About LJ Echols
LJ Echols grew up in the small Mississippi town of Bassfield which is right outside of Hattiesburg. LJ Echols music career started early with a gospel background. He played bass in his family’s group “The Echols Family”. In the interim of his new found success, they released their first Gospel Album in 1995 and the second album in 1997.
After the success of the gospel album LJ Echols decided moved to Dallas, TX to endeavor into the R&B (Rhythm & Blues) style of music. LJ Echols along with his brothers and cousins formed an R&B grouped called the 4- Sho Band. LJ Echols-bass player and background singer, Demertic Echols- Lead Singer, Sedrick Echols- drum player, Carlos McLoud- second lead singer and background singer. The 4-Sho Band all shared a part of playing, singing, and writing their own music.
In 2004 LJ Echols started his solo career as a Southern Soul Artist. LJ Echols is very talented and versatile when it comes to music. LJ Echols plays, writes, produce, and sings his own music. In his new found success he released his first CD entitled, “Well Runs Dry” in the beginning of 2005 that is now playing across Mississippi, Texas, and other cities and states. When the Well Runs Dry CD was released LJ Echols was up for nomination for the Best New Blues Artist of 2006 in the Jus Blues Music Awards that was held in Atlanta, Ga. In 2008, LJ Echols released his second album entitled, “Another Level” with his hit single “From the Back” which catapulted LJ Echols Southern Soul career in the southern region, the Mid-west, and some Northern States including Michigan and Illinois. The song From the Back also had LJ Echols up for nomination again at the 2009 Jus Blues Music Awards that was held in Memphis, TN for the Best Southern Soul Song of the Year. LJ Echols has so many goals and has accomplished so many in the past such as starting his own record label called NECKBONE RECORDS.
LJ Echols has opened up for different artists such as Bobby Blue Bland, Marvin Cease, Sir Charles Jones, Denise La'Salle, Mel Waiters, Lenny Williams, Shirley Brown, Jeff Floyd, Cole Payne from the hit television show Martin, legendary jazz artist Roy Ayers and Les McCann, and this is just a few artist he has opened up for. With LJ Echols “Another Level” album, he had the help from Mel Waiters and Sir Charles Jones each to produce a tracked such as “Swangers Only” and “I’m Gone Party”. LJ Echols has become more independent, empowered, and has many more hit songs coming to Southern Soul. In the past couple of years LJ has had band members to come and go but he have had a solid band that been with him for 3 years now called the Neckbone Band: Bass Guitar- Ken, Lead guitar Kingston, Keyboards Dre, and last but not least on drums his brother Sedrick “Spunky” Echols. LJ Echols is not only musically inclined, but is an unstoppable artist who wants to achieve more lucrative goals and success in the music industry.