Jamar Rogers Finds The Light in Pain on Soulful 'Lazarus' LP [Premiere]
“I’ve always been fascinated with how different people and cultures connect with the divine”
Whereas many contestants begin their rise with a victory, Jamar Rogers finally became a household name after losing in the finals of The Voice.
An addiction survivor from a broken home, the influence of loss and its derivative pains have been heavy in Rogers’ tale. But he’s not sulking or licking wounds. Instead, Rogers channels existential, physical and emotional traumas into lush soul compositions that heal hearts and mend the melancholic.
Today, we have the pleasure of bringing you an early glimpse at his debut full-length project, Lazarus, a record the singer described to us via email as a project “inspired by rhythms from Native Powwows and Santeria with the feel of a Pentecostal church service.” From the jump, the album opens with a scorching anthem in “Baptize Me,” moving towards stadium love ballads like “Let Me Treat You,” and even dips into politically-edgy, yet radio-ready territory with “Arrows.” Rogers is at his best, however, on the icy trap cut, “He Said, She Said,” where his muscular voice thickens a minimalistic production meant for close encounters on the club floor.
Lazarus will officially be released tomorrow, July 14th, but you can hear the full project a day early down below. Hit the link to pre-order your copy today and hold tight for the next transmission.