From: TX, United States
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Born Cecil Smith Jr. on October 22, 1984 in Austin, Texas, Solo is a singer, rapper, song writer, and music producer. He is also his own agent and manager. His music evolved from his love of music and his talent for writing poetry. While in high school, Solo started writing lyrics and eventually those lyrics became songs. Having no formal musical training in music, Solo is a talented young artist, who is self-taught in the skill of lyrical production that yields his own brand of music with its different beats and rhythms. Solo’s musical beginnings have no one person or group to be attributed to as he is inspired by several artists, old and young alike, and different genres of music—which include R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, Alternative, Rock, Classical, etc.
Like many Rap artists, Solo’s music embodies the trials, triumphs, and dreams of being an African American man in America. His songs deliver a message with a meaning and tell the story of different chapters in his life. A continual inspiration to his music is not only his past and present experiences, but the love and support of his family.
Cecil derived his stage name “Solo” as a symbolic meaning in that it captures what each of us find ourselves in at one stage or another in life—alone in our own private pain. But more than anything, the stage name of “Solo” is symbolic for this artist’s relationship with God as he is a Son Of Lord Omega.
Soundtracks and Album
Solo released his first CD album in 2010, entitled “ANNIHILATION”. The songs on this album are all original, written and produced by Solo. He has also recorded a duet album with members of his record label Vision Records. Solo’s second CD album, “ANNIHILATION II” is scheduled to be released no later than Spring 2012.
Being that Solo is also his own producer and manager, he is a busy man, working tirelessly to promote his music, booking venues, as well as marketing—all this on top of writing, recording, and producing the music.
The son of a single parent, with two sisters, Solo began writing his music when he was 11 years old. He was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in an economically disadvantaged environment, with his mother working diligently to support her family. Solo’s off-stage name is Lamont, which is his middle name that he prefers to be called. He seriously began to pursue his musical career when he finished high school in 2003. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.