, 2011
Vogue - March, 2011
Making Spirits Bright - October, 2010
Serendipity - August, 2010
The 20th Anniversary Edition - October, 2009
The Heritage Collection, Volume V - May, 2009
Practice, Practice, Practice! Book Two - March, 2009
Christmas Around The World - October, 2008
Crazy, Young At Heart, Volume II - July, 2008
The Heritage Collection, Volume IV - February, 2008
The Glory of Christmas - October, 2007
The Traditions of Christmas - October, 2006
Practice, Practice, Practice! Book One - March, 2006
My Favorite Things - November, 2005
Now and Then - October, 2005
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - November, 2004
Young At Heart - September, 2004
Sharing the Season, Volume Four - 2002
The Heritage Collection, Volume III - 2002
The Show Stoppers - 2001
The Silver Album - 2000, retired
Just Me - 2000, retired
Simply Grand - 1999
The Heritage Collection, Volume II - 1998
Open House - 1997
Home for the Holidays - 1997, specialty project, retired
Music from the Heart - 1997
Lorie Line Live! - 1996, retired
Sharing the Season, Volume III – 1995, retired
Heart and Soul - 1995, retired
The Heritage Collection, Volume I - 1994
Walking With You - 1993, retired
Sharing the Season, Volume II - 1993, retired
Beyond A Dream - 1992, retired
Threads of Love - 1992
Sharing the Season, Volume I - 1991, retired
Storyline - 1990, retired
Out of Line - 1989, retired
DVD / Public Television Specials
||A White Christmas with Lorie Line - 2001, retired|
Lorie Live Live! - 1996, retired