Hello, I am Stanton Lanier, Pianist of Peace™, the creator of Scripture inspired piano to refresh your spirit™. Following a chemistry degree from Georgia Tech, an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia, and a fifteen-year business career, in 2004 my wife and I founded Music to Light the World.
Music to Light the World is a non-profit that promotes the value of creating personal moments of God’s peace and presence, to lift the spirit and soothe the soul in today’s hurried, hectic world. We do this through Scripture inspired piano™ music, with more than one hundred pieces composed and ten albums recorded since the first melody Grace and Truth was inspired by John 1:14 sixteen years ago.
Research shows that relaxation, particularly with music, can benefit us spiritually, mentally and physically, as millions of people around the world experience each year by listening to this beautiful music. Music to Light the World also donates CDs and MP3 Albums to cancer patients and others in need of hope and healing, with funding from supporting customers and generous donors. With nearly 70,000 given, we hope to reach 100,000 donated albums by 2018.
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My music has received several awards including 2009 Best Holiday Album for December Peace (ZMR Awards, winning over Enya and Yo-Yo Ma), 2013 Best Piano Album Nominee (Open Spaces, ZMR), 2011 Best Neo-Classical Album Nominee and 2011 Notable Sacred Music (A Thousand Years, ZMR and Christianity Today). You can also hear my music on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Moody Radio, Sirius XM Radio (Spa Channel), Music Choice Cable TV (Soundscapes Channel), Les Mills Fitness DVDs, and many other outlets.
After starting piano lessons at age six growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, my love for basketball made me want to quit at age twelve in Milton, Florida, but my parents didn’t let me. I began writing songs and singing at age fourteen. Playing and composing continued as a hobby while majoring in chemistry at Georgia Tech and completing an MBA at the University of Georgia. After five years working in consulting and insurance, in 1994, at age thirty, I reached a place of “career surrender.” Instead of striving to succeed, I began asking God what He wanted me to do, and I longed to hear His voice. This led to a ten-year financial planning career.
The piano was always a refuge for me throughout my life. I could sit down and step away from life’s busyness. When I began composing instrumentals I wanted them to convey a sense of God’s peace and hope. As people began to share powerful stories about how the songs were impacting their lives, I realized Scripture inspired piano is a unique way to share God’s story and my story.
This desire with my composing helps me hear Scripture as melody. About half the time this happens lyrically, meaning the piano is ‘singing’ the words from a verse. In other cases, a theme is being expressed through the music. From the time composing Scripture inspired piano was just an idea, and from the first melody to the newest, there has always been a very strong sense this was something much bigger than me and my abilities. My prayer as I compose is for everyone who encounters the music to sense God’s presence and to listen for His voice.
I live in Atlanta with my wife and two children. I enjoy photography, cooking and running. One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive” (from Wild at Heart by John Eldredge).