‘Let's Be Honest’ EP preorder underway
Lathan Warlick, a genre-bending artist, rapper, songwriter and viral music sensation, recently released a new single, "Look Up To The Sky (feat. Blessing Offor)." Click here to listen.
This is the first single to release from his upcoming EP, “Let's Be Honest,” out Aug. 12. The EP's preorder is underway. Click here for more information.
“ ‘Look Up To The Sky' was a song to encourage the listeners," Warlick shared. "We all go through difficult situations or have to face something tough, so I wanted to give the listeners a song that will give them the motivation to keep their head up and push through. With my upcoming ‘Let’s Be Honest’ EP, it's me being 100% transparent with the audience about things I’ve faced since coming into the music industry. This project also highlights my faith and is overall just uplifting."
Signing to the label RECORDS in 2020, a joint venture with Sony Music, Warlick has been releasing music for years, making a name for himself through collaborations within various genres. His debut EP, 2020's “My Way,” showcased duets with country artists such as Tyler Hubbard (FGL), Lauren Alaina, Russell Dickerson and RaeLynn. He has shared the stage with Kirk Franklin, Morgan Wallen, Jimmie Allen, Nelly and BRELAND, among others.
It's clear that Warlick's music and message steer clear of genre labels, instead allowing others to form their own opinions about his style.
“I want to make music that still points you to God, but that you don’t have to only play in church,” he said.
It was one life-changing day in 2011 after coming face-to-face with a 45-caliber pistol when he was awakened to his creative purpose. Identifying himself now as a "positive artist" who reflects on his upbringing in a rough neighborhood, Warlick has gained a transformative perspective in his music as a Christ-follower, husband, and father of two.
But “The end of 2011 should’ve been the end of my story,” he said.
It a near-death experience that drove Warlick to a deeper Christian faith – and a recognition of his lyrical mission: To write and rap original music that shares the message and meaning of these milestones.
Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Warlick lived across the U.S. working as a welder by trade, first at a shipyard and then on a railroad where he continued to work until December 2020. He would spend weekends in Nashville collaborating with the city’s top singing and songwriting talents.
Warlick started performing at talent shows as a dancer, in a hip-hop style locally referred to as “Memphis jookin’” – think Michael Jackson meets Usher. These performances gave way to his first viral moment when Chris Brown reposted his dancing on Instagram.
“That’s when things started going to another level,” Warlick explained.
After a pivotal conversation at a church event, he realized that his music, and not his dancing, was his true calling. Warlick synthesized his own form of performance art – videos of him sitting in his truck – adding his own rap verses to popular songs such as “Holy” by Justin Bieber, “The Box” by Roddy Ricch, “Memories” by Maroon 5, “Hello” by Adele, and “You Say” by Lauren Daigle – all filmed on an iPhone and shared on social media.
With social media as his primary platform, his accounts began to see organic growth. Warlick began to see new opportunities in collaboration, such as opening for Franklin twice in 2018, and his musical poetry being featured on Granger Smith’s “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads” in 2020.
In August 2020, he signed his first record deal with RECORDS Nashville/Columbia.
As he continues his mission of positivity and defying labels, Lathan’s socials show him in the studio, writing and recording with artists like RaeLynn and Hubbard, with plans to continue working with artists across all genres in keeping with his signature mantra: “Do different, be different.”