Shreveport musician Landon Lloyd Miller has released the music video for the title track from his debut solo album, “Light Shines Through,” that was filmed at The Strand Theatre.
Miller grew up surrounded by music while attending his father’s church and with his mother, who was a traveling Gospel choir director. Miller learned to play the guitar, piano and drums in addition to running tech for theatre productions.
Miller used to be the front man of the Shreveport “space western” band The Wall Chargers before taking the leap to produce “Light Shines Through,” which came out March 4, 2022. The album was recorded at Hermit House in Shreveport and produced by Miller and Josiah Rambin. It showcases songs about vulnerability and life created by a musician who’s experienced a lot of both and serves as a reminder that when the darkness creeps in, the light will always shine through.
More:Learn about Landon Lloyd Miller and his debut album here.
During the 2020 pandemic, Miller was sad to see The Strand out of commission and decided to reach out to see if his previous employer would allow him to use it as the backdrop for his music video.
“I was the audio engineer there, and we weren’t using the place. It was sad,” explained Miller. “And everybody was all worried about the future, and I was like, ‘This seems like a really good time to just roll the piano out on stage and film something.’ The world was at a standstill, but I just wanted to do something.”
The black and white video is simple, with Miller playing the baby grand piano alone on stage in the empty theatre. It’s quite the departure from the more cinematic approach to his previous two music videos for singles “Light Is Growing” and “Bluebonnet.” Miller feels “quite honored” to have the opportunity to perform at the historic venue.
“The Strand Theatre is the most inspiring venue I’ve ever set foot in. Every inch of the place has a memory for me,” Miller said. “I remember being a young kid and craning my neck to see the frescos and murals that are painted throughout. The first time I ever saw a true Broadway show was at the Strand. ‘Les Misérables’ in a 1,500 capacity venue with crimson red seats and curtains.
“There is an amazing basement that is below street level. In Louisiana that means that water is running down the interior walls, and it’s constantly trying to flood. To prevent that, there are sump-pumps working 24/7 to move the water up to the sewage line on the ground-floor. The remains of a pipe organ are still scattered throughout the basement, and there is a network of tunnels and hidden chambers. So far, it’s the only time I’ve been able to actually perform on the stage myself.”
You can keep up with Landon Lloyd Miller on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stream “Light Shines Through” on Spotify and Apple Music now.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]