Lamont Van Hook
As a young child, Lamont Van Hook was constantly surrounded by music and musicians who would play a great role in shaping his unique musical style.
Born into two families which boasted musical talents both studied and natural, Lamont reflects,”I don’t think I had much choice in the matter, my family says that they always knew what my career choice would be and deep down I guess I did too”. Lamont received much of his early training in his family church and by watching many of his family members “Do Their Thing”.
An Oakland, CA native, Lamont began appearing professionally at age 14 as a drummer in a local R&B top 40 band. His recording debut came at about the same time, but in the gospel music genre.
Lamont continued his musical efforts in the Bay Area until being accepted into Howard University in Washington, D.C., where his talents were further developed. “I think Howard (university) is where I learned to be myself and to trust myself musically”, he adds. Lamont recorded two albums with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble which featured two of his original compositions, one of which was nominated for a national young composers award. Other achievements during his tenure at Howard University include performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder among others and being selected as Student of the Year (Jazz Studies) during his Junior year of matriculation.
After graduating from Howard University, Lamont eventually settled in Los Angeles where he continues to develop his musical skills. Between performances in night clubs, local churches, recording sessions and the world’s stages, he has managed to create a musical style that is unique, yet not totally unfamiliar, which allows the listener to be immediately drawn into the song-picture being created. “It’s all about communication” Lamont adds, “If I can’t make you feel and understand the message, then I’m not doing my job”.
After recording and touring with Rod Stewart, in addition to performing, touring and recording with Sting, Phil Collins, and Diana Ross among others, Lamont has decided to follow his passion and commit to his solo career as a country music artist.
The spring of 2020 saw the release of Lamont’s first country single “Something New”.
Lamont’s debut project entitled “My Name Is Lamont Van Hook” is scheduled for release in early 2024. The project includes 8 self penned tracks, 1 co-write and 2 covers including the country classic “Wichita Lineman”. Some of the players and singers lending their gifts to the recording include Leland Sklar, Jerry Watts, Jr., Pat McGrath and the late Mike Shapiro. In addition to Grammy Award winning engineers, Erik Zobler and Mick Guzauski.
Lamont remarks that this record is an effort to “create my own lane” within the genre of country music combining my love of Country, R&B, Pop and Gospel.
“My hope is that the players, singers and engineers on the record are proud of what they helped create. I’m excited to share my spin on country music with listeners around the world and to perform my songs on some of the same stages whereI’ve performed with other artists over the years”.
He is now ready…