Lannie Battistini, born as Landin K. Battistini, hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. His multicultural background includes a 3rd generation Spanish-Italian father and an American-Italian mother from New Jersey.
At the tender age of 5, Lannie's love for music began to blossom. Gifted with a small piano from his grandmother, he would listen to melodies on the radio and TV and play them by ear with both hands. This ignited his lifelong passion for music and the piano became his primary focus. Lannie's musical journey started with playing anything he would hear on any instrument with keys, like the church organ and his neighbor's accordion. Growing up in a household filled with diverse music, ranging from opera classics to pop tunes, Lannie felt a deep connection to his instrument. By the age of 15, even without formal music training, his talent had gained recognition, and his mother started booking him and his band for private events throughout Puerto Rico, including hotels, civic centers, and corporate functions. At 19, Lannie was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in Arranging and Compositions, piano performance, and a minor in Film Scoring. Later, he furthered his studies at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, focusing on music production in the digital age.
Amidst every experience, Lannie maintains a profound gratitude for his talents, recognizing that his divine Creator his Savior Jesus has propelled his music journey with the bestowed gift. He humbly acknowledges himself as a vessel, allowing the music to effortlessly flow through his fingertips.
Embracing his heritage, Lannie developed a unique and eclectic style in his arrangements, blending jazz improvisations with Latin rhythms and occasionally incorporating other genres. Initially recognized as a performing Pop/Jazz artist, he later gained prominence as a skilled arranger, composer, and producer among his peers.
For a time, he lived in Los Angeles where Lannie collaborated with Kenny Passarelli, renowned bassist for Elton John, and became part of the production team as the band director at Acid Jazz Records. In 1994, he became one of the composers for the label. Additionally, Lannie opened his studio, LKB Music, in Miami, Florida. From 1985 to 1995, he dedicated his time to producing independent recording artists, songwriting, and composing/arranging original jingles for major advertising agencies.
Between 1998 and 2000, Lannie embarked on a world tour with the iconic Latin pop artist Olga Tañon, a journey that culminated in a Grammy Award for "Best Merengue Album" in 2000 and a Latin Grammy Award winner in 2001 for the album "Viva Olga, Olga Viva,” Album went Platinum in 2001. Soon after, in 2005 he reinvented himself and established his current venture, Hands In Motion Music Productions & Marketing, a multifaceted company comprising an independent music label, a recording studio, a music school, and a full-service production department and marketing agency catering to aspiring musicians. Lannie personally oversees the Production department and music school and serves as the master producer at the recording studio. Coaching emerging artists and nurturing their creative potential brings him immense fulfillment. Over his 35+ years in the industry, he has worked with over 180 independent recording artists, leaving an indelible mark on his craft.
In 2019, Lannie received his first Latin Grammy® Award as a producer for the album "Buenos Diaz" by The Lucky Band (Lucky Diaz). He also earned a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards (GMAs) for his work as a composer/arranger and his album "Moving On," which was also accoladed as one of the GMA's Top 10 Instrumental Albums of 2019.
In 2023, Lannie embarked on a new phase of his musical journey as an artist-in-residence with several universities and colleges. He finds great joy in working closely with advanced music students, offering mentorship, guidance, specialized instruction, and collaborating on projects involving his original arrangements and compositions. Go to his Artist in Residency page, LannieBattistini/Residency
Currently, Lannie has made Brandon, Florida his home base for his business, Hands In Motion Music School and Productions, where he resides with his wife and co-owner/Marketing Director, Neysa Rodriguez-Battistini. Despite his busy production schedule, Lannie frequently returns to the stage, accepting live engagements to reconnect with his performing roots and his dedicated fan base. Alongside music production, arranging and composing, and live performances, he continues to teach master piano classes and provide vocal coaching to those aspiring to pursue careers in music and performance at his music school.