L.A Lodge also known as Lemar Andrew Lodge is a creative being who expresses his artistry through music, drama, and dance. He stems from a Jamaican cultural background. L.A. grew up in the crime ridden community of Fletcher’s Land in Downtown Kingston. He turned to the performing arts at a tender age to escape the negativity that went on in his community. Performing has always been a positive expression for him.
Some of his influences were Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Spragga Benz and Baby Wayne. L.A’s dream was always to be an artist, but his first opportunity came at age of 19. He joined the local community development center and started to perform at various community events and schools.
L.A. Lodge started his professional career in 2009 when he migrated to the United States. He started recording with Sir Hypes Records, and formed a group called Team J.A. The group’s tracks were not release because of their inability to agree. Despite that disappointment, L.A. continued on his journey as a solo artist. He released a mixed tape titled the Chosen 1 which gave him exposure throughout the United States. He has performed live in New York, Florida, Atlanta and New Jersey.
Over the years his fan base has grown. He gained popularity from his hit songs “Work Hard”, “Two Girls”, and “My First Love”.
L.A’s music addresses social issues such as; poverty, family values and the caring for women and children. He believes that life is not just about what you can accomplish for yourself, but the impact you have on society. L.A plans to use his musical platform to make that impact.
While his artistry is not limited to dancehall, he believes that dancehall lacks innovation and he can bring that mindset to the industry. L.A has signed a management contract with Atlanta based record label Island Jams and is currently working on his debut E.P which is set to be released early 2019. The E.P will contain seven songs and a bonus seven music videos. L.A. is also set for a promotional tour in the Spring of 2019 alongside label mates Fantan Mojah, Mr. Peppa and Blakkman. He will make stops in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida before heading to the Midwest in the summer and the West Coast in the winter. With hard work, dedication, focus and consistency, L.A. Lodge will achieve mainstream success and will help to take dancehall to the next level.