Based out of the LA Area. I am a Contemporary Instrumental pianist/composer. I have been told that my music sounds like Billy Joel meeting David Lanz. I compose uplifting, epic PianoScapes for the Spirit. From my friend and producer Will Ackerman - "Kori's music has evolved in its own complexity and richness over the years, but the strength of her artist voice is powerful and singular to unify all of her work as purely her own."
A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman
Portraits by Jason Wallis Photography
fire in the rainstorm
Fire in the Rainstorm - is a collection of my personal stories told by solo piano soundscapes. In April of 2014, I went again to Imaginary Road Studios to work with my friend and producer Will Ackerman and a VERY talented engineer Tom Eaton. These two men are an amazing combination of knowledge, dedication to music production and BOTH are extremely talented. With the help of Crowd Funding and some super amazing family, friends and fans - this album was possible.
This is my first solo piano album! The album is nominated for a ZMR Award for Best Piano Album - Solo for 2015. Did you know that whenever you purchase "Fire in the Rainstorm" you are helping my friends at Hearing Health Foundation. I donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sales!
To listen and purchase yours today - click on the album art!
Kori's Digital EPK
Press, booking agents, promoters - feel free to download any or all content. Questions? Feel free to message me via my contact page. Please note, I am a member of the Western Arts Alliance and I am also a voting NARAS/GRAMMY® member.
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Kori Linae Carothers Performances
April 12, 2018
Hey you! Thanks for checking my performances. Right now, I stream 30 minute musical moments called LIVE with Kori - every Thursday 1pm Pacific, 2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern and 9pm GMT. I am on Facebook LIVE, and that is where you and I can chat together, with more like minded friends! See you there! 😊
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March 22, 2018
Kori here. Yup most of you know by now, I injured my little pinky finger. It is wrapped in a splint and will be not performing for 6 - 8 weeks! I KNOW RIGHT?!! So freaking annoying! Join me online today as I tell you what, who, why and HOW I injured my little finger! Love ~ k
February 21, 2018
Hey Everyone! What a crazy few months! I've been out of town most of January, and then I have been rehearsing daily. I won't be performing this year, unless you really want me to come to your city/town! You can email me here: korilinc @ gmail.com ( when you email me, put all of the text together.)
You CAN catch me online for my LIVE with Kori Sessions, which are weekly at 1pm PST. Click on the photo below to join us tomorrow:
January 9, 2018
Hey Everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a happy Christmas, and a wonderful New Year celebration. As I am planning out 2018, performances are put on the back burner for now. I am writing and arranging a Christmas album, which is taking an incredible amount of research. Also I am going way out of my comfort zone to learn the music ( reading music is not my strength! ) I have found arranging music to be really fun though, and I feel by doing this will strengthen my music skills! Cheers!
November 18, 2017
Hey everyone! Just an FYI - I am performing at a private function on December 6th. For those of you in SoCal, if you want to come please message me here: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you the directions to come and join us!
September 27, 2017
Hi Everyone.. Kori here. I won't be performing any time soon... however, I was asked to be a guest artist for the OLLI ( Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCI Division of Continuing Education) Course offered here:
August 14, 2017
Several months ago I was asked to compose a special arrangement of a hymn from my church and perform it at a Church Devotional on Sunday July 2, 2017. I really had a great time putting it together, and when it came time to perform it, wow, I was nervous. I did pull it off, and it was beautiful! My son Tyler and hubs drove me to and from the gig. THAT was fun!
July 5, 2017 -
Kori here, I do not have any upcoming performances as of today. I am working on new music and collaborating with a few people, so that is why I am not venturing out in the world to perform. If you want me to come to your area, please feel fee to contact me! Peace in Music... Kori
May 4, 2017
Hey there - looking for more concerts? Right now I am up to my eyeballs in new music. If you can persuade me to come and perform locally, I just might do that! Until then, I am hard at work in my home studio composing! ~ Peace in Music... Kori
February 13, 2017
On Saturday March 18th, I will be a featured performing in Salt Lake City along with Michele McLaughlin!
Below is a past performance. If you want me to perform in your city... email us here: korilinc @ gmail dot com. More performance dates coming soon! - Kori Feb. 2017
SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017. To purchase your tickets click on the poster! See you there!
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- I would listen to Kori Linae Carothers' album just on the title alone...Fire in the Rainstorm... delightfully ambiguous...intriguing. It is impossible... or is it?... ( click for the full review) RJ Lannan - Zone Music Reporter
By stripping away her keyboards and baring her soul through the piano's ivories, Kori Linae Carothers' music has reached a new level of immediacy and intimacy...(click for the full review) Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire
- Fire in the Rainstorm is an eloquent artistic statement from a highly regarded pianist/composer whose music resounds with heart and soul...(click for the full review) Michael Diamond - Music and Media Focus
Fire in the Rainstorm is Kori Linae Carothers' second project with Will Ackerman producing, and her first solo piano album. With one of the more dramatic album covers of the year, the music is both eloquent and beautiful...(Click for full review) Kathy Parsons - Mainly Piano
- There is much love in the music of Kori Linae Carothers. Fire in the Rainstorm is a voice of a dear and close friend's heart, which is waiting for you... ( click for full review) Serge Kozlovsky
Fire in the Rainstorm was a perfect vehicle for Kori's first solo piano effort and we as listeners reap the rewards of this wonderful effort every time that we put it on for another listen... ( click for the full review) Michael Foster, editor Ambient Visions
- "Kori has created a beautiful pallet of music that express her true passion for her craft. Her music takes the listener on a magical journey. Would highly recommend this album as well as her other creations. Well done Kori!" - Kristine
When I play Kori Linae Carothers' new album Fire in the Rainstorm, it feels as though a soft warm blanket was gently placed over you as you lie there listening Kori talk. Roosevelt Roy Jr.
