Lytingale - Lois Henrickson

Lytingale (Lois Henrickson)

A prolific songwriter (about 350+ songs - I stopped counting!) and versatile musician (vocals, keyboards, guitar, flute, alto flute, dulcimer, hand drums, and awesome kazoo), "Lyte" has 3 albums (Home To My Heart on CD & Cassette, and Altar of Love and Inspirations on Cassette) as well as sheet music available from Lytingale Music. She is also the author of a workshop and book on reshaping and updating church music called Growing Your Church Music Program

Lois and Grandpa Henrickson
Lois & Grandpa Henrickson

She has used her clear soprano voice for all styles of music, from rock to opera, blues & jazz to musical comedy.  

Born in Farmington, Connecticut, she took voice lessons at Hartt School of Music, performed in school concerts and shows, and did roles for Myth Farmington community theater.  

As a freshman at Ithaca College, she was featured in their Opera Workshop.  She transferred to the University of Connecticut where she graduated summa cum laude, University Scholar with a major in Music Education (voice)... singing Mozart and madrigals for classes, and Grace Slick with a rock band on weekends.  In Richmond VA and Washington DC she performed in a folk duo called Crystal Blue Breeze.

Lyte has performed roles in musical theater at Asheville Community Theater, and has sung as soloist with The Asheville Choral Society, the North Carolina Symphony, and The Johnson City (TN) Symphony. 

She currently composes, accompanies, and sings with Womansong, Asheville's oldest and largest women's community chorus. Two of Lyte's original songs appear on their CD "Everybody Got Her Own."  Lyte's song "With Great Love" was chosen to be performed by a 300-voice mass choir at Sister Singers Network Festival 2010 in Chicago (sheet music available).  Her song "I Will Carry You" is the title track on Womansong's 2012 CD.

Lois in pink sweater Lyte's songs are widely used throughout Unity, and have been published in a Unity hymnal ("I Am Love") and in the Association of Unity Churches' songbook Songs From A World Awakening, Volume I ("Hold Me In Your Arms, Mother Earth," "I Open My Life," and "Spirit's Journey").

 "We Are All Friends Here" is used as a welcome song in many Unity churches, and "The Greatest Gift" is also sung in several churches of other denominations. 

Lyte at the piano
Lyte serves Unity Center in Mills River, NC, where she is... 
  • Editor for the Unity News & Views, a 20-page tabloid newspaper that is published quarterly, 
  • Webmaster for Unity of western NC, creating and maintaining our 200+-page spiritual journal website, and 
  • Minister of Music (and leader of The Unitic Band)  
  • Director and performer for their annual "Unity Plays Broadway" Show
  • Coordinator for the Unity Concert Series, where she also performs in several of the concerts, including "Unitics Go Classic."
Trilogy - Lytingale, Georgia Pressman, Joel Pressman
Performing at an UMMAS Retreat

Lytingale teaches private voice lessons, and team-teaches Voice Class with Terri & Lyte. 

Lyte sings at many wedding ceremonies, is a frequent performer at the annual UMMAS Retreat, and has performed for other regional and national Unity conferences. She performs solo, with The Unitic Band, or in Trilogy trio.


Lytingale (Lois Henrickson) Lytingale lives in beautiful western North Carolina, with her husband, Rev. Chad O'Shea, minister at Unity Center.  They are the parents of two talented children, Michael O'Shea (also performing as Kinjac; co-owner & mastering engineer at Solotechne Studios) and Kathryn O'Shea (Music Theatre major at University of Central Florida.)


From Lytingale Music:

Books and Songbooks:
Sheet Music: Click for information to order direct from Lytingale. (some songs are available for instant download)

Singing for a wedding on the Pacific coast

Weddings with Rev. Chad Facebook Page

Voice Study:  Private Lessons - or - Voice Class with Terri & Lyte

Buy & download mp3s:

Sheet Music - by mail, or some songs are available for instant download

To order by mail, direct from Lytingale:

Cassettes: $10 each         CD's: $15 each
Plus $5 Shipping/Handling per Order.

Send your check or money order, payable to "Lytingale" to:
Lytingale Music
43 N. Meadowview Dr
Mills River, NC   28759
(828) 891-8316

or e-mail Lytingalefor more information.

Mandala Unity Center
2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
(828) 891-8700
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