Singer/Songwriter, CL Montgomery Jr was born in Fresno, Ca., February 25,1950. His gospel-singing parents were his first and strongest influences. Mr. & Mrs. Montgomery sang in church, but it was when they were driving on the highways and singing duets that was the most impressive to Junior.
In late 1963, the family moved from Fresno County to South Central Los Angeles to their new home near the Coliseum.
KGFJ! LA was a whole new world as he began experiencing and living the soul music explosion. He started buying 45 records and singing to hit songs on the radio.
In 1971, he met and partnered with guitarist/songwriter, and God-brother, Talib R Jamal who grew up in the Hollywood area-playing guitar and writing in the folk/rock style. They blended their sounds and formed the band named The Innermood.
Together, they wrote songs like “I Don’t Think (I’ll do that anymore),” Manikin”, “The Brother Song”, “Pretty Girls” and more. Montgomery/Jamal also wrote “Who In The Hell (do you think you are?”) commemorating a time of troubled relationships. They continued working and rehearsing together on Jamal’s tunes, “I’m Going To Go On Trying", "I Don't Think (I'll Do That Anymore", “I Long For A Change, and “A Better Day.”
The Innermood mainly consisted of Charles (Cl Montgomery Jr); lead vocals, bass guitar, Talib Jamal; rhythm/lead guitar, vocals and bandleader, The dynamic Watomi (Thomas Mosley Jr); percussion, lead, and backup vocals who also wrote and sang lead on “World of Dreams” and “Hot Wax”.
The band included the amazing Paul Harris (currently with EJE Band.com), drums, Keyboards, and back-up singer. Michael Richardson, a very accomplished drummer, music arranger, and long-time member of The Innermood.
John Davis, the first drummer for the group, and Drummer David Scott (Dawoodi) also played with The Innermood. The Innermood performed all around the LA area at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Improv, The Watts Festival (2), and Club George in Beverly Hills, various political fundraisers, and local clubs in the South Central area. Their first professional demo was produced by the incomparable Charles Wright of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band at Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood.
In 1978, after 7 years with the band, CL signed with Al Frazier (Ladera Records) as solo artist, Charles Montgomery. Al Frazier, of The Rivingtons fame, (“Papa-Om-Mow-Mow” and “The Birds the Word” and many more, became his professional manager, publisher and mentor. CL bought several Innermood songs in and they were soon mastered and published as singles.
The new relationship with Ladera/Quan Records produced “I Don’t Think I’ll Do That Anymore,” “Pretty Girls”, “I Can Only Pray”, “(Thinkin’ About) You and Me” written by Montgomery/Jamal. “Only the Time,” “I Love You So” and “Message To The Children” were written by the Fraziers, Pauline and Al and put to music by Charles Montgomery.
Because of this association, Montgomery met and worked with superstars like Lou Rawls, Janet Dubois, Mary Wells, Cecil and Curtis Womack, Patrice Rushen, Jessie Belvin Jr and other professional artists and musicians who, some, contributed greatly with their immense talents in studio sessions. These sessions and productions were under the direction of Harold ‘Stemzy’ Hunter. As Charles Montgomery, Cl enjoyed receiving top marquee billing at The Hollywood Palladium for UNCF fundraiser concert and performed at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
In 1980, CL suspended his music career and moved back his hometown of Fresno California. In 1983 he worked on a final project with Al Frazier of Ladera/Quan Records.
CL traveled from Fresno to Los Angeles while working nights to record the singles, “Can We,” written by Charles Montgomery and the long-playing 45 “Only The Time”, Written By Al & Pauline Frazier “(Learn How To) Make Three Kinds of Love” a Montgomery tune was not released. These were his last productions with Al Frazier and Ladera/Quan Records.
In 2010, CL released his first album as an independent artist under his actual name of Cl Montgomery Jr. It is titled “Better Than I” and the instrumentals “I Do It At Home” and “Do-Re-Mi”. CL has continued creating his music and has released three more songs, "Bouncin Off A Satellite", "My Blue Skies" and "Atmosphere One" in 2013.
My thoughts examined.
My feelings expressed.
My emotions exposed.
I have a more perfect Lyric.