Sparta musician embarks on world tour

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:19

Sparta — Twenty-year-old multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lawlor from Sparta, a former student of Bill Wright’s Guitar Studio, has just embarked on a major world tour as guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist with the band M83 in support of their latest album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” which debuted at number 21 on the Billboard charts. The band just completed their first show in Mexico City to an audience of over 50,000 fans and is now on their way to perform to sold-out shows across the United States and Canada. After a stop in New York City on Nov. 21 to perform on the Late Show hosted by Jimmy Fallon the band headed over to the Europe to perform in a number of countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Denmark and others with new shows being added all the time. After that it’s off to Australia and New Zealand. According to Lawlor’s music instructor Bill Wright, Lawlor was fun and interesting to work with for the several years that he studied with Wright. “We used to cover many different styles of music from blues, to jazz, classical and of course rock. Jordan had a unique learning style and we did not take the usual course of action of learning to read music, but instead worked out most of what we did by ear. He was also interested in learning all of the different scales and modes so that he could make up his own music.” “I remember how excited he was when he and his brother Jamie won the Sparta Battle of the Bands with their band Teenage Millionaire now known as Future, Future.” Lawlor’s family just recently moved out to Los Angeles to help promote the boys’ musical careers. When asked about the success of other students from his studio, Wright said he has had several of his students go on to attend the Berklee College of Music, one of my students even won a scholarship there. “We just had a group of kids perform live on the radio at WNTI and another group of high school-age students recently performed at the Blairstown Theatre. We also have a lot of students who have successfully auditioned for their schools’ jazz band and a couple have even made regional and state jazz band, not to mention all the other kids that just have fun playing music. For more information please go to or call 973-729-7900 and for a list of M83 tour dates go to