Doug Locke

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Doug Locke
Also known as Locke
Born Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Website www.locketheartist.com

Doug Locke is an American singer, songwriter, model and actor. As a recording artist, he is known mononymously as Locke.[1]  Locke was born in Houston, Texas to Gene and Aubrey Locke. 

Early life and education

Locke is the son of former Houston City Attorney and Commissioner Gene Locke and Aubrey Locke. He is one of five children, including actress Tembi Locke and writer Attica Locke.  His uncle is Olympic Gold medalist Frederick Newhouse.

Locke developed an interest in the performing arts at an early age.  He participated in theatre and dance summer camps throughout his childhood.  After high school, Locke moved to Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from Occidental College.  While studying Theatre, Doug appeared in multiple productions including: The Crucible, Blues for Alabama Sky,[2] The Pajama Game and She Stoops to Conquer. 

During his time at Occidental College, Locke began performing at open mic events and talent showcases.[3]  He began to garner a following based off his elaborate stage shows the featured choreography, wardrobe changes, provocative themes and even once a burning guitar.[4]

Career

Locke performing in Hollywood, California

Locke was inspired to enter the entertainment industry professionally by the work of his sisters, Tembi Locke (actress) and Attica Locke (writer).  He began his career in film and television when he portrayed a young Jimi Hendrix in the Silver Lake Film Festival[5] award-winning short, "A Technicolor Dream".  In addition to numerous commercials, pilots and shorts, he most recently appeared in episodes of the hit television shows, House M.D. and Bones.  He has appeared in international print campaigns for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Bacardi, Subaru and others.  Locke has a cameo roles in the horror film Excess Flesh, and the Hallie Meyers-Shyer film Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon.

In 2015 Locke released his debut EP “Blue Heart” featuring #ThisCouldBeUs[6] as the lead single. His musical influences include Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Madonna.  His work has been featured in The Huffington Post,[7] Out Magazine,[8] Idolator,[9] GLAAD,[10] Logo’s NewNowNext,[11] Upworthy.com,[12] PopMatters.com,[13] Blurred Culture and many others.

The single “#ThisCouldBeUs” hit no.32 on the iTunes Hot 100 chart (Barbados) and the music video went viral and has more than one million views to date.[6]  The video was embraced for its touching portrayal of unrequited love, and was featured in the 2015 Massimadi film festival in Montréal. The music video for “KING” (the second single from the “Blue Heart” EP) was released on May 4, 2015 to coincide with National Anti-Bullying Day and premiered on Idolator.com.[9] His third single "Rendezvous" featuring Kaleena Zanders premiered on January 24, 2016 on the popular site AFROPUNK.[14]

“Blue Heart” sports a collection of Electric Pop, Funk Rock, and R&B Soul inspired songs tackling themes of love, sex and empowerment written by Locke and Producer Eric McNeely.  In addition to playing shows all over Los Angeles (including The Hotel Café[15][16] and Club Moscow), Locke recently headlined Portland Pride.[17]  He has appeared on kCal/CBS ‘Morning Show’ in Los Angeles and ‘Great Day Houston[18][19]’, and is currently working on his next EP.

His concert film Locke: Live at Club Moscow premiered in Los Angeles at El Cid on February 22, 2016 and can be seen on YouTube

Discography

  • Blue Heart (2015)

References

  1. ^ "Official Website". LockeTheArtist.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Flake, Morgan (10 November 2008). "The Occidental Weekly". Blues for an Alabama Sky. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Texier, Fanny (2 March 2010). "The Occidental Weekly". Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Strauss Swanson, Charlotte (20 October 2008). "The Occidental Weekly". A Taste of Oxy. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sustainable LA at SilverLake Film Festival". Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "YouTube". #ThisCouldBeUs. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Nichols, James (18 August 2014). "Doug Locke Debuts #ThisCouldBeUs". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  8. ^ James, Diego (12 May 2015). "Doug Locke's King will inspire you". Out Magazine. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Gracie, Bianca (4 May 2015). "Doug Locke Fights Against Bullying In "King" Video: Idolator Premiere". Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Townsend, Megan (22 August 2014). "GLAAD". GLAAD. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Brathwaite, Les Fabian (21 August 2014). "Gay Lovers Reunite After 45 Years In Touching "#ThisCouldBeUs" Music Video: WATCH". NewNowNext. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Orr, Matt (24 August 2014). "2 Beautiful Men Have A Love Affair In 1969, But The Last 10 Seconds Will Break Your Heart". Upworthy. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Begrand, Adrien (17 August 2015). "Doug Locke - Style on Fleek". Pop Matters. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  14. ^ McLendon, T. "PREMIERE: LA singer Locke dazzles on his alt-pop single "Rendezvous" ft. Kaleena Zanders". www.afropunk.com. 
  15. ^ Phoenix, William (10 December 2015). "Doug Locke performs at Hotel Café". AXS. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Electric Frontier, The Proof, Athena, Doug Locke". LA Weekly. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Sylvestre, Alan (14 June 2015). "Hundreds Gather in Portland for Pride Northwest Festival". OPB.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "KING live on Great Day Houston". YouTube. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "#ThisCouldBeUs live on Great Day Houston". YouTube. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 

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