Orlando Napier is a soul singer, songwriter and blues pianist born in Los Angeles. He began his musical journey later than most, at the age of 20, but his natural ability prompted the encouragement of his peers and he soon decided that music was his calling. He cut his teeth as a performer playing venues in and around Santa Barbara, California with his father’s R&B band, ‘The Cat’s & Dogs’. Orlando began as the pianist but as his songwriting evolved and his vocal talent became apparent, he started to take over frontman duties from his father and soon, the band became his own. The name was eventually changed to the ‘Orlando Napier Band’, and Hugo Napier maintained his place as Orlando’s ‘tenor sax man’. Acclaimed TV producer, Mark Burnett recognized his talent and recruited him for season 2 of the music-reality show ‘The Voice’ in 2011. He was among the top 48 finalists and found himself on ‘Team Adam Levine’ where he worked one-on-one with the Maroon Five frontman. He also worked with fellow soul man, Robin Thicke while on the show. Orlando was crowned the best blues voice on California’s central coast in 2009 , after which he was invited to Memphis to perform at the International Blues Competition in which he excelled and was among the finalists. At 24-years-old, he was the youngest blues player in the competition.
Orlando is the guy at the party playing the piano and singing his ass off. It’s what he was born to do and luckily, it’s actually what he ended up doing. He found his voice relatively late in the game, at the age of twenty, his father Hugo (tenor sax) being the main catalyst, the other being the music of Ray Charles. Together, father and son roped together a fiendish soul/R&B outfit with Orlando at the helm. The band gained a loyal following in Los Angeles, his sharp lyrics and possessed performance style luring soul music aficionados out of a mostly soulless city. Recently Orlando realized he’d had enough of LA, sold both of his earthly posessions and moved to NYC. This turned out to be a good call, as studios opened their doors and he quickly found himself in collaboration with a variety of production teams, the most menacing of which being the Orlando/Lowtemp alliance. Weather’s calling for burly new Orlando/Gramatik collabs to drop in ’14. Wear appropriate attire. “Orlando is a talented dude with a bright future ahead of him. He’s a true musician. -Adam Levine
Orlando Napier – One Night Stand
”Orlando is a painter, he’s a Picasso. He likes to paint his vocals on the canvas and there’s a greatness in that. I think his style is what makes him special.” -Robin Thicke
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