Derrick Lara – Motherless Child (1958-2020)
Derrick Lara 1958-2020
Career: Drummer | Vocalist with The Tamlins | Solo Artist
- Right On Time (Masai)
- Motherless Child (Jwyanza)
- All About Life (VP Records)
- Solid (with Stamina Allstars) (Actual Music)
- Striving (Derrick Lara Muzik)
- Just A Vibes (with Beres Hammond) (Star Trail)
With The Tamlins:
- Black Beauty (Weed Beat)
- Red Rose (Vista Sounds)
- I’ll Be Waiting (Live & Learn Records)
- Love Divine (SKD)
- No Surrender (VP Records)
- Re-Birth (J.D.F.)
DERRICK LARA – MOTHERLESS CHILD 1958-2020
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Derrick Lara loved to emulate American R&B singers of the early 1970s as a youth. He nurtured his vocal style in the local church choir, performing alongside his sister, Jennifer Lara. A competent vocalist, he initially performed alongside Errol Lee in the Bare Essentials Band and then as a drummer in the Seventh Extension Band, playing to tourists on the north coast. Lara was celebrated for his drumming skills until an impromptu appearance as a vocalist led to a change of direction.
By 1972 his reputation as a singer reached Kingston where he was invited to record with Joe Gibbs. Gibbs’ production of “What We Need” introduced Derrick Lara’s distinct falsetto to Jamaican ears. Further sessions with the producer led to his debut album and an appearance on the discomix, “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” featuring the deejay Trinity. In 1983, the vocal group The Tamlins enrolled him to perform with them, initially on recording sessions with Sly & Robbie. Through the years Derrick Lara has remained with the group, although all members pursued concurrent solo careers.
Derrick Lara also released the maudlin “Motherless Child” drawing from his formative years and dedicated the title track to his mother, who had died in childbirth. The album established the singer as an exceptional soloist, particularly in the USA. In 1999, Derrick Lara released “All About Life” in collaboration with Sly & Robbie, Mafia & Fluxy, Danny Browne, Firehouse Crew and Culture Lee. Derrick Lara’s solo career was on pause for a few years as he performed with The Tamlins and toured with Rita Marley singing harmony. He continued to perform with The Tamlins, but also renewed his solo career with the release of “Solid”, a brand new album with riddim tracks by the Stamina All Stars out of Santa Cruz, CA and last year with his brand new album “Striving”.
Give thanks for this lovely profile of Derrick Lara, great voice and humble personality
Derrick and Jennifer were first cousins. They were two brothers’ children.