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WNC LEGACY: PERFORMING ARTS Lytingale Wanted to Sing Folk Music. Her Songs Still Echo the Ethos of the 1970s

  MAY 29, 2018
Before she went by the singular name of Lytingale, Lois Henrickson envisioned a career fronting a folk rock band. “Any day now I’m going to be discovered. Don’t you know this?” she said with a laugh.

Alas, Peter, Paul and Mary never became Peter, Paul and Lois. But in some respects, Lytingale has never abandoned the ethos of folk music’s heyday. You can hear some of her music on the Womansong program June 1 and 2, 2018 at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church in Swannanoa. Feel free to share in your social circles! – matt Matt Peiken | Arts & Culture Producer Blue Ridge Public Radio – NPR for Western North Carolina 73 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801 O: 828.210.4831 | C: (513) 673-5442 | Go to for this program

A prolific songwriter (about 500+ songs – she stopped counting!) and versatile musician (vocals, keyboards, guitar, flute, dulcimer, hand drums, (kazoo),  “Lyte” uses her clear soprano voice for all styles of music: rock, folk, opera, blues, jazz, musical comedy. She accompanies Womansong, officiates weddings, sings at church & conferences, and teaches private voice lessons.
 “Lyte” has 3 albums (Home To My Heart on CD, and Altar of Love and Inspirations on Cassette), and several singles for download at, as well as sheet music available from Lytingale Music or Heart Wind Music. She is also the author of a workshop & book on reshaping church music called Growing Your Church Music Program.  For more than 30 years, she was music director for Unity Church, in Arden, where her husband ministered. She composed and sang scores of songs for the church band about peace, justice and inner fulfillment.
​Born in Farmington, Connecticut, she took voice lessons at Hartt School of Music, performed in school concerts & shows, did roles for Myth Farmington community theater, and was even a finalist in the Connecticut Junior Miss pageant.

As a freshman at Ithaca College, she was featured in their Opera Workshop.  She transferred to University of Connecticut where she graduated summa cum laude, University Scholar, with a major in Music Education (voice)… singing Mozart & madrigals for classes, and Grace Slick with a rock band on weekends.  In Richmond VA and Washington DC she performed in a folk duo called Crystal Blue Breeze

Lyte has performed roles in musical theater at Asheville Community Theater, and has sung classical solos with The Asheville Choral Society, the North Carolina Symphony, and The Johnson City (TN) Symphony.

Lyte loves to scat and improvise, and has studied improvisational singing with Rhiannon and Elise Witt.

She has used her clear soprano voice for all styles of music, from rock to opera, blues & jazz to musical comedy. Her songwriting reflects both deep spiritual exploration and a joyful wit & playfulness. 

For more information go to:  Blue Ridge Public Radio      or 

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