Creative and Dreams Music Network is deeply honored to recognize Lamont Dozier, one of the primary architects of the Motown Sound and a legendary recording artist, songwriter and producer.
Lamont Dozier, as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, in the 1960’s is responsible for writing and producing more than 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Freda Payne and a host of others, giving Lamont credit for being one of the primary architects of the Motown Sound. As a result, Lamont has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he recently received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can achieve.
Aside from the recording industry, musical theatre has always been a passion of Lamont’s and his first foray as composer/lyricist into that medium, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, based on the award-winning children’s book, is being produced on Broadway in Fall 2013. He also has three other original musical theatre projects in the works in various stages of development. Two are being prepared specifically for theatres in London’s West End, while the other two are vying to be on the stages of Broadway theatres in NYC.
Lamont has enjoyed tremendous international success as a recording artist, and was named Best New Male Pop Vocalist from Billboard and received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album in 2002 for his Reflections album. He has had continued success as a songwriter and producer and has worked with such acts as Alison Moyet, Aretha Franklin, Simply Red, Phil Collins, Boy George, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Joss Stone, Solange Knowles, Dave Stewart, Sir Cliff Richard and George Benson.
Lamont collaborated with Phil Collins on the soundtrack for Buster, which earned them a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Brit Award, Britain’s distinguished Ivor Novello honor and an Oscar nomination for the song, “Two Hearts.”
Lamont Dozier’s ‘70s solo albums, which contain hit songs such as “Going Back To My Roots,” “Trying To Hold On To My Woman,” “Fish Ain’t Biting” and “Shine,” have been sampled over and over again making his catalogue one of the most sampled music catalogues to date by everyone from rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to Lil Wayne, to Dr. Dre to The Alchemist to Common, Lupe Fiasco, Three 6 Mafia to soul icons Mary J. Blige and Nas to Usher and alternative rockers Linkin Park.
Lamont is in his fourth term as a Trustee of NARAS and chairs its Advocacy Committee. In 2007 Lamont received the prestigious Thornton Legacy Award from USC, where he is a professor for the new Popular Music Major offered through the Thornton School of Music, which has established the very prestigious and sought-after “Lamont Dozier Scholarship” in perpetuity.
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