Drew Lanius is a songwriter living in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Area. Drew has been a professional entertainer and musical recording artist for nearly two decades. Born in Pekin, Illinois Drew was the youngest of six children in the family and one of 3 boys. Drew was raised in a very religious family and was in the fundamentalist Baptist church from birth. Music was a large part of the everyday life in Drew’s home. Drew’s Mother and all of his sisters played piano as did one brother with the other brother opting for the guitar. Drew’s father played the Treholipee (a boutique ukulele made for surfers in the early 60′s). The family moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1983 when Drew was 11. Drew would spend the next 6 years here and would become more and more immersed into the world of music. Drew turned 17 in 1989 and joined the Army… After getting out of the Army Drew played music where he could, usually by “sitting in” with more established musicians from the area. In 1991 and early 1992 Drew spent some time at WRXR (96RXR)radio in Augusta, GA as an intern. Finding himself exposed to a perspective on the music industry that is usually separate from the performance related side, Drew began writing the “ON AIR” dialogue and selecting the music for a weekly radio broadcast called “THE 60 MINUTE BLUES BREAK”. The station’s Program Director, Jeff Sanders, was hopeful for syndication of the show, but it never happened and so Drew moved back to Northern Kentucky. Beginning in early 1992 and with the help of Craig Wilson, and various other musicians, Drew started recording his earliest compositions that were written while he was in high school and in the U.S. Army. Over the next few years, as the collection of songs grew, there were more ambitious goals for releasing a full CD.
As Drew continued to write and record he also performed as lead singer for Scavenger, a working band in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area that performed Album Rock but no original music. In 2005 Drew, with the help of longtime friend Art Letkey, promoted a charity concert in Peoria, IL at the Peoria Civic Center that featured 70′s theater rock masters STYX and SANTANA original lead singer GREGG ROLIE. This was not Drew’s first introduction to working in a supporting role off stage either. Drew had worked in some capacity and for varying lengths of time in tour support roles between 2000-’05 for many well known recording artist like Blessid Union of Souls, Smashmouth, Vanilla Ice and others. Drew continued to record but as time went on spent much of his time working with other artists rather than focusing on his own material. In 2007 Drew was introduced to Cincinnati rock band noctaluca and there Drew was to stay until 2009 as manager to the band. Over the following few years Drew traveled around the country as an indoor environmental professional, but a work stoppage in 2011 put Drew back where he started… In the recording studio making music.
On January 27th of 2012 Drew released his long awaited debut CD “of the past and foreground”. The full length CD that was recorded between 2005 and 2012 features many of Greater Cincinnati’s finest musicians. The self written, self produced release is a collection of songs that were written over the span of many years.
Beginning in April 2012, Drew began performing on a regular basis as one half of an acoustic musical act simply called DREW & WILLY D’s ACOUSTIC ROCK & SOUL DUO.
Performing at music venues and restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati Area where both Drew and Willy D live, is helping to reconnect the region to Drew’s music.
The debut CD “of the past and foreground” is now available for CD purchase or Digital Download at all of the major online music retailers.