Christopher Bodden, Gleaner Writer
The parish of Hanover has an abundance of talented young people, and 25-year-old singer Lant is one of them as with his single titled Abstain, he is offering a positive message to youth who struggle with peer pressure.
"I get my inspiration from observing day-to-day activities of the youths who oftentimes, are led astray by their peers. I just saw the need to issue some guidelines," said the artiste, whose given name is Claude Lawrence. "There is a joy exhibited by people listening to the song. They are receiving the message, and I have been getting words of encouragement as well."
airplay on local radio stations
According to Lant, the song is currently enjoying airplay on local radio stations. He told Western Focus that he writes his own songs, among them, a new single titled Mr Big Man, as well as an upcoming release called Jah Guide My Steps.
His musical journey has not been without challenges as, he says, he has not got the exposure he would like as the opportunities are in Kingston. He said that as an artiste, he has had to stand his ground on many occasions in order to not be taken advantage of by unscrupulous persons in the music industry.
"It's tough for a youth from country to travel to Kingston as it is very costly. There is not much ratings for the countryman. It's really tough to get the music out there," he remarked.
The HEART Trust/NTA-trained Level II electrician describes a typical day: "I rise early and do my regular exercises. For breakfast, I love my cornmeal porridge," he said, while breaking into a smile. "Sometimes, I walk along the beach alone to be more in tune with nature and to gain inspiration for writing. I look at music in two ways - either to lead or mislead - and I chose to lead."