by Richard Ivory
Lorenzo Owens is one of those rare characters in the music industry who can bridge great music with a great message. Lorenzo, a native of Milwaukee shows proof of such a merge with his latest album "Better Days - The Encore". His song "Better Days" brings attention to some of the painful things going on everyday on the streets of urban America and his suggestion for its solution is a change of heart and for each one of us to “take time and hold it down and not just be about me”.
The lyrics are deep and very self-critical often mentioning the truth of out of wedlock pregnancies, poverty and the drugs within in our community. However, the songs overall emphasis is on making sure that life not be about “The Benjamin’s” but about taking time to focus on things that truly matter. If there were one CD, the folks at HHR Blog would encourage you to get it would be Lorenzo Owens - “Better Days - The Encore”
About the Artist: Like many of music's success stories. Lorenzo Owens' roots are in the church. He has been singing since he was 3 years old. As a small child he could sing with adult fervor. "I was at my grandma's house when, 'Reasons', by Earth, Wind & Fire came on the radio. I don't completely remember this but from what I'm told, I sang the whole song and floored everybody in the house. I guess that's when all this began." The Milwaukee native, now a Chicagoan, recalls. But it wasn't until he had begun attending college that he realized singing was his life's calling. "Singing was just something I'd always done. But, I never put much stock into it. It just came naturally for me. It was like breathing."
Lorenzo was going to school for business management. But he kept asking himself, what it was that he really wanted to do. "I changed majors so many times l knew I wasn't going in the right direction. I realized that what I truly loved was feeling the energy of the crowd when I sang." Lorenzo eventually hooked up with a manager and began doing showcases and traveling to other cities as a background singer. That move proved to be the right move for the young talent. The new management was Anthony Ferguson of En-Sport, Inc., who immediately put his rising star to work on his first album.
After Lorenzo was selected to compete in the Oprah's Pop Star Challenge his life has changed forever. Lorenzo was a finalist in the Oprah's Pop Star Challenge and as a result is featured on 3 songs on the Oprah's Pop Star Challenge cast album. His rendition of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love is Fair" demonstrates his rare ability to deliver a song. Lorenzo's performance on Donnie Hathaway's "A Song for You" will move you to tears. Lorenzo is poised to set the standard for the new breed of talented singers the likes of Maxwell and Brian McKnight who have crossed the charts from urban to pop.
Lorenzo's current album "Better Days - The Encore" has the artistic work that will skyrocket the singer/songwriter into the contemporary music spotlight. Lorenzo's magnificent voice, stunning sensuality and dazzling smile, coupled with the production prowess of Grammy winning Producer, Michael J. Powell (Anita Baker, Tyrese. Aretha Franklin), along with producers Gerey Johnson, Harold Smith, Jerry Dornbush and the Monkey Boyz will establish Lorenzo's fan base in record time.