Dallas-based singer Lil Larry is the only child of parents who had their own band — so it was somewhat inevitable that someone, at some point, was going to ask him to play some music or sing. And that’s what happened when he was about four years old, during a gig his parents were playing in Monaco.
“A guy heard my parents, and asked me if I could sing, and I ended up doing Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ with my dad’s band,” he shared. After that, he was hooked. “I played drums, sax, some keys — I started recording my own stuff at 12.” He writes about “daily experiences.”
“It’s personal — but not so much that someone else couldn’t relate to it. I try to connect with people” through music. And when it comes time to record, “I’m the biggest perfectionist. I don’t want to rush — I want to make sure every little echo make sense — to be as close to perfect as possible. Like a Picasso,” he laughed.
After college at Baylor, he landed an internship at Curb Records in Nashville. “I worked in the studio,” he explained, “and I was working on some of my own stuff during some downtime. Mike Curb ended up hearing it and he asked me to lunch — it turned out he wanted me to produce music with them.”
That’s led to his forthcoming EP. “It’s been two years of development,” he shared. “They really wanted me to be a well-rounded artist before being put in the spotlight.” And with a new video, as well as placements on some TV shows and an upcoming film, he’s well on his way.
“I will always tell people” when they see something impressive “that there’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes, and that a closed door isn’t always a bad thing because you can learn from it. You’ve got to be a sponge — and learn as much as you can from everyone.”