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Meet Nick Lamar

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

Nick, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for music started with my family, my mom in particular. She always played many different styles and they all sounded good to me. I took the different songs and styles that my mom played and polished them into my own.

At first, I was super shy. I couldn’t come to terms with singing for people even though I loved the attention. Eventually, I was able to get over my nerves and dig deeper into singing and my passion for music. It gave me a sense of purpose and helped me find myself.

Looking back on the years since I started singing, I’ve made the Top 75 contestant American Idol, music featured in multiple TV/Web series and moved across the country to grow my career. None of those amazing things would have happened if I didn’t have the right people in my corner.

I think Collaborations are a big part of my artistry; its how I grow. Back in 2014, my friends and I started a collective called House of M. We came together to tell our stories, leaning into our own experiences to develop good music. Having people around I can trust really creates peace of mind that’s priceless.

Has it been a smooth road?
My music journey has been anything but smooth. In 2015 while working on my debut project “Bel-Air”, I lost my mom, Penny. I was beyond devastated. I cried everyday for two years because,Until that point, I had never experienced true heartbreak. She was a huge light in my life and after she passed, I just felt darkness.

After that experience, I kinda lost touch with who I was. So I started writing more. There was no particular rhyme schemes just raw emotions. It felt good to be able to write and be vulnerable again. Those poems later transformed into a full album called “Laurel Hills”. Those records inspired me to hope again… I remember waking up for those sessions finally feeling something, even if it was a small drop of happiness. Before she died, I promised my mother I would never give up my passion for music, So I kept my head up and pushed forward. Eventually, I found my way out of that depression but I’m happy that I allowed myself to feel and be vulnerable for a change.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a singer/songwriter and producer.

Most times I’m often mistaken for a rapper. I mean its quite flattering but as soon as I open my mouth to sing, their perceptions change and they start paying attention. I love coming off the stage and walking through the crowd as I sing. It’s exhilarating and scary sometimes but it helps me get over my nerves.

Whenever I’m writing or performing, I just pull an experience from my mind and give it a sound, feeling and/or texture with my voice. I start with a memory or anything that connects me back to my authentic self. From there, I fill in that song like I would my imagination. Add in a little texture, with a splash of nostalgic melody fused with a memory and your on your way. Its like cooking add in those ingredients and tweak it based on your intentions. Always remember its not a race. Never be in such a rush that you compromise quality. Good music will always find a home.

My new EP, PRKSDE will be released later on this year.

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