Travis Garland Takes Over NYC's Santos Party House with Fashionably Late Tour
Travis Garland aims to create an experience. While he may be referring to his live shows, the same idea can be used to describe the singer’s forming solo career. Garland got his start in the industry-formed boy band, NLT, having his career guided by A&R reps and studio heads. Now, Garland is breaking out on his own, creating a successful solo career without the help of the music industry. Backed by the award-winning Stereotypes production team, Garland brought his experience out on the road.
Garland’s major-label beginnings may have helped form the legion of screaming girls that packed Santos Party House on Tuesday night, but it is clear the singer is in his element as an independent artist. In the midst of his Fashionably Late Tour, the R&B singer stopped by New York City to promote his self-titled debut record featuring a sound much different than his pop star upbringings.
“The fans reception to the new album has been overwhelming,” Garland said. “I was apprehensive at first. I expect the worst and hope for the best. I had a vision that I intended on sticking with. But, the fans have been great with the R&B transition and it’s been exciting and inspiring.”
Garland executive produced the new record alongside the Stereotypes. The freedom of not having a label standing over his shoulder making the calls has given Garland the creative freedom he had desired from the start. “With a label, there are just too many cooks in the kitchen. Now, I have no rules. I can release whatever music I want in whatever medium I want. The lack of restriction has been great.”
Now on the road, Garland has brought members of the Stereotypes along with him to better translate the music in a live format. The singer notes that they know the lines almost better than he does and it allows for more experimentation on stage. That was clear as Garland and the band would transition seamlessly from his hit single “Clouds” into a cover of Ciara’s “Body Party.” Of course no R&B show is complete without a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” that had the entire audience in the palm of Garland’s hand. The singer displayed every spectrum of talent he has while showcasing his falsetto vocals on "From Adam" and gospel choir background on the hit "Abby Lee".
“I try to incorporate everything. It’s a lot more exciting that way. I come from a soulful, church background, so it is fun to tie that in with my new stuff and give fans a little of everything. I try not to push things in one direction.”
As the East Coast part of the Fashionably Late Tour wraps up, Garland has no plans to slow down. The singer says he and the Stereotypes are already back in the studio recording more music. He has also just finished shooting the music video for “Motel Pool” which will be the second single off his latest record. The Travis Garland experience is simply just beginning and fans should prepare for an exciting ride.