US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic ‘DJ’ style flows on his new single “One By One” featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as “Father & Son” performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston. The Morgans are among a long list of international reggae hitmakers including Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, John Holt, Tami Chynn, Uroy, Tanya Stephens, Gramps, Lady Saw, Tessanne Chin, Ken Booth, Yellowman, Pinchers and most recently Mavado, who have all graced the stage at the famed Kingston venue.
“I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay” the young Morgan beamed. “Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special” he disclosed.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family’s strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn’t take long for Laza to completely embrace the world of reggae. His experiences in Springfield and Brooklyn influenced him heavily too, as he began incorporating hip-hop, R & B and pop into his musical lexicon. After graduating from High School, Laza and 2 of his 30 siblings formed the hiphop/reaggae group LMS and toured the world supporting Morgan Heritage, the internationally recognized roots Reggae band founded by his father and several of his other brothers and sisters.
2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke’s hit single “Start Without You” which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida’s hit single ’21’ from the album “The Only One.” His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney’s feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.
Laza’s dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I’ll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.
“The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform” he said.
Denroy’s new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. The first single, Revelation Come To Pass is already out and gaining traction on radio in the USA. Denroy enlisted the support of a number of prominent recording artists to guest on the forth coming album among them- Toots and the Maytals, Chi-Lites and Sidney Mills from the revered UK group Steel Pulse. And on the production side, New Jersey’s Rick Iantosca credited with delivering the magic on the album.