A native of Spring, Texas, Vince was playing guitar as early as the fourth grade. He took lessons at a local studio for two years, learning music theory and classical guitar. “After the studio closed, I had to teach myself--I would sit in my room with the radio and just try to play and sing along.” He listened closely to the styles of Chuck Berry , Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Beatles. With classical guitar and rock n’ roll fundamentals under his belt, Vince soon branched out to more instruments and styles. He played trombone for the Klein Oak marching band and also got involved in their jazz program. At church, Vince played guitar and sang folk-style spiritual songs for mass.
While he was still in high school, Vince got his first taste of forming and leading bands, including: Dead End Street Music, Natural Wood Finish, and Top Brass. With these efforts, he began to compose and arrange original music, also gaining valuable experience in performing live shows.
After high school, Vince continued to explore jazz music at North Harris Community College, and later went on to the University of North Texas. At UNT, Vince played in or led several original groups including: 2 Kar Garage (rock and pop), The Po Boys (classic rock and blues), The Hardly Dangerous Band (rock and blues), and The Spike Band (funk and soul). Careful listeners could pick out Vince’s style influences-- Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, and Dave Matthews.
It was the spring of 2006 when the Vince Lujan Project formed and starting gigging around the Dallas-Forth Worth area. “The goal from the beginning was to bring musicians of different backgrounds to support my own little interpretations of songwriting and make something that we could all get behind.” He tends to be humble about his songwriting, but Vince’s bold, positive energy shines through his music and lyrics.
Redefining the Texas sound; fusing Pop, Funk, Latin and Soul
The Vince Lujan Project (pronounced - 'LU-hahn'), an original band from North Texas, is putting a new spin on the ever- evolving, all-encompassing Texas sound by infusing blends of Acoustic, Pop, Funk, Latin, and Soul. It's feel-good music with catchy hooks and accessible lyrics.
The diverse members each lend a unique style that effortlessly blends into a powerful groove, topped off with dynamic and smooth rock/R & B vocals. Come to a live show and you'll hear nods to (and occasional covers from) the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Bill Withers.
The Denton, Texas-based Vince Lujan Project (pronounced LU-HAHN) has been jamming since members started meeting up in 2002, and its sound has become a fusion of acoustic, pop, rock, funk, blues, jazz, Latin and soul — a blend that defies easy definition but brings new energy to what is known as the Texas Sound and featuring an improvisational element that shines up the group’s sound even further.
With each player bringing something unique to the group — different cultural backgrounds they are proud to mix into their music as well as music educations and musical influences (including Dave Matthews Band, Santana, the Mexican rock band Maná, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, John Mayer & Los Lonely Boys) — it’s a mix that turns listeners into fans and helped VLP win the Houston-based Live Music Records’ contest to showcase at the label’s South by Southwest event at Guero’s in March 2009.
Onstage, as band members listen to and play off each other, audiences are carried away by the positive vibe, the energy and the instrumental virtuosity. Band founder and lead vocalist Vince Lujan, born in Spring, Texas, was playing guitar in fourth grade and since has mastered classical, rock ’n’ roll and jazz guitar (and harmonica and trombone), formed and led bands, composed and arranged original music, and found an expressive vocal style.
With him are drummer-backup vocalist James “DJ” Montgomery, an Air Force brat who played his first gig at age 8 and among his influences cites world-famous self-taught stickman Dennis Chambers; and keyboardist Taylor Ervin, born on the Mississippi Delta and raised in West Texas, who began playing piano at age 3 and has developed a unique blend of raw and aggressive organ riffs and melodious piano lines.
Iowan Greg Rochford, on bass guitar and backup vocals, has more than 20 years experience playing with rock, jazz and classical groups, dedicated to technical brilliance and maintaining the rhythm and groove of a song. Saxophonist Adam Castro from San Antonio, TX brings an air of jazz sophistication and pop sensibility that adds to the tight grooves and melodies of the overall sound.
Together, members of the quintet create a fresh sound that stays with listeners long after the groove has stopped. [+]