Stanton is the creator of “Scripture inspired piano to refresh your spirit℠” and has released nine albums. Following a Georgia Tech chemistry degree, an MBA from the University of Georgia, and a fifteen-year business career, he followed his true calling to offer God’s peace, rest, hope and healing to listeners around the world. Stanton is also the Founder of the non-profit ministry Music to Light the World, which has donated 60,000 CDs to cancer patients and families offering hope and healing.Stanton and his wife, Lorie, will be married twenty-five years this October. They have a son at Mississippi State and a daughter in high school. The Laniers enjoy cooking, photography and traveling to U.S. national parks. Stanton also just released his first video course for pianists, “Creative Composing — A Master Class with Stanton Lanier.”
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How did a career businessman with a degree in Chemistry, end up a professional musician?
I started piano lessons at age six, and songwriting at age fourteen. I never expected this to be more than a hobby. My first Scripture-inspired piano melody was in May 2000, but in 2004, I knew God was calling me to go full-time with a music career. The key steps in this happening were what I call “career surrender,” when I made the shift from the business world to the music world.
Briefly share about the non-profit you started, Music To Light The World?
Music to Light the World grew from an idea to three albums, to being founded as a non-profit ministry in 2004. Our vision is to offer God’s “peace and rest in a hurried world.” Today there are nine albums, music videos, piano books, sheet music, and a Christmas devotional based on 2009 Best Holiday Album “December Peace.” We also have donated 60,000 CDs to cancer centers offering hope and healing to families.
What do you tell others about Roam and why you choose to be a part of this community?
Roam’s tagline, “Innovative Workplace,” is the perfect description. For many years I worked from home and used various places as “virtual offices,” but Roam eliminates having to decide where to work, and offers the flexibility of multiple locations, as well as credits to reserve a room for meetings, etc. The Roam staff and the environment have been very positive from my first Day Pass and now into my membership. As a new Roam member, I have discovered that my work time is more productive than any other environment where I have worked.
What is your signature spot at Roam and why?
My signature spot is a quieter cubby near the back. I also love the “Create” room when I use my credit hours for a more focused project or a Board Meeting.
When you listen to music for fun, who do you listen to?
A mix of great worship songs (Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder), classical (Bach, Vivaldi), instrumental (Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster), pop/rock (U2, Coldplay), and some country since my kids have gotten into this.