Monday, March 30, 2015

[Video] Maurice A. Lanier (@MRLanier) - We Are The Culture

Maurice Lanier (born Maurice Andre Murphy on July 16, 1982) is a singer, songwriter, and arranger based in Washington, D.C. His eclectic influence on music is just as diverse as his culturally-diverse background. Due to his parents' honorable service in the United States Air Force, Lanier was naturally inclined to adapt to several different cultures over his life as he moved around the globe from his childhood all the way into his early adulthood. Born on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Lanier was raised moving around the United States and Europe including various cities in New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, Germany, and later moved to Washington, D.C. to join his mother and reunite with their family who are natives of the D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Maurice Lanier treasures the gifts and influences of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Chuck Mangione, The Gap Band, Bilal Oliver, Lauryn Hill, and Kim Burrell as a major part of his musical savvy. His late grandmother, Mary Murphy, was the matriarch of their family and hailed as a distinguishably skilled poet, author, and songwriter of her time. She was known by the family to have submitted a song to a Motown producer in the 1960's, and to have heard the song she wrote on the radio. Lanier carries on her legacy of soul, spirituality, freedom, justice, poetry, music, and laughter into this era of contemporary sounds. Lanier's life experiences

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