Kris Lasher has always been drawn to music, writing her first song at age 8. In addition to studying psychology and creative writing in college, Kris travelled frequently in the 1990s to study songwriting in Nashville, Tennessee, and more recently (2017) participated in a ten-day songwriting retreat in Northern Ireland.
Enjoying writing about a diversity of subjects, Kris often performs them a capella or using a variety of instruments—simple percussion, Native American flute, singing bowl—to support her lyrics. She is also learning to play the lever harp and ukelele.
She has written solo pieces and in collaboration with others as a member of Wild Mother, a spirit and nature-inspired, southwestern Indiana women's group that performed at area retreats, libraries, coffeehouses, and churches. Their self-titled CD, a blend of music and spoken word, focuses on life-long experiences of maiden, mother, and crone. She has several years of experience as a vocalist for a variety of events.
Kris lives in a historic home near the Ferdinand State Forest with her husband, Rock Emmert, where they have hosted 35 house concerts since 2003. Together, Rock and Krisco-coordinate the Ferdinand Folk Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary on September 21, 2019. For 11 years, they have and continue to co-host Spoken Word Night (currently happening in Ferdinand's St. Benedict's Brew Works Theatre), an informal literary and music event for the area community. In 2016, they created Project ACORN, a community outreach program offering weekly opportunities (60 events per year, 175 so far) for citizens to experience music, art, environment, and wellness activities: concerts, hikes, cooking and art classes, workshops, film nights, environmental/health forums, discussions, field trips to regional artisans, lectures by world leaders, college theatre, plays, etc.
Kris enjoys writing about a diversity of subjects and themes, often focusing her lyrics on women's issues, social justice, and environmental concerns. She is the manager of the Ferdinand Monastery Bakery. She also loves her furry companions, two dogs and a cat named Willow, Benny, and Selma.