Music has gone through transformations for both the better and the worst but as musical technology advances, artists seem to be forgetting that creating music is something more than a quick profit. Hiding behind auto-tune and getting lost in pigeon-hole conventions music is slowly becoming a hypodermic needle some consumers are willingly injecting because they know no different. Lawrence Preston is a welcome break from this mass production and stands as a reminder that there are genuine artists still out there. Creating soul music with real heart, the singer/songwriter has returned with his new single ‘Something For You.’
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Emerging initially in the 90s, Lawrence recorded his first full length album in 1997 that contained the glowing wealth of experience he already had as a musician. Born into a musical family in San Francisco Lawrence was destined for musical greatness before he could even learn to speak, no matter sing! His parents formed a gospel group (The Sensational Travelers) at the local church where his grandfather was a pastor and it is undeniable this connection made it into Lawrence’s incredible voice. By the age of five he was a part of another family gospel group that was known locally as The Gospel Jackson Five but had the official name of Fantastic Four and was only the beginning of Lawrence’s lifelong commitment to music. This unwavering commitment turned Lawrence not only into a singer but also multi-instrumentalist as he is able to play the trombone and guitar but shows his true talent with the bass.
By age nineteen, Lawrence already had a horde of musical talent and personal experience under his belt but just needed to catch one influential eye to showcase this. He caught that eye in the form of Freddie Stone who is the founder of Sly & The Family Stone who recommended him to Dorothy Morrison. Morrison recognised Lawrence’s bass talent and had him play for a significant amount of time in her gospel band in the 1980s. This professional experience lead to Lawrence’s album in the 90s and now he’s back with his new single ‘Something For You.’
‘Something For You’ is a soul infused track that perfectly marries Lawrence’s smooth vocals and his magnetic bass playing. From the first note the song draws you in and maintains a low burning rhythm of ultra-smooth funk that brings to mind the likes of Marcus Miller, Rustee Allen and Stanley Clarke. Lawrence’s velvet vocals make you feel as if he is singing directly to you and is almost a blessing beating upon your eardrum. Available now, ‘Something For You’ is exactly what it promises to be.
Review by Skye W.Winwood