Ambitious multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer, Nick Lamar, invites us into his creative headspace with his heartfelt single, “PrettyWrds.”
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Lamar truly showcased his talents to the world by making the Top 75 of American Idol. After his mom passed away in 2015, Lamar decided to relocate to Los Angeles to further his musical career and journey with his friends.
House of M, a creative collective that Lamar formed, played a huge role in the release of his first EP, 'BEL-AIR' in 2016. Lamar received his first placement with his record 'Amy,' in 2017 on the Emmy Winning web-series “Giants”. Lamar’s single “Hello Weekend” was also featured on the Amazon series 7th and Love in 2017.
In October 2020, Lamar released his second EP, 'PRKSDE.' The single "Temptation" was featured on OWN network’s TV series, Ambitions, and he hasn’t let up since.
“PrettyWrds,” opens with the glimmer of mellow instrumentation where Lamar’s harmonies grace the musical components in a melodious manner. The soul in the words he sings offers us a sincere peep into his insight and artistic capabilities.
The tones of a lightly compressed electric guitar shine through after the first hook is recited. It is then joined with a talk box adding a futuristic yet nostalgic element, crossing over eras and genres that allow us to reminisce on the sounds of the decades.
The creative approach that was taken leaves for an interesting listens as the musical components flow effortlessly as they switch up and tell a story through the charismatic delivery Lamar puts forward.
As the vocals begin to get sparser as we greet the outro, we are left with fragments of the masterpiece that stay on the mind long after this record is completed.
We can’t wait to see what Nick Lamar has in store for us next. His magnetism and vivid personality have us on the hook. We are ready for what’s to come.
Listen to "PrettyWrds" here.
Congratulations on the release of, “PrettyWrds.” What is the meaning behind this piece of work and what would you like your fans to take from it?
I first started producing this record back in December 2018. I was dealing with some many false promises that entire year. It had bothered me for so long that I had to tell myself to stop letting that stuff get to you. I did the only thing I knew how: make a song about it. The song is an anthem for anyone emotionally drained and tired of empty promises and PrettyWrds.
I was in a really vulnerable space and I think that comes across on this track. The song was so unexpected from structure to subject matter but it felt so good. I want people to know that It’s ok to walk away from people or things that no longer serve you. Your energy is important. Protect your peace. When you feel like you need some musical therapy play this song. It will pick you up every time.
What was the studio session like when working on this record?
It was just me and the mic at home. I was up late one night and decided I wanted to do something different. It was very therapeutic.
Was the creative process for “PrettyWrds,” different than your process for other songs? Could you tell us a bit about it?
The process was very different. This was the first song I produced that I was very very proud of. But I still knew I needed to have the collaborative touch to make it happen.
My brothers Ray Quasi Nelson, Hipi Blvq, and Ike Carter helped me add that special magic to the final track to really take it to another level. The art of collaboration to me is brilliant, you learn so much from it. The song features Guitar by Hipi Blvq. I was super excited to have live instruments on this song. It really electrifies the listening experience and I wanted people to feel that.
Who are your musical influences that have helped shape your unique sound?
Outkast, Solange, Usher, Prince, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Coldplay & John Legend.
What has been keeping you inspired in 2020?
To be honest, my happiness is keeping me inspired. I’ve been working really hard to be that happy kid from Orlando again. Now that I’m releasing music, performing traveling, and doing a lot of things I use to dream of, it brings an unbreakable smile to my face. I heading into 2021 fearless and you should too.