Greg Lamboy has been singing since he could speak. Starting at age 3 he would sing himself to sleep with the songs he heard on the radio. The music continued through grade school where he got his first taste of indie stardom. “My 1st grade choir teacher found out I ‘played’ guitar and asked me to bring it to class. I stood up in front of a bunch of 6 year olds with my Sears plastic guitar, strummed one open chord and the crowd went nuts. I thought ‘Hey, I could get used to this.’” he says with a laugh.
He started writing songs in high school after purchasing his first real electric guitar (a Fender Strat he still owns), and began playing with local bands near his New Jersey home. From there he attended NYU where he studied Music Technology, showing an aptitude for production and arrangement. After a few years performing on the East Coast circuit, Lamboy moved to West Coast and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. He quickly became a fixture in the local music scene, through his involvement with the West Coast Songwriters organization and in founding the New Acoustic Movement, a series of singer/songwriter showcases around the Bay Area.
Lamboy was fortunate enough to study vocals under the renowned Judy Davis, whose former students read like a who’s who of the music world: From Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett, to 60’s icons like Janis Joplin and Grace Slick to later hit makers like Eddie Money, Journey, and En Vogue. “She was truly a musical mentor.” Lamboy says. “The lessons went so far beyond simple vocal exercises, going into presentation, repertoire, and music business savvy. It was the best graduate school any singer could hope for.”
Living in urban areas like New York and Oakland showed Lamboy a glimpse of the lives of the less fortunate and what he saw began to creep into his music. Many of his lyrics started to address more serious subjects like homelessness and despair while others began to reflect an emerging political consciousness. His singing and command of the guitar were never better, but now he was truly beginning to discover his ‘voice’.
2002 saw the release of his first full length album, “Every Drop of the Good”, an 11 track fully produced effort about which Music Connection said “Acoustic-pop troubadour Lamboy offers consistently melodic songs that are heartfelt observations on everyday life” and Evolution of Media opined “In a business of mediocrity, ‘Every Drop Of the Good’ is the real deal.” The CD featured songs strong on melody married to insightful, meaningful lyrics, and garnered numerous Best Song Awards from West Coast Songwriters. “Every Drop of the Good” achieved further success with PBS using his track “Dive Right In” for a science program to explain the physics of a diver breaking a plane of water. And in keeping with his dedication to walking his talk, the CD release concert for “Every Drop of the Good” served as a clothing drive for a local non-profit benefitting the homeless, Operation Dignity.
Performances to sell out crowds at Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival and the Fremont Festival of the Arts followed where he shared the stage with diverse acts like Ziggy Marley and Guster. Strong concert performances along with solo tours of Southern California marked the expansion of Lamboy’s appeal and popularity. A new acoustic trio complimented his solo and full band shows and outdoor appearances at San Francisco’s famous Cannery added an international following to his fan base.
In late 2003, as he was beginning preproduction on his follow up to Every Drop of the Good, Greg became involved in Presidential politics, feeling it offered an excellent opportunity to effect the change he advocated in his music. An admirer and early supporter of John Kerry, Greg took on a key role as Campaign Liaison for East Bay for Kerry, one of the best organized and most effective Democratic grass roots campaigns in the country. Although the national vote did not go as hoped, Alameda County, home of East Bay for Kerry is on record for having the largest percentage of votes cast for John Kerry in the entire country at 74%. After the election, Greg served in a critical early role in what East Bay for Kerry eventually became, Project Bluebridge, and in fact gave the grassroots organization its name - based on ‘building bridges’ from the ‘Blue’ states to the rest of the country.
After spending the majority of 2004 trying to change the world through politics, in early 2005 Greg returned to changing the world one song at a time and began production on his newest CD in earnest. Not content to simply add songs from his current catalog, Greg strived to create an entire album of engaging material that a listener could enjoy from start to finish. That meant a great deal of writing and rewriting coupled with the patience and discipline to know when something needed to be reworked.
As long as it took, it was certainly worth the effort. “Lift”, Greg Lamboy’s new CD, is a triumph. Music Connection said “His pitch-perfect delivery is sensitive and compassionate, while his commercial chorus-driven tunes are crafted with skillful hooks. ‘Fate’ and the message song ‘Mantra’ exemplify his pithy, inspirational lyric content.” Evolution of Media affirmed “Lamboy, with vocals to knock you off your feet and break down hearts of stone, has the ability to reach out to the audience, connecting him to the listener, and make them think that he's talking only to them.” Indie-Music.com goes even further stating “With his music, Greg Lamboy successfully lifts the listener above the muck and the mire. And for a few brief moments, this old crumbling rock (Earth) doesn’t seem so bad." Clearly the critics were catching on to what Lamboy’s fans already knew – this is an artist whose art is deeply connected to his heart.
Now performing regularly with a new band and gaining new fans and professional accolades, Greg Lamboy is a musical artist with a strong voice, powerful guitar, and a heart connected to the community. Greg’s music is currently being heard on radio stations near and far, including KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise, Costa Rica and the UK. Weaving unforgettable melodies with raw emotion, he creates accessible music that wins the hearts, minds, and ears of all who listen.