In 2004 this singer-songwriter-producer received Grammy honors for a collaboration with contemporary blues artist Keb Mo entiltled “Closer” which appears on the album “Keep It Simple”by Keb Mo which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album. The musical journey for LaRombé,(rhymes with Beyoncé or Bombay), began in, the "City Of Brotherly Love" Philadelphia and continues today in “The City of Angels” Los Angeles. With a jazz drummin dad and a baritone singing grandfather, it wasn’t long before the music bug hit and LaRombé was infected with the infectious grooves and sweet melodies of Motown and his hometown…Philly, among others. He often says “The Sound of Philadelphia” was a heavy influence on me along with many others.” His musical style dubbed “Phila-Fornia Soul” has been described as that musical bridge that connects classic and contemporary rhythm and blues…“Grown Folk Music” that even young folk can enjoy. As a youngster, his initial performances were in front of members of his father’s jazz band who used to hang out at the “crib”. He says “My Dad also played some guitar so he would teach me these songs and make me sing even tho I wasn’t the least bit interested in singing at the time but I think he knew my destiny before I did.” Later inspired by the likes of The Temptations and The Del Fonics, LaRombé helped form a popular local group called The Superbs. After that he sang with various groups in the Philly area, opening for local acts like Frankie Beverly and Sister Sledge. He states that “a point of validation for me was singing lead for The Del Fonics at rehearsal when the real lead was absent. To be accepted by pros on that level was special” After a stop in Akron Ohio, LaRombé found himself hosting a number one radio show at WAUP.fm while also promoting and performing with acts like Funkadelic. Despite the success of the show, the passion to "make" and not just "play" music found him headed further west to L.A. where he put together the group “Taste Of Paradise” where his songwriting talents came to the attention of Motown producer Frank Wilson (Keep On Truckin) who recorded his first song “Squeezin Too Much Livin” with soul group New Birth. Then this Philadelphian came to the attention of a certain Chicagoan by the name of Curtis Mayfield who signed LaRombé to his Curtom record label after one his executives literally picked his demo out of the trash and listened to it. He reflects on that day. “This guy calls and says he found my tape in the trash and they want to sign me to a record deal. I hung up on him twice ‘cause I thought it was a prank. He finally convinced me it was for real after the 3rd call. Next thing I knew, I was in Chicago working on tracks in Curtis Mayfields studio”
Next came the formation of his own publishing and production company, Love-Lyte Musique, which has produced solo projects, music for TV/film, jingles etc, but the company’s primary focus has been writing and producing for up and coming artist. LaRombé loves being involved in artist development, plus the diversity of acts gives him opportunity to venture beyond R&B from a writing and production standpoint. He’s done R&B, pop, hip-hop, contemporary blues and Nashville. His philosophy is “A good song is a good song no matter the genre. It’s all about touching people”
After surviving a near fatal automobile accident, LaRombé decided to make the most of his 2nd chance and finally put together a collection of his works which resulted in the independent album release “Cozmic Soul” followed by the 2010 “PhilaFornia Soul” and the 2012 critically acclaimed single “The Ultimate”(This Is Bliss) which finished #4 on the 2012 United Kingdom Indie charts.
LaRombé can be seen performing in the LA area with his own solo act as well as Keb Mo and others. He is R&B coordinator for songwriting organization Songnet Soul and also does creative consulting and has stage and screen acting experience. He is a former writer for the Los Angeles Times company paper.