Lawrence Preston is a R&B/Soul Artist inspired by Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stanley Clark, and many others. He is a Bassist/Vocalist.
Young Lawrence Preston
About Lawrence Preston
Lawrence Preston is a native San Franciscan who is a singer, songwriter and bass guitarist. His earliest exposure to stage and performing began at the age of 5 as a member of the Fantastic Four, a child quartet gospel group. The group was started by Lawrence's father in the memory of his deceased musician/singer brother-in-law. The group was comprised of three of Lawrence Preton's male cousins, who were the sons of his brother-in-law Benny. His first exposure to playing/performing in front of thousands of people came in 1981, when he was the bass player for the San Francisco Christian Center production of the Singing Cross. After graduating from high school, Preston began his professional career as the bass player for Dorothy Morrisson, who was the vocalist on the internationally acclaimed gospel hit, "Oh Happy Day". He became a solo artist in 1993. While building a solo career, he began doing session work as a bassist for gospel acts, as well as local performing acts such as Ricardo Scales. He recorded his first CD single, entitled," A Little Vanity", in 1995. He recorded his first full CD "And Now, Lawrence Preston" in 1997.
Lawrence Preston - The Artist
A San Francisco native, Lawrence was born into a musical family, his parents having formed a gospel group, The Sensational Travelers, who rehearsed in the local church at which his grandfather was pastor. At the age of only five, Lawrence was part of another family gospel group, Fantastic Four, also featuring his father, a talented guitarist. Becoming known locally as “The Gospel Jackson Five”, he had now truly become committed to music, learning to play trombone, guitar and, his ultimate weapon of choice, bass guitar. Aged 19, his musical skill was spotted by Sly & the Family Stone founder, Freddie Stone who in turn recommended him to “Oh, Happy Day” singer, Dorothy Morrison, leading to a significant period in the 1980s as the bass player in her gospel band. Taking his time to truly learn his craft, Lawrence emerged in the 1990s as an artist with a wealth of experience, recording his first full-length album in 1997. “Something for You” is Lawrence Preston at the peak of his powers, an artist for fans of classic soul and for those wanting to hear real musicianship and passion.
It’s reassuring to know that in these days of click tracks and auto tune, REAL SOUL still exists. Not just music which fits a convenient pigeon-hole but music with real heart and a real musician creating it. Lawrence Preston is not just an incredible singer, he is a skilled-songwriter; studio producer and multi-instrumentalist, focussing on the bass as his primary instrument. “Something for You” typifies the effortless, soothing song-writing style Lawrence has come to be known for, whilst incorporating more surprising influences from the worlds of jazz and gospel. This then is what Lawrence deems, Eclectic Soul, a sound which we can all expect to hear much more of. Stanley Clark “Something for You’ perfectly showcases Lawrence’s ultra-smooth soul and his truly stunning musicianship, his bass-playing immediately bringing to mind Marcus Miller, Rustee Allen and Stanley Clarke – this is not just bass-playing which holds a groove, it takes on a life of its own, holding you magnetically to the song. Vocally, Lawrence exudes the luscious tones of Aaron Neville, Sam Cooke and Ronald Isley, a sound which seems as effortless to him as breathing yet has such an elegance and precision that you wonder how it’s been hidden away so long.
Lawrence Preston's sound is an integration of Old School influence with a contemporary spin. This blend of music, he calls "Eclectic Soul". Preston's influence ranges from traditional quartet gospel groups such as "The Pilgrim Jubilees", "The Violinaires", "The Gospelaires", and "The Highway Q.C's" to R&B groups "Cameo", "Kool and the Gang", "Dazz Band", and "Lakeside". His vocal influences are Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Gerald Alston of the "Manhattans". LP's (Lawrence Preston) playing reflects a great respect and appreciation for his instrumental influences Stanley Clark, Michael Atkins of "The Pilgrim Jubilees", Verdeen White, "Earth Wind and Fire", Bernard Edwards of "Chic", Jaco Pastorius, and Marcus Miller.