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Laza Morgan

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Springfield MA, United States

Laza Morgan (born Otiyah Morgan in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American urban singer signed to Atlantic Records’ Elektra label. His debut single “This Girl” is featured on the soundtrack of 2010 Disney film Step Up 3D.
Laza is the son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan, whose multi-platinum song “I’ll Do Anything for You” became popular on urban stations. Laza has said “From the beginning, music was everywhere, all the time,” while growing up in Brooklyn, New York. His father, brothers, and sisters were always rehearsing, recording, and performing; their homes were always filled with music and musicians: Peter Tosh and Rakim; KRS One and Buju Banton; Run-DMC and Thelonius Monk, Jr.; The Fat Boys, The Wailers, Mtume, and many more. Denroy’s hit resulted from an early genre-bending experiment: it was produced and recorded in collaboration with Bert Reid of the soul/funk band, Crown Heights Affairs.
“Sing-J” is Laza’s term for what he calls a mix of raw hip-hop beats, dancehall grooves, reggae rhythms, and urban/pop sensibilities, and story-telling from a fresh, emotive four-octave tenor. As early as age 7, Laza became interested in writing music and performing. At 13 he started a group with his brother; they performed at Jamaica’s famed Reggae Sunsplash. MCA Records heard them and signed them. The group toured the world with other Morgan progeny, Morgan Heritage. “Our father kept us focused; focused on our music,” Laza says.

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