Official Biography (courtesy of Lance Drummonds)
Being aware of your true calling since the age of 5 is a luxury not many of us have, but soul singer Lance Drummonds happens to be one of the very fortunate. After viewing a tape of his singing at a family get together, Drummonds has been pursuing his dream of showcasing his talents to the world ever since.
While today's popular music culture currently venerates icons such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, both of whom Drummonds greatly admires and consistently draws comparisons to, music of another era continues to inspire him. Artists like Teddy Pendergrass, The OJays, Donnie Hathaway, Earth Wind and Fire, Rick James, Al Green and many more inspire the soulful and ambitious compositions, which are commonplace in Lance's performances and written music. In regards to this, Drummonds says "I'm different in the sense that the music I create possesses energy. A lot of R&B today is well put together, however it is not as energetic as the R&B of the 60s and 70s. I am into creating energetic, heartfelt music that people can relate to."
Lance's proclamations are not far from the truth, and in fact, may be even modest proclamations of his abilities. After a breakout performance in the spring of 2006 where Lance Drummonds fully composed and performed with a live band at Wesleyan University, the blog world was immediately set ablaze with postings and re-postings of the video chronicling his amazing performance. On sites such as Palmsout.com, Soulshower.com and many others, comments such as, "Wow, even with the amateur recording there's no disguising that soulful voice - beautiful!" were made that point well to something that Drummonds has aspired to and sensed indistinctly all of his life, and that is superstardom in every sense of the word.
After graduation in 2006, Lance continued to soar as he took his performances to a number of cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver, New Orleans, and New York. While in New York, the buzz surrounding, The Lance Drummonds Experience, "a vibrant and expressive performance where the focus is connecting with, relating to, and entertaining the audience" was unavoidable. Live sets at the globally recognized venues CBGB's, Bitter End, Crash Mansion, and SOB's garnered recognition among fellow artists, labels, and music blogs. With a determination to succeed, his live performances carried him to an opening slot for the internationally recognized singing sensation, Laura Izibor this past summer in 2009 and will undoubtedly lead him through the vision he saw at the tender age of five.
Besides an immense propensity for composition and a huge, heartwarming voice, Lance is an extremely hardworking and complex artist. But don't ever give him the credit for his accomplishments. When asked, "Are you proud of yourself for all that you have done thus far," The humble Lance Drummonds recites a quote that he shares after every performance, "And made visible to me were my dreams as I stood on the shoulders of giants." This humble yet determined nature is what has allowed Drummonds to reach new heights and impress those he encounters.
Family is of the utmost importance to Lance, and he cites a potentially fatal experience regarding his younger brother as one that permanently changed his life, reinforcing his strong desire to become a successful artist and be in a position to provide and protect to the best of his ability. When asked about this experience, Lance said
"It basically taught me to live life today like it's your last day, cause you never know if it is. Love and cherish those who love and cherish you cause you never know when it's theirs."
As he readies his debut album, "Time and Space" it is undeniable that his passion, drive, and focus will undoubtedly buoy the young Lancelot into the ranks of music's upper echelon of talent. It is said that life repeats itself and often works in cycles: Lance seeing himself on the television screen at the age of five, albeit just a homemade video-tape at the time, was nothing short of a forecast of greater things to come.