Carter Lezman is a singer-songwriter from Holland, Michigan, with a selection of music that can best be identified as a mix of acoustic, folk, and a small bit of pop.
Carter began playing trumpet in the 5th grade band at his school. Very shortly after joining the school band, Carter found his passion for music and decided to learn to play guitar as a hobby. After a few years of practice, he decided to try out for the church worship team, as well as play in a few garage bands. His high school years were filled with musical opportunities, including being drum major of his school band, worship leader for his youth group, and a weekly member of the church worship team.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science, Carter landed a job at MC Sports as a merchandise assistant. Around this time, he also co-founded the band Soul Escort, a popular-hits cover band that performed in local breweries and venues in the West Michigan area.
Carter was hired as Worship Leader at CrossWind Community Church (Dorr) in January, 2016. Shortly after accepting the position at CrossWind, Carter resigned from his position at MC Sports. Carter also parted ways with Soul Escort, deciding to promote his solo act and original songs.
In May of 2016, Carter performed his first solo performance at Macatawa Ale Company in Holland, MI. After a memorable debut, Carter quickly began booking shows at other local venues, including Tripelroot (Zeeland), Village Inn (Holland), Our Brewing Company (Holland), and Arcadia Ales (Kalamazoo).
The year 2017 brought landmark success to Carter's music. Carter averaged just under one show per week, playing 45 total shows in 2017. Tripelroot offered Carter a position as a house artist, playing the second Saturday every month. Carter also partnered with Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant (Holland), playing several shows throughout the summer season. Other 2017 venues include Macatawa Ale Company, River Rock Dining (Grand Rapids), Arcadia, Potter's Lounge (Kalamazoo), The Union (Kalamazoo), Brew Merchant (Holland), Fireside (Holland), Coppercraft (Holland), Flanagan's Irish Pub (Grand Rapids), Saugatuck Brewing Company (Douglas), and Metro Health Hospital (Wyoming--Alzheimer's Benefit).
Carter hasn't slowed down in 2018, continuing to play at many of the same live venues, as well as partnering with Lucky Girl Brewing Company (Paw Paw/ Gobles) and Blue Stem Restaurant (Augusta).
Carter released his first professional album, Stand Out, on August 24th 2018. Stand Out features inspiring lyrics and astounding instrumentals. From start to finish, these four tracks follow the path of inner-discovery and the search for self-purpose. Stand Out was created with the help of Rude Mans Art, a publishing company based out of Holland, MI.
Carter attributes his success to his hard work, his determination, and his faith. His family and friends have also played a large role in adding to his success. Looking ahead, Carter hopes to travel and play his music for anyone and everyone who will listen.