Luico Hopper

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Luico Hopper (pronounced” Lou-é-co ) was born in Bassett, Virginia. Hopper, who comes from a gifted musical family, started playing the guitar around the age of twelve. He studied Sociology at Norfolk State University where he began playing the electric and acoustic bass during his freshman year. After graduating from college, Hopper moved to New York City to become a professional musician. In the 80’s and 90’s Hopper’s career was established as a studio bassist recording on scores of radio and television commercials. During this time, Hopper also recorded and toured with a number of artists including Phyllis Hyman, Gato Barbieri, Roberta Flack, Gil Evans, Diana Ross, Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, Gloria Lynne, Luther Vandross and Bryan Ferry.

In 1995, Hopper released his first solo album, “Lessons of Light” featuring his multi-talents as a musician, composer and producer. His second solo album, “Reflections” was released in 2001. In the mid-eighties, Hopper became increasingly sought after to perform on Broadway beginning with the original hit musical “Dream Girls.” Hopper was the featured bassist in the Broadway hit, “Five Guys Named Moe.” He has since performed in numerous other Broadway hits including “Bring In Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk,” “The Lion King,” Shrek the Musical” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”

In 2013, Hopper accepted the coveted bass chair for the Broadway hit sensation “Motown the Musical,” a role that is particularly meaningful since his childhood musical inspiration was the legendary Motown bassist, James Jamerson. After nearly four decades, Hopper continues to pursue his craft with enormous passion, dedication and discipline, reflective of the artist he was born to be.

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