For R&B singer Lloyd, the road to stardom has taken twists and turns, with high-speed chases and precise maneuvering. Today, the 20-year old singer/songwriter and businessman is in the driver’s seat. He commands the open road and is headed straight for stardom. Singing came natural for Lloyd Polite, a native of New Orleans who grew up in Atlanta. “I knew how to sing before I learned how to talk and I knew how to dance before I learned how to walk”. “It’s just in my blood”. Lloyd comes from a musical background. His mother played piano and sang in the church choir, while his father directed the choir and played saxophone. It was his parent’s support and belief that inspired Lloyd.
“It was that powerful for me that I just took a liking, I decided to just try to perfect it”.As a pre-teen, Lloyd met Joyce Irby, a singer and musician who played in the groundbreaking all-girl band called Klymaxx. Ten-year-old Lloyd met Irby during a rehearsal for a show at his performing arts school. Irby put together the R&B trio, Ntoon signed to Dreamworks Records. Lloyd was the first member and was later joined by Justin Clark and Everett Hall. “That was my first real introduction to the stage, doing shows for like 2,000 people one night and twenty people the next night.” “Touring taught me everything, when you stay ready, you are always ready -- that was our motto”. At the time, Dreamworks Records was not prepared to work an R&B act and the group dissolved. At 14, Lloyd found himself at square one. “It was my drive that helped me forget that I was young and allowed me to move forward.” Armed with a demo of new material Lloyd and Irby made the industry rounds. Lloyd showcased his music and the response was overwhelming. “I ended up hooking up with Magic Johnson’s label, MJM. The 2001 CD, Oh My Lloyd, spawned the hit single “Hey Young Girl”.
“We had a release date and the video, and we did our photo shoot. We were so excited and what do you know -- the label falls”. Lloyd returned to Atlanta, back to the familiar surroundings of Dallas Austin’s studio where he originally recorded with Ntoon. A chance meeting at DARP with Arista Records A&R exec Mark Pitts landed Lloyd a showcase for Antonio L.A. Reid. Eventually an offer came in from the renowned producer and label executive. But, fate forged a detour. “Around that same time, I met Irv Gotti. “L.A. seemed to be like the wiser uncle of my family and Irv was like my big brother who I could do everything with”. “So I put my cameo on and they drafted me into the Inc, army”. Lloyd released the successful single, “Southside” featuring fellow label mate Ashanti.
Lloyd also recorded with southern artists, 8 Ball and MJG, Young Jeezy, Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Roy Jones, Snoop Dogg, and Tango Redd. Ready to start his new venture, Young Goldie Productions, Lloyd brought in an old friend, Jazze Pha to help get the ball rolling.