Omaha residents Cher & Gene Klosner, a sister-brother singer/songwriter duo, wrote their first songs as kids, and their love of music is their driving force behind everything they do, from entertaining audiences in live and online concerts, writing songs for commercials and film/TV/animated shorts to producing, arranging, recording, and guest speaking at schools and music events. Having grown up on Motown, Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, singer/songwriters, and Broadway musicals, Cher & Gene Klosner write and perform in genres ranging from indie-pop to the blues.
Cher and Gene grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and after college, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they spent several years honing their songwriting skills, learning the ins and outs of the ever-changing music industry, and performing at Opryland USA, which led to a recording contract, a performance on the Grand Ole Opry, and it’s where Cher met her future husband, Animator and Story Artist, Ben Lane.
Cher, Gene and Ben relocated to Los Angeles, where Cher and Gene began writing for the film/TV industry and directing a teen and contemporary choir in Paramount, California, while Ben was animating for “The Simpsons.” The Klosners were soon commissioned by The United in Memory Foundation to compose their song, “Tower of Love,” for the unveiling of the United in Memory 9/11 Memorial Quilt, which was performed in L.A. and New York, and has since been used in many 9/11 memorial tributes. Together, Cher and Gene have formed their own record label, released four albums, and have sold over 25,000 CDs and several thousand downloads.
Cher & Gene Klosner are back in Omaha, where they have recently been accepted into the prestigious Nebraska Arts Council's Nebraska Touring Artists Program, continue to perform concerts, live-stream shows, record and compose for many projects. Their music, together and individually, has landed music placements in ads and for shows on NBC, Netflix, Cartoon Network, El Rey Network, National Geographic, Disney+, Atom Films, for animated and film shorts, and for Disney. Cher was hired to write the opening song for Disney’s Frozen wrap party, which was performed by the Disney Steamboat Strummers at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Cher’s song, “Please Don't Send Me Fruitcake,” has been recorded by The von Trapp Children and has been performed by many symphonies throughout the US and Europe, and her song, “I Am a Carpenter (Joseph’s Song),” has been recorded and performed by musicians, ensembles, singers, bands and choirs around the world, on six continents to date. Cher and Gene live-stream performances on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and various platforms. Cher & Gene Klosner are currently recording their fifth and sixth albums, set to be released in 2023 and 2024.