Before 2010 Lloyd Cele would never have imagined himself to be one of the South Africa’s most popular artists, speaker and TV presenter. Now days though, Lloyd finds himself traveling the country performing at top live events, being nominated for top accolades, involving himself with notable charities, recording songs with top producers, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.
“My life has been completely changed since I was the runner up in Idols. It’s been a whirlwind, and I have never looked back. So many amazing opportunities have come my way, and I have been sure to grab them all with both hands!’ explains Lloyd”
Lloyd is a self-taught musician and has learned to play the guitar, keyboard and saxophone. His musical background has been a huge advantage for him putting together his albums. Lloyd has written and composed around 90% of the songs on his albums. He’s also a great versatile corporate performer, with a big selection of popular cover songs and amazing performance options.
Lloyd’s sound is about embracing South Africa’s diverse culture, racial groups, and musical influences and fusing them together in one album. The formula seems to have worked on his 1st album belting out hit after hit. After Idols came ‘Thanks To You’, this was followed by the much loved ‘Make It Easy’, nominated at SAMA 2012 for song of the year and led to the dance inspired hit ‘My Air’, one of summer’s biggest local hits in 2011. The next big hit was the Zulu ballad ‘Thando’ featuring Loyiso Bala, which was nominated for a 2012 SAMAs in the best collaboration category. The album scooped up the award for best pop album of 2012.
2012 saw Lloyd receive another nod in the form of a Channel O awards nomination and in 2013 a Metro award nomination as well as 3 SAMA nominations for best Pop, best Record and best Collaboration.
In addition to performing and recording Lloyd has lent his well liked and recognizable name and face to organizations such as Reach For A Dream and Domesto’s campaign.
Outside of music Lloyd also released an autobiography with a free acoustic CD (A Dream Of An Idol With Dreams Acoustic Album), telling his story in reaching his dreams. He has presented a radio show for over a year on VUMA fm in Durban and currently a popular weekly TV show on Soweto TV.
Other notable hits but Lloyd are “Tonight”, the theme song for Top Billing and Collabs with AKA, Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, Soweto Gospel Choir, CH2 and Brian Temba.
Lloyd’s current single is called HIGHER.
Lloyd encourages all people to reach for their dreams and never give up.
All things are truly possible!
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