Against All Odds
Bryan LaMontagne, also known as BL, was born in Salem, MA. He began his career in music at the age of twelve as a classical trumpet player. Gifted from the start, he gained local and national recognition for his talents as a soloist for national orchestras. After achieving what he feels was a high point in his playing, he decided to shift gears and turn his musical gifts towards singing and songwriting. Since then, he has studied with vocal coach Mark Baxter, known for his work with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, been invited to attend Donna Wrights Artist Development Workshop in Orlando Florida, and has been offered a full paid scholarship to Berklee College of Music for vocal performance. He competed in the USA World Showcase in Las Vegas, NV on July 26, 2003, placing first in the male vocal category out of approximately 42,000 applicants world wide. In the summer of 2003, Bryan joined forces with producer/engineer/songwriter Shawn Moseley to begin pre-production of his record entitled '2 Hearts.' At the end of an intense and sometimes emotional year, '2 Hearts' was completed. Added bonuses on the record are a music video and world renowned producer, Rodney 'Cortada' Alejandro. As the associate producer on the album, Rodney added some great twists to Bryan's work. In addition, he contributed a few songs of his own. You'll know Rodney's work from his years spent as producer/songwriter and programmer with Narada Michael Walden with such greats as the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Diana Ross, and many others. The final step for the album was to assure the listeners the best possible sound, so Bryan went to Senior Master Engineer, Chris Gehringer, of Sterling Sound, N.Y.C. Realizing his heart and talent truly lied in the powerful movement of Reggae and Hip-Hop, Bryan began production of his second record, in the Reggae/Hip-Hop Genres. He has been stylistically compared to AKON in the Hip-Hop Industry, and currently has held the Number 2 spot for 12 weeks on the Billboard charts in the UK with his smash hit "Touch Your Toes", Featuring Fat Joe. He has a very powerful team of producers and additional features on this record. Features on the record include Fat Joe from Terror Squad, Jadakiss of D_Block, T.O.K. of VP records, Styles P of Interscope records, and Sasha of VP Records. Bryan has been receiving rave reviews and stunning audiences nationwide with his powerful voice. He has performed internationally in Jamaica, Aruba and Canada. The top cats in the Reggae and Hip-Hop industry have been quoted saying that Bryan's passion and unique style and sound for music will no doubt take him to the top.