Lanita Smith moved to LA last July to teach music at a local school. Earlier that year she had entered the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Competition, competing against 16,000 other artists, many of whom were professionals with albums, gigs, concerts and tours under their belts. As she took a new job, found a place to live in a very expensive city, and began to navigate LA's freeways and complex music industry, the Guitar Center entry was her first concern. To say she was stunned to learn that she had been chosen as one of the five finalists was an understatement. Just being a finalist meant that she won - $10,000 in musical equipment,national exposure, and a chance at the grand prize of $25,000 cash, an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show and an recording by the legendary producer Don Was and mentoring by pop star Colbie Calliat. She was the last to sing, almost disappearing behind the piano at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, but she was the one who touched everyone's heart,including Don Was's, who declared her the winner. We are very fortunate that Lanita is able to be with us this Friday before the coming tidal wave of fame and media overwhelms her. Because of her teaching schedule, we recorded the interview Monday, so you won't be able to call in and talk with her, but as always, send us your questions and we will forward them.