Bassist and soul totem, Lawrence Preston, returns with his latest earworm, “Stood Up”, his quite literal observations of an unlucky chap wearily dragging his heels past his hotel room window, having clearly been…you know the rest.
Whilst his previous radio hit, Something for You, showcased Lawrence’s syrupy, soul lullaby style, Stood Up is an awesome 80’s funk tribute, with popping slap bass guitar, loads of synth stingers and an almost disturbingly catchy chorus that will have you swearing you’ve heard it before somewhere.
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. “Stood Up” shows Lawrence Preston as being not just a consummate smooth soul singer at the peak of his powers but as an artist for fans of 70s disco and funk, 80s stars like Rick James and Maze and for those wanting to hear real musicianship and ego-free musical fusion.