“In life, you can either accept what you are given, or you can take it by the reins and make it what you want it to be. There is ALWAYS something you can be doing to push yourself towards your destiny.”
For aspiring international singer-songwriter and actor Timorris Lane, these are words to live by.
At the tender age of 8, after realizing his love for the piano, Timorris’ parents began his classical training in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. Being one of six siblings, Timorris understood early on the financial sacrifice his parents made in order for him to study piano. Simultaneously, he began his ten-year career singing and performing with the Cleveland Boy’s Choir. As a dedicated member, he performed at many prominent venues, including the White House. He also performed the National Anthem at a number of Cleveland Cavalier’s basketball games and Cleveland Indian’s baseball games. Throughout middle school and high school, Timorris also played piano for his church. Here he learned to express emotion through music by playing for the one he loves most, God.
After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, Timorris enrolled at Kenyon College, a liberal arts school in Ohio, where he began his language studies of Japanese, French, Spanish, and Arabic. “I always figured that if I wanted to be an international artist, I would have to really connect with my fans on a deeper level, and to me, that meant doing so in their own language.” At Kenyon, he also began his acting career playing the leading role of Oedipus in the musical, The Gospel At Colonus. After receiving his college degree, Timorris continued towards his dream of singing. Thus, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in order to learn the ins and outs of the music industry.
Timorris often attributes his tough skin to Atlanta, saying, “It’s there where I got my tough skin because it’s full of singers and if you’re not SANGING, they let you know it. Today, I am proud to say that I can sang.” Once in Atlanta, Timorris began recording Youtube videos with his brother, Stephen Lane. After receiving high numbers of views, they decided to form the R&B singing group, Lanes. In 2009, Lanes released a mini album entitled, Lanes (Mini-LP) on iTunes and they began performing at many venues throughout Georgia, including weekly performances at P. Diddy’s restaurant Justin’s. Lanes even received radio play in European countries such as Croatia and Austria, showing them that international opportunities were viable.
With Lanes on the rise, Timorris was able to express his artistry in other ways, through acting and modeling. He starred in the independent film, “Misconception” and had a role in “Why Am I Not Married”. He also did runway for Sean John, Jordan, Kontrol Magazine, and many others. Because of these experiences and his desire to try his hand at a larger market, Timorris chose to make the move to Los Angeles, California.
In 2011, immediately after moving to Los Angeles, Timorris hit the ground running with the release of his first solo mini album entitled, Timorris EP, which contains songs such as his popular piano ballad, “One Day,” his emotionally powerful, “Unwanted” and his motivating anthem, “Holding On.”
“Since moving to Los Angeles, I have been very fortunate to meet and work with great musicians such as David Foster, Rod Stewart, BeBe Winans, Lilias White and many more.” Timorris says, “Now, I’m even more inspired and back in the studio to record even more. I believe my fans should always see progression and growth in anything and everything that I release.” Being in Los Angeles, Timorris was able to branch out as an actor as well learning the delicate balance of being both singer and actor.
After growing as an artist and a creator in LA, Timorris felt the pull of an even larger place, New York City. Shortly after his relocation there, he released his mixtape entitled, Love is All We Need.” The mixtape featured popular covers such as Justin Timberlake’s, ‘Suit and Tie,’ and The Wanted’s, ‘Glad You Came.’ “I wanted to release covers of songs that I personally enjoy listening to. With this mixtape, I want my supporters and new listeners to get to know me and feel the place that I am in at this point in my life.” The mixtape also featured exclusive unreleased original music, including his multi-lingual music, French song, “Mon Amour,” and his Japanese song, “Sayonara.” Many did not know it but this would be the introduction of his multi-lingual artistry to his U.S. fan-base and to the world.
It would be here that he would be discovered by the Japanese television show, Nodojiman The World (のどじまんTHEワールド), a television show where foreigners sing and compete in Japanese. Timorris describes this as one of the best experiences of his life. Even more surprising is that the producers of the show found him on Youtube, through one of his numerous Japanese covers. “I couldn’t have planned for something like this to happen. It really showed me my unique place in the entertainment industry.”
Upon his return to NYC, where he really receives so much of his inspiration, in 2016, he released an EP entitled, Big City Life, which is based on the various life lessons he learned while traversing the mean streets. The following words ring very true to Timorris, “If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.”
Today, Timorris Lane is a thriving singer/songwriter and actor still living in NYC. For 2019, he has set his sights high with the release of new music, TV/Film projects, and branching out to do more stage acting. He has learned that he will go as far as he pushes himself to go. All of his previous experiences have prepared him to be a positive force in the industry. “I am looking forward to the constant growth that comes from putting yourself out there and trying new things. Throughout my career, I want to speak to all types of people, which means that I need all types of experiences.” Whether on the piano in the studio writing new music or performing on stage, Timorris Lane is not stopping until he reaches his goal of becoming an international sensation.