LaMont Josey was born in Buffalo, New York, the last of 4 children born to the Late Pastor and Superintendent James R. and Evangelist and Missionary Marlyn C. Josey. At the tender age of one, his family relocated to the small town of Elmira, NY as LaMont’s father was placed there to Pastor a church in the AME Zion church organization. It was in Elmira that LaMont stood out as a basketball and track athlete but also where he began to sing and develop his love for music.
At the age of 8 years old, LaMont performed his first lead in front of hundreds of people including his favorite choir (The Var-Son Community Choir of Buffalo, NY), singing a duet with his Mother.
Soon after the family relocated back to the Buffalo and LaMont joined his sisters (Carmella and Marlyn Josey) and sung with The Zion Community Choir under the leadership of Brett-Alexander Jackson and Pastor Darius Pridgen. After graduating High School, he enlisted into the Armed Forces where he was a part of the All Army Chorus in Fort Ord, CA.
Upon his return home from serving his country, LaMont teamed up with some of Buffalo’s best directors (Eric Johnson and Pastor Malcolm Wilson) and joined the New Christian Fellowship Arts and Seminar Choir. He later stepped out on his own and founded Brothers and Sisters in Christ (B.A.S.I.C.) Community Choir best known for their high energy performances, they electrified audiences throughout the east coast and Canada for over ten years. While singing with B.A.S.I.C. at a musical in Buffalo, LaMont was discover by the notable Pastor John P. Kee. Relocating to Charlotte, NC, LaMont found himself quickly working side by side with Pastor Kee and a host of other influential industry professionals.
LaMont’s signature raspy overtones and non-formulaic approach to music can only be attributed to absorbing the qualities both his parents instilled in him as a child. His ministry captures the irreplaceable soul that is only found in gospel music. The strength and integrity of his musical talents are obvious in his strong vocal performances that are laced with both traditional and contemporary gospel. LaMont’s vocal range, skilled writing, and vocal arrangement capabilities have not only won praises of many audiences, but from some of today’s living gospel legends. To his credit LaMont has shared the stage with Pastor John P. Kee and William Becton and Friends.
Currently LaMont is the Minister of Music at The Rock Worship Center COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Frank Jacobs, in Charlotte, NC. He is also the Founder and Director of The Promise Community Choir Inc., dedicated to mentoring youth through music, teaching life building skills. He also serves as the Band Director of national talk show “Daily Balance with Kim Jacobs”.
LaMont’s anticipated freshman project Church Therapy will be released August 2012.