Ronnie Laws

Born October 3, 1950, this Texan is the third in a famous line of four musicians. That includes his classically trained flautist brother, Hubert and vocalist sisters, Eloise and Debra. The self-taught saxophonist began playing at age eleven. An eye injury shattered his dreams of playing professional basketball, thus fulfilling his mother’s dream to be playing the horn, which he plays with a passion. He studied music at Stephen F. Austin State High School, and then he moved on to Texas Southern University.

In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles where he worked under such legends as The Jazz Crusaders, Walter Bishop Jr. and Doug Cann. He played with the well known “Earth, Wind and Fire” for two years.

Wayne Henderson, a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, produced Ronnie’s first album, “Pressure Sensitive” (1975). In response to the jazz critics, Laws proved himself not only successful in Jazz but also in R&B; and Pop, thus achieving several awards for originality. His first hit “Always There” was one of several HBO Originals including the animated “Happily Ever After”. Eddie Holland, of Holland Dozier-Holland fame, offered him a contract to create, compose and produce his own projects. This gives him the opportunity to explore the heart and soul of his musical gift.

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