I live with hearing loss in my left ear. We found out when I was 5 that I had over 90% hearing loss. I basically have no hearing in my left ear. I was told when I was younger that I would never make it as a musician.. and yet I stand proudly and grateful that I have music in my life. Never tell me I cannot do anything, because baby - I will and prove to the world I can and will conquer!
Throughout my life I have talked with many people that have hearing loss. I was not sure if there were organizations out there that were working to find a cure for hearing loss as well as promote hearing health, until now. One day I decided to research the internet to find such a group and found Hearing Health Foundation. I was so impressed with their mission statement: Hearing Health Foundation's mission is to prevent and cure hearing loss through groundbreaking research. I am proud to say that a percentage of "Fire in the Rainstorm's" sales go to Hearing Health Foundation to help with their mission by preventing and curing hearing loss with their fine research!
I was recently diagnosed in having Spasmodic Dysphonia - which is a vocal disorder. Each day is different from the next. I really took for granted being able to speak. Since I was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia, I've gone through various stages in my psyche. I was angry at first, then I was extremely depressed, and finally accepted that I yes, I have this. I am so grateful for the medical technology nowadays so that I can receive treatment.
Oh? What IS it? From the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Website: It is a neurological condition that involves "spasms" of the vocal cords causing interruptions in speech and affecting the voice quality. SD can cause the voice to break up or cause a strained or strangled quality.
The bottom line is, I won't allow this to take away my happiness. I deal with it on a daily basis. Is there a cure? No. Is there treatment? Yes!! I receive botox injections into my vocal cords to give me the ability to speak without the spasms. Even though this is annoying, I will stay the course and do my best at what I do, and that is composing, recording music and releasing music.
PEACE IN MUSIC
For more info on Spasmodic Dysphonia - Click here: NSDA - National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
Tuesday May 15, 2018
Hi there! I have had a busy weekend! How about you? I experienced a few technical glitches on Friday... My email service sent out a responder email with 3 free downloads! If you received it, you're welcome! Haha. Sometimes technology and me mix really well, and sometimes I don't do so well with tech!
This week LIVE with KORI will continue - with very special guest Keith Richie. Keith is an amazing ambient composer... I like to think his music is ambient soundtrack storytelling. He has a unique take on composing and what influences his writings. I think you will LOVE his music.
I am also going to go to Grammy Museum in LA on Saturday May 19th to the FLOW concert. I will be able to see my friends and meet more new people! I am VERY excited!
I also released a preview of a song I am working on titled "Remember". It is a story about a character named Killashandra. One of my favorite authors - Anne McCaffrey introduced her to me in her books about The Crystal Singer. I can relate to the character really well, and I think that is why I loved this trilogy. Click on the image to listen, and email me your thoughts and suggestions ! email@example.com
Thursday March 15, 2018
LIVE with KORI Series:
Join me every Thursday from 1pm Pacific to 1:30pm Pacific ( 2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern and 9pm GMT) as I play LIVE for you, answer your questions - maybe wear a hat, maybe not! LOL. You can join in the fun here on Facebook:
LIVE with KORI
The next LIVE with Kori is on Thursday March 22, 2018! Hope to see YOU there!
I also need your opinions! Please go to this survey and answer as many questions as you want or as little!
Wednesday February 21, 2018
I have newly designed T-shirts! Grab yours today and show your love for my music! Once your get your t-shirt show it off by taking a photo and upload onto Facebook and tag me! To get yours today, click on the photo:
LIVE with Kori Facebook Online, tomorrow February 22 1pm PST.
Hi everyone! I hope you join me for tomorrow's LIVE with Kori session from 1PM Pacific time, thats 2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern and 9pm GMT time. To join us! Click on the link below:
Monday January 8th, 2018
LIVE! with Kori Q&A Sessions FaceBook Online
Join me LIVE online at my Facebook Music page on Thursday January 11th from 1:00 - 1:30PM PACIFIC (2PM Mountain, 3PM Central, 4PM Eastern and 9PM GMT) Please feel free to submit your questions to me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: LIVE with Kori. If I answer your question you will get a surprise musical gift from me! To Join us, click on the photo:
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Holiday Celebration! I am planning out my 2018 year, and WOW we have lots of fun things to do, hard work this year as well. I will be uploading more music every Monday from my albums. I will also be uploading a monthly Peace in Music video on Thursdays. So stay tuned!
