Jonny Lauderdale AKA Rebel J out of Norco, California has big dreams and isn’t letting anyone get in the way of making them a reality.
These big dreams started when Lauderdale learned how to play the electric guitar at 13 years old. From there, his father suggested that he learned to sing. Lauderdale was always against this and thought singing could never be for him.
As the years went on, he got put into choir and started taking vocal lessons. Surprisingly enough, Lauderdale began with singing opera music.
He then taught himself how to play the acoustic guitar and started writing music.
While trying to figure out his sound at one of his vocal lessons, he heard an Alan Jackson song that he liked the sound of, which made him want to sing with a country style. He did this for awhile before deciding that it wasn’t for him after all.
Lauderdale stated, “It just wasn’t for me. I mean it was a good sound, everybody liked it, but that wasn’t much of the style that I felt was reflecting who I truly was.”
He then went onto explaining that he started writing his own sound by mixing a couple of different sounds that he would personally like to hear.
Lauderdale’s style of writing is an inner perspective on the way he views things. He explained, “It’s like a blend of all kinds of different things. When I say something, I try to use a complex way of saying it through my perspective, so that people need to think about it.”
Then he decided to learn how to produce music by himself, which led him to producing his first single.
Lauderdale got a band together, and they had the opportunity to go out and perform at the Santa Barbara Fair.
Unfortunately, the band quickly came to an end because of conflicting schedules and lack of drive from the other band members. However, this didn’t stop Lauderdale from pursuing his dreams. He taught himself how to play the drums and chose to produce an EP all on his own.
When asked what made him want to do an EP Lauderdale stated, “An EP allows me to show the world, or a broad audience, what my style really is.”
He then went onto stating that it’s the first step to creating an album and it’s a great way to get his foot in the door.
When asked what makes him different from everyone else he stated, “I rely on being myself, I’m not trying to be on a pedestal and say, ‘Oh, I’m just like the other person.’ I don’t like using inspirations or saying I’m inspired by anybody else, because I don’t tend to want to reflect anything from somebody else’s perspective, I want to use my own.”
Once the EP is finished and ready to go, he plans on performing at small bars around Norco and getting his name known. He dreams about becoming the first big star to come out of the small horsetown and will stop at nothing until it happens.