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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lamar White

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lamar White.

Hi Lamar, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up in different group homes, music was the fastest and most effective escape from my reality. I went from being a listener to reciting what I heard, and eventually I picked up the pen by age 12. I sharpened my craft over the years by playing in beginning, concert and symphonic band. My childhood friends and myself would get together and write songs after school. The first song I ever recorded was with my friends and was placed on the radio by tj of tjs djs. The song was called “it’s a fight” by cold black. It got regular rotation in the region but with poor management behind us, eventually the buzz went away. That motivated me to keep at it. These days I operate as a performance/ recording artist and have started doing A&R work to help artists like myself move in the right direction.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been a twisting, winding roller coaster. There has been chaos, triumph and devastation. If it were not for the love I have for my children, I would have changed careers a long time ago.

One particular time that almost derailed me was hearing the news at the hospital that my oldest daughter had been diagnosed with lymphoma. That broke my heart into pieces. That was in 2018, she recovered. Another wild twist was finding out that someone was ready to invest in me to take my career to the next level and my manager turned them down without consulting with me. I was angry for three months. Let’s just say we will never speak again. I have gotten past it, but I also have nothing to say to the gentleman.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I perform in a live band and write/ record music. Some people have said what sets me apart is being able to sing correctly with conviction and also rap. Apparently, it’s difficult to do. For me, it is normal. It’s my gift. Another gift I have is the ability to find talent. So far, I have been able to change a few lives just by connecting artists with my people. I am proud to be able to say I could help them.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Seeing my children happy makes me happy. Helping others and feeding people. People don’t know the real me but I love to cook for my friends and family. Another thing that really brings peace and joy is playing my bongo on the beach. There’s just something about watching the waves crash while tapping away to skip Marley that calms my nerves.

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The Rivertown Band

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