Dennis Lloyd discovered his passion for music as a young boy of 11 years and it was around this time that he would begin teaching himself to play the guitar in church as he attended regularly with his 3 sisters, 1 brother and mother and father. He took advantage of the firm foundations set up by his parents and developed his skills accordingly. He found the learning process came very naturally to him as he felt a deeper connection to the tones and melodies, the voice of the guitar.
When, at age 12, he was introduced to poetry and being a creative soul he was connected to the power of the written word. Coupled with his growth in musical endeavours he was lead to song writing. Beres Hammond played a major influence in his song writing growth as he felt he could really relate to the style and he admired the reality Hammond portrayed in his songs. He could express his feelings on a subject through the voice of the guitar and translate the melody into words so that we could overstand too. Dennis Lloyd also drew inspiration from musical influences such as early Stevie Wonder and Dennis Brown as well as the artistry of Al Campbell, John Holt and the great Robert Nesta Marley.
Dennis would also attribute the foundations of his character to the influences that gospel has had in his musical ability and forming his character to be used for higher meaning, The Spiritual Comforter, with a message to help others learn and grow, encouraging all those who need it and exploring all the attributes of love.
“to awaken the minds of as many of our brothers and sisters who are sleepwalking and to remind them of what love really feels like.”
Since 2007 Dennis has made his musical ambitions his main priority, working hard to establish and develop his career. Featuring at events that include: Birmingham Carnival, Derby Carnival, Jerk Festival, Sky TV series Real Talk hosted by Apache Indian, Reggae Baby Lounge, Skyline Radio 94.2 21st Birthday Party, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, support act for Sir
Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, and has also featured on BBC Radio stations and Radio stations around the world to be interviewed. He has shared the stage with many different artists such as: Sandra Cross, Carol Thompson, Janet Kay, Victor Romero Evans, Gappy Ranks, Vivian Jones, Peter Spence Personal sessions with Luciano and Mikey General. Also the last 12 months Dennis has opened shows for artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Frankie Paul and Barry Biggs on their UK Shows.
A long standing friendship with Apache Indian, Dennis always jokes about the fact they are in talks to work on a future project together and finally that endeavour draws closer, watch this space.
Over the years Dennis developed his own fresh sound of Reggae/Lovers Rock songs which lead to his releasing his well received album entitled “In Too Deep” (2012) which is a 13 track album (10 songs written by Dennis and 3 cover versions) features tracks like , ‘Imagine’ where he describes it as his inner thoughts of a peaceful world. Produced by the worldwide highly acclaimed Noel Browne, this album is a great exploration of the emotions explored. As for his writing endeavours, Lloyd has dubbed 2012 as a time for moving closer to his spiritual goals – feeling blessed as he has discovered a lot of new food for thought and is expressing it through his writing.
Also Dennis released an EP “For the Love of You” (2013) also produced by Noel Browne.
Dennis in 2014 will continue recording for his second album. So you can expect his next album to utilise the lovers rock music genre as he feels “we need more progression on love” in our everyday relations, with him delving into doing R’n’B remixes. A recent introduction to Amon Rashidi has enabled him to explore more musical collaborations with like-minded artists from the United States through Rashidi’s GRIOT nation. Travelling his musical medicine around the world, never forgetting his roots and foundations in Birmingham, Lloyd remembers Pharda Blue, his old friend and Family Tree where his journey really became serious.
A well rounded artiste, Dennis Lloyd continues to procure his gift and celebrate his talent whilst empowering others to take hold of their destiny’s also He describes his music and style as: “not political but spiritual food for thought.”