La-Nai Gabriel is an award-winning composer, arranger, producer. and graduate of the Music Studies program at Humber College in Toronto, and the Sound and Music Recording program at Recording Arts Canada in Montreal. While performing extensively in Canada and internationally in the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia, La-Nai has been featured as a music director and arranger for commercial and artistic musical projects as well as a songwriter and composer for her own work.
La-Nai received a 2022 Canadian Screen Music Award (CASMA) for Best Original Score for Interactive Media with co-composer Janal Bechthold for their work on “No Reason to Apologize: The Resilient Legacy of Viola Desmond”, produced by Teach Media.
She is also featured as composer for the 12-part docuseries “Dreams in Vantablack” by director Ian Keteku, which premiered on CBC Gem in September 2022. Her work as a composer will also be featured in upcoming episodes of “Thomas and Friends: All Engines Go!”, “Superwish”, and “Gisele’s Mashup Adventures”.
La-Nai is featured on the latest release by Tanika Charles, “Papillion de Nuit” released April 2022. She has arranged winds, strings, and vocals for Madame Gandhi, Maylee Todd, Claire Davis, Maya Killtron, Gary Beals, Leah Canali, and Kizis. Laarranging work is featured on three songs on Vivek Shraya’s 2017 Polaris Prize long list nominated album “Part-Time Woman” featuring Queer Songbook Orchestra.
La-Nai's production, under the alias laaain, is featured on Leah Canali’s debut EP “Light +Dark” , on “IDFT:The Secret Track” featuring Katya Zamo, and co-written by Tafari Anthony. “Away Mission”, laaain’s first self-produced EP, was released in 2021. In addition to her work as a recording artist, La-Nai co-composed the new musical “burden of proof” alongside Scott Christian and writer Rob Kempson, which was featured as part of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project 2020 season at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Currently, La-Nai lives by the beach in Victoria, BC.