When I spoke to Beano French during the Give Them Their Flowers series, the West Philly singer talked about the pride he has for his hometown because of the undeniable impact it has in the music world. Not just the music artists who are in the forefront, but even the characters who play the background. Some examples of that would be Natalie Imani, singing background for John Legend, or DJ Aktive spinning for Janet Jackson. One of the many names from Philly who’s making a name himself is Treway Lambert, a drummer from North Philadelphia who credits his faith in God to all the blessings and opportunities he’s received, which includes recently touring with hip hop artist Lil Durk.
Like many musicians, Treway Lambert started off in the church, and made his way into the jam sessions in the city after being exposed to them by his mother when he was a kid. His affection for the drums came when he noticed that he could control any place he played in because of how the song always centers around the beat. Whether for tours, music festivals, or television talk shows, his skills as an elite drummer have been utilized by artists across genres — such as Tye Tribbett, Floetry, Bebe Rexha, and Meek Mill — to obtain two Grammy awards and three nominations.
Yet with all these opportunities to perform all over the country, Lambert’s commitment to his faith in God is just as impressive as talents as a musician. Not to say that he’s perfect, because no one is, but it’s something to be said to be so disciplined in any faith that you have that you make sure to add it into your contracts. Lambert says that his faith not only rewards him with opportunities that he could never have imagined, but it also keeps him strong to deal with any weapon he faces — including a stray bullet that almost took his life in 2017.
According to Lambert, Philly has a history of jam sessions. Venues like Zanzibar Blue, Warmdaddies, The 5 Spot hosted the events like Black Lily which helped create a new generation of soul music which the world would know as neo-soul. That’s interesting, considering how jam sessions are still current; maybe venues like Time, Leda & The Swan, or world Cafe Live are preparing a collective of 3rd generation soul musicians and singers like Treway Lambert. After getting off a long tour with Lil Durk and preparing to jam with Marsha Ambrosia in Las Vegas in the near future, I was able to talk to Lambert about a variety of topics such church, jam sessions, playing for a variety of artists, and how the swag of his hometown stands out no matter where it is.