Rayshun LaMarr was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He discovered his gift of singing at the young age of seven. It was later on that Rayshun moved to Washington, D.C. and attended The Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a Vocal Performance major. To further his studies, he enrolled in Philadelphia’s University of the Arts (UARTS), as a Vocal Jazz major with a minor in Classical Music. Rayshun’s exceptional training coupled with his natural gift of music is stellar.
After college, Rayshun sored to new heights including a win of Best Male Vocalist and Most Outstanding Vocalist in a national singing competition in Missouri. He released his debut album “The Legacy Begins” in 2007 and in 2015 Rayshun sang at Diana Ross’s estate for her son Evan Ross’s wedding. Rayshun continues to perform around the world with several artists and groups. Most recently, Rayshun toured with The Legend Stephanie Mills and the international award-winning band, “Sound Connection”.
Rayshun LaMarr’s talent also landed him roles in musical theatre shows such as, Freedom’s Song at the legendary Ford’s Theater, Samson the Musical, The Wiz, Shake Loose, Blackberry Daze, Ragtime and many more.
Rayshun’s new success recently came from the Emmy Award winning Tv show NBC The Voice. In the blind audition of The Voice Season 14, Rayshun LaMarr impressed all the judges with his incredible vocal range when he performed Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. As a cancer survivor, LaMarr underwent extreme medications and chemotherapy which made him temporarily lose his voice and hearing. Incredibly gifted with a unique voice, LaMarr was amongst the strongest contenders on The Voice and succeeded in making it to the SemiFinals.
Rayshun delivers a smooth and mature sound influenced by Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding and John Legend. Rayshun would like to thank GOD, his family and friends, and most of all the people who support him and his ambitions.
His parents, his younger brother Brandon — “my heart and joy and my soul” — and his partner were all at the audition to support him. His grandfather, who he calls "a great inspiration," couldn't attend the audition for health reasons.
LaMarr believes that he survived cancer for a reason.
"So I’m like ‘Wow, I can go from losing my voice, not having a voice for 10 months, not hearing out of my left ear — and to just turn it all around and to be on ‘The Voice,’ it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing, it’s a miracle, it’s amazing. It’s the best thing that I could have even thought about after going through the cancer situation.”
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