Check out YouTube for more of The Journey ReMastered:
November 18, 2017
What a beautiful day it is today in Southern California. I am so grateful for so many things, but one of the things that stand out today is my gratitude for my parents. They have done so much for me, especially the sacrifices they made to gift me piano lessons!
I also wanted to let you know, that I've been uploading videos weekly ( Mondays) on YouTube! Check it out here:
September 27, 2017
I am writing new music for three albums! Yes 3!!! A Christmas album, an electronic album and a Contemporary PianoScapes album similar to Trillium. I have also added more sheet music and singles! Click on the link below!
August 14, 2017
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit with Diana DiLee Maher in person. She is a fantastic Singer/Songwriter and we worked together on her song "Coming Home". This was a stretch for me as it was in a completely different genre, but SO fun!
She came down from LA and visited me in my studio. Fun times!
Thursday July 12, 2017
I was contacted in the middle of June by Beth Hilton from the B Company, introducing me to Diana DìLee. Diana needed a piano track for a song she is working on. Diana is in LA area and I am in Orange County - about and hour south. I said YES of course, and connected with her. Diana is an outstanding vocalist. I really enjoyed listening to her music, and liked working with her. She is down to earth, and I was happy for the opportunity to create a piano track for her music. This is what she had to say about working with me!
"Kori has master piano hands. Until recently I used to think the only difference between piano players or the same musicians was their style, the amount of practice, how fast they could play, how accurate and how much they could play from memory. But this past year the few pianists I have grown to know there is a definite energy that emanates from each player. Kori's soul comes through her piano playing with peace, innocence, joy and something I can't quite put my finger on-- esoteric... spiritual in nature." - Diana "Dīlee" Maher
Visit Diana here: Diana "Dīlee" Maher
Friday July 7, 2017
My single "A Day Like No Other featuring Lawrence Blatt" is on the new Sounds of the Circle 9 Compilation album. According to the press release "the participating artists and groups on this year's sampler reads like a "who's who" of New Age Music: Al Conti – Merrill Collins – Anaya Music – Peter Calandra – Terry Oldfield - Fiona Joy – Nancy Shoop-Wu – Eamonn Karran – Janice Lacy Project – Seay - Neil Tatar – Dyan Garris – Gary Schmidt – Ann Licater – Shambhu – Darlene Koldenhoven - Kimberly Haynes (feat. David Vito Gregoli) – Tajalli – Pamela Jamian - Jennifer DeFrayne – Cynthia Hart – Mark Pinkus – Lawrence Blatt – Alan Storeygard – Paul Adams - Michael Hoppé & Mitsuki Dazai - Kori Linae Carothers – Mystic Jorney – Byron Metcalf - Natascha Wilczek – Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner – Paradiso – Louis Colaiannia – John Luttrell – Catherine Marie Charlton - Lia Scallon – Michael Diamond – Joanne Lazzaro – Hennie Bekker – Liquid Mind."
Monday July 3, 2017
Wow! Where did June go? Life is very busy for me personally and musically. I wrote an arrangement for a church hymn that I was asked to perform at a music devotional on Sunday July 2nd. Wow what a awesome and challenging experience. I was a bit nervous to perform it, but was able to do it and I feel really good about it!
A new video is up on YouTube! So exciting! I love the ocean and I had so much stock footage that I shot over the years, which really was a great blend with a new single that I will be releasing in August. It is another alternate mix from my album FIRE IN THE RAINSTORM. The song is "Tidal Rift" and features guest artist Jill Haley on English Horn. She was a featured Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park as well as several others National Parks in the US. She is super talented and I loved what she brought to the song!
Speaking of new singles, here is the next single from my album FIRE IN THE RAINSTORM - The Kindly Beast. I wrote this as a memoriam for my dog Marvin. He passed on two years ago from cancer, but this song paints a picture of what a character he was. Special guest artists are: Cellist Eugene Friesen, Tom Eaton on Bass and Jeff Haynes on percussion. Each of these artists are extremely talented. Again, the music is produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton. You can listen and buy your copy today!
Thursday June 1, 2017
Hi Everyone, Kori here! Happy June! Can you believe it? Thanks for visiting me today. Whats new? Instrumented Singles from my album FIRE IN THE RAINSTORM. You can buy them here first! Eventually, they will show up on iTunes and CD Baby. But, for now keep an eye out for them. You will be the first to know! Right now NuNu's Sunrise is the first one. - Love, Kor
Friday May 12, 2017
Hi Everyone! Guess what?!! You can finally purchase my music from me, here! Well, yes you can still purchase from Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.com - however, when you purchase from me - you help keep costs down AND your direct purchase helps ME to continue to record and release new music!
You can also purchase The Gathering III here as well! Whatcha waiting for? Click on the Buy My Music link, and Thank you SO much!
PS - Coming soon - T-shirts, and wrist bands AND one of a kind hand made jewelry. Keep an eye out!
Drop me a line or two...
You can send me USPS mail here:
Kori Linae Carothers
27758 Santa Margarita Pkwy #407
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Please visit my friends at Hearing Health Foundation and find out how you can help promote hearing health!
I have met, performed and worked with amazing talented musicians and engineers in the past and present. Here are my favs! :