Lacey Black has been playing piano since she was big enough to reach the keys and professionally since the summer of 2000. She has a diverse repertoire that is sure to include something that will appeal to every imaginable type of audience.
Born and raised in Durango, Lacey learned piano from her mother, a well-known area music teacher. As she continued to expand her skills, Lacey learned to read music, but still plays mainly by ear. Her first professional show was in Silverton, Colorado, where she began playing honky-tonk and ragtime in the Bent Elbow Saloon and Restaurant in the summer of 2000, quickly moving to the Grand Imperial and Grumpy’s Saloon, where you can still hear her honky-tonk and ragtime music during the summers at lunch time. Lacey graduated in 2006 with degrees in music performance and education from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Her teaching history includes one year at Silverton Public School, three years as an adjunct professor at Fort Lewis College and nearly 15 years as a private piano teacher. However, she makes most of her living from behind the piano, entertaining audiences all over the United States, and relying on the fan base that she has built over the years to support her in her new endeavors.
Lacey has released several CDs, all of which are available for purchase on this site. She was the founder of the band Red Rhapsody, with whom she produced two full-length CDs of all original music. Her song “For You,” was second-runner-up in the International Songwriting Competition in 2007. In 2016, “All These Years” was released as an EP, which features seven new songs of Lacey’s original songwriting. The full release is expected in 2017.
Currently, Lacey performs mostly solo, but she can also be found playing with Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge from time to time, as well as making guest-appearances. She has performed with the likes of Michael Martin Murphey, and appeared on many studio albums of local Durango musicians over the years. When she’s not sitting at the keys, she can be found outside, biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado!