From Vantoine Lael
Born into an artistic family in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Vantoine fell in love with music at an early age, and the drums would turn out to be his passion at 3 years old. His pastor at the time (Bishop Gooden) saw the passion in him at the age of 3 and instructed his mother to bring his drum set to church and let him play as the choir sung. He quickly learned about flowing in the Spirit and also being very sensitive to the Spirit of God under the tutelage of his uncle, a well-known musician in FL, Victor Lawton. He encouraged his nephew's gift and immediately began to pour into him by cultivating his gift by frequently taking young Vantoine to band rehearsals, studio sessions, and choir rehearsals. Vantoine would use these opportunities as time to learn and study many of the musicians he admired, and take on his uncle’s mantle. As Vantoine grew, he continued to play in church and whenever his uncle needed him.
Some of his influences are Max Roach, Marvin McQuitty Jr, Teddy Campbell, Dennis Chambers, Omar Hakim, Tony Royster Jr, Aaron Spears, Chris Coleman, Calvin Rodgers, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Gerald Heyward, Questlove, La Dell Abrams, Buddy Rich, and many more, but most importantly to him his uncle. Vantoine’s diverse, innovative musical talents can be found in a wide variety of music to include (but not limited to) gospel, R&B, and contemporary jazz just to name a few. Vantoine continues to grow professionally and spiritually, and attributes all of his success to the unwavering support of his family and his Christian rearing. He says, "Without God, his life would be nothing, and he is ever thankful for his gift of musicianship." He will continue to play the beats from his heart into your ears with his gifts and talents through his ministry in music.