“I believe the most enriching music transcends genres and barriers of gender, religion, culture, creed and nationality making it a universal language which brings all people together. Music performance and appreciation would not thrive in future generations without music education. Music connects everyone, and I enjoy learning and modeling proven concepts to nurture the love of music and artistic creativity in myself and my students.”
Lamont Taylor is a gifted composer, performing artist, and a veteran educator - teaching 20 years of private lessons in bass, drums, piano, and voice. The Dallas native was given the moniker Mista Lamont by his students, because they were too young to pronounce mister properly and they understood referring to someone on a first name basis demonstrated a personal level of closeness. Although he liked the way it sounded, he honored his student's reference, because he knew his students loved and respected him. Mista Lamont uses multiple instruments for creative adventures with many of the world’s greatest musicians. From the tender age of eight he taught himself to play the drums by performing with seasoned veteran musicians at church, community picnics, and family reunions. His natural ability and tenacious gifts opened the doors for Taylor to attend the famed Booker T. Washington High School of Performing and Visual Arts where his formal training took an intensive academic turn.
The powerful combination of education and talent earned Taylor awards as the drum chair in the Monterrey All Star Big Band for High School, and he toured Japan at the tender age of 16. Even then the music industry had their eyes on him, as he was dialed up to tour with Kirk Franklin’s Grammy Award-winning God’s Property, shortly after. He still found time in high school to become a member of Vail Jazz Workshop and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA, now known as Young Arts). Taylor received further popularity and encouragement, when he became a Young Arts "Level One" recipient and earned his place as a Presidential Scholar finalist for the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz award in Jazz. This achievement also allowed Lamont to return the benefit of his plentiful education serving as an Ambassador for International Association of Jazz Education (now known as the Jazz Education Network).
After graduating from Arts Magnet, he earned a full scholarship to study at New School University of Jazz and Contemporary Music, in New York. Forever learning from the world’s finest teachers, Lamont has studied under Robert "Sput" Searight, Bart Marantz, Shelley Carol, Reggie Workman, Bernard Wright, Cecil Bridgewater, Charlie Persip, and Chico Hamilton- to name a few. After touring over 21 countries throughout the world and relocating back to Dallas, Taylor completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University with a degree in Religious Studies. Lamont Taylor has recorded and performed with a galaxy of Grammy Award-winning stars like Timbaland and Simon LeBon (in London Chime for Change), Rashaan Patterson, Peabo Bryson, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Roy Hargrove, Snarky Puppy, Les McCann, Joe McBride, Najee, Erykah Badu, Vesta Williams, Freddie Jackson, En Vogue, Ruben Studdard, and the Harlem Gospel Singers.
Lamont Taylor is now producing a series of independent projects, and teaches Choir in Grand Prairie I.S.D. at Young Men’s Leadership Academy.