Born: November 14, 1963
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....
AwardsShe has received several awards including "The Governor Lorraine Hunt Award" for "Keeping Tradition Alive In Las Vegas" and the distinguished American Italian Cultural Roundtable of New York honored Lena for continuing her father's legacy and representing women in the field of jazz.
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