Maurice Lanier (born Maurice Andre Murphy on July 16, 1982) is a singer, songwriter, arranger, rapper and multi-instrumentalist based in Washington, D.C. His eclectic influence on music is just as diverse as his culturally-diverse background. Due to his parents' honorable service in the United States Air Force, Lanier was naturally inclined to adapt to several different cultures over his life as h
e moved around the globe from his childhood all the way into his early adulthood. Born on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Lanier was raised moving around the United States and Europe including various cities in New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, Germany, and later moved to Washington, D.C. to join his mother and reunite with their family who are natives of the D.C. Metropolitan Area.
Maurice Lanier treasures the gifts and influences of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Chuck Mangione, The Gap Band, Bilal Oliver, Lauryn Hill, and Kim Burrell as a major part of his musical savvy. His late grandmother, Mary Murphy, was the matriarch of their family and hailed as a distinguishably skilled poet, author, and songwriter of her time. She was known by the family to have submitted a song to a Motown producer in the 1960's, and to have heard the song she wrote on the radio. Lanier carries on her legacy of soul, spirituality, freedom, justice, poetry, music, and laughter into this era of contemporary sounds. Lanier's life experiences carry the inspiration for all of his songs and has titled his debut single Life of the Party.
Crossbreeding a contemporary sound with a soulful voice and a broad range of hot topics in society, Lanier sings melodies to themes of revelation and revolution out of the grass roots of music. From a collection of his life experiences, he plans to renew faith and hope in the hearts of humanity with the message conveyed throughout his songs. “Life of the Party” is an upbeat song with a pop-electronic dance sound that encourage everyone to find the inspiration for celebration. Maurice Lanier is flooding the scene with an energetic, upbeat, and charismatic flow of lyrics and lifestyle. “I dare to address and greet the world with a bit of hip wisdom, and a demonstration of love,” says Lanier.
Having been involved in Future City Band (singer/rapper-'07-'09), collegiate musicals and plays such as “Motown & Mo” (singer-Univ. of Maryland-ES '07), church choir, collegiate jazz bands (drummer-Univ. of Texas-EP '01), two high school Drumline State Championships (snare drummer-Texas '97 & '98), then in 2010 offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music Summer Program as a vocalist student, and in the spring of 2012 offered a position as a drummer for the Washington Redskins Band, Lanier has an appreciation for musical utopia and is no newbie to the stage. Lanier has also shared opportunities with outreach coordinators to sing and entertain in a variety of places from nursing homes and homeless shelters to non-violent and charitable community events in Washington, D.C.
Lanier is vibrantly eager to rock more stages and advance into a fresh phase with his new single Life of the Party. “Sometimes I ask myself, who else is going to do what I am here to do on this earth? My purpose is to release a divine message through the unique sounds God's given me by writing songs that will give everyone the opportunity to share hope, reality, fun, humor, friendship, truth, justice, power, and love through this universal language called music,” he says. “This world has a boatload of challenges and rewards, hardships and glory,” Lanier says. “I believe there are many songs of freedom that liberate and bring people together in every generation, and I believe I'm one of many who has accepted the responsibility and privilege to write and deliver those songs to our generation.”