As the daughter of the legendary Louis Prima and singer Gia Maione Prima, Lena Prima is blessed with a unique musical heritage. Louis Prima (a New Orleans native) has been hailed in the annals of 20th century American music as an innovative genius and Lena's mother Gia Maione (a New Jersey native and Louis' fifth and last wife) is a classically trained singer who married Louis in 1963 and performed with him throughout the 60's and 70's until his passing in 1978. (for more information about Louis Prima visit: www.louisprima.com)
Born in Las Vegas, Lena and her younger brother, Louis Jr. were also raised in New Orleans, Louis' home town. The Prima family had homes with golf courses in both cities and moved back and forth during Lena's formative years. She grew up singing and dancing on stage with her parents, and touring with them every summer when school was out. Lena continued her training in school musical groups and stage productions. She began high school at Covington High in Louisiana and graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas where she studied music under Marcia Neel, winner of The Disney Channel's National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, (www.musiceducationconsultants.net) and then attended UNLV, studying art, music and dance.
For ten years Lena worked a regular job during the day and sang in rock & roll clubs at night while writing and recording original music, including an album with platinum producer/engineer Geoff Workman (The Cars, Journey, Queen, Sammy Hagar, etc.). In 1991, she made singing a full-time career and began touring the casino/resort circuit with various shows and groups such as Sweet Louie & The Checkmates and The Spiral Staircase (known for their smash hit I Love You More Today Than Yesterday). In 1999, she created her multi-media show Louis Prima, That's My Dad!.
Lena is fantastic!
- Michael Imperioli
A standing ovation...Lena has the panache of her father as she carries
audiences back to a simpler age.
- The Chicago Tribune
Lena's performance was the hit of the night!
- National Italian American Sports Hall Of Fame
A sure-shot for stardom...here, the acorn did fall close to the oak.
- Las Vegas Sun
Tremendously talented...met with standing ovations...
- Today In Las Vegas
Lena Prima has a strong voice and striking presence reminiscent of her
father...a musical experience worth remembering.
- The Italian Tribune