Artist Spotlight: Laza Morgan
Jamaica’s Laza Morgan is making his solo debut with the catchy “This Girl,” a guaranteed summertime hit. The breezy track is the first single from the soundtrack to Step Up 3D, the third (and first digital) installment of the film franchise (in theaters August 6). Son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan and former member of LMS (a popular Jamaican group) Laza is now focusing on his own distinctive ‘Sing-J’ sound that mixes hip-hop, dancehall, and roots reggae influences. His as-yet-untitled debut album is to be released later this year.
We caught up with Laza to talk about his debut single, the concept of ‘Sing-J,’ his thoughts on the current political situation in Jamaica and more.
“This Girl” is your debut solo track. How would you describe it?
“A breath of fresh air! It’s a feel good love song, perfect for all seasons and a song anyone can sing.”
Have you been fortunate to experience a dream girl like the one you sing about in the track?
“Not quite yet, but I’m fortunate to have had some good ones in my life!”
You’re labeling your sound “Sing-J.” What does that mean exactly?
“I’ve been a ‘chanta’ (meaning DJ/Jamaican-style rapping) since I started doing music. Now I’, doing things I never thought I would be doing with my voice and developing it to sing better. I had that with the rapping and call it ‘Sing-J’.”
You come from a musical family. What lessons has your father, Denroy Morgan, taught you over the years?
“To work hard, never give up on my dreams and to always give glory to the one who give life—Jah.”
What can we expect from your upcoming album?
“I’m trying to make a classic album—one that could appeal to various types of people and cultures. I’m saying you will feel good and dance. It will probably put you in the mood to make love, haha! It will be nice and it will represent me from the past, present and future.”
What are your thoughts on the current political situation in Kingston?
“It’s crazy, like many other places in the world. I pray for the best for the people in Jamaica and hope that after this storm there will be a calm. I look forward for better days to come.”
We’re primarily a fashion site so we’d like to know—how would you describe your personal style?
“Fly jeans, fly kicks, in your face shirts and new fitted hats all day—that’s me. Look out for my fashion line coming soon!”