Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ladell Mclin.
Ladell has been described as a true artist that possesses the ability to transcend the bounds of conventional music through his muse, the blues. Born on the South Side of Chicago, a notable center for the blues, Ladell discovered the music that would have a lasting influence on his life. Deeply touched by the genre, Ladell worked hard to hone his seemingly natural talents on the guitar. His efforts eventually earned him a place in the house band at Buddy Guy’s Legends, arguably the world’s top spot for blues. McLin learned onstage from the best in the business: Koko Taylor, John Primer, and Buddy Guy himself.
Ladell has an extraordinary way of reminding listeners of the profound influence that the blues has had on various genres of music as well as our society as a whole. This ability was not lost on French director, Michel Viotte, who hand picked Ladell to be the focus of his documentary on the influence of the blues in American culture. The first part of the film, Sur la route du Blues, avec Ladell McLin(On the Road to the Blues, with Ladell McLin), premiered on French television on January 9th, 2010. Additional parts of the film continue to be broadcast.
Ladell is currently in the studio working on Vital Soundz, a follow up to his 2005 release, Stand Out. He has collaborated with Grammy Winner and Music Director, Swiss Chris, as well as Rap guru, D.M.C. of the legendary group Run D.M.C., to create a masterwork that will portray the evolution of rock & roll from the blues to today. Additionally, he is performing regularly throughout New York City as well as teaching music to kids with Road Recovery, a non-profit organization meant to help youths overcome adversities through music and education.