Lamond was born as George Garcia in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., but moved to his parent’s native Puerto Rico at age 2. He remained in Puerto Rico until the age of 7, at which point the family (which included eight other siblings) returned to the contiguous U.S., settling in the Bronx, New York City, where he primarily grew up. He began singing backup for various artists (including for his cousin Joey Kid) before landing a solo deal with Columbia Records. His first album, Bad of the Heart, released in 1990, had many underground dance hits like “Bad of the Heart” (#25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990), “Look Into My Eyes” (#4 Hot Dance Club Play, 1990) and “Without You” (#4 Hot Dance, 1989), all co-produced by New York producer Chris Barbosa who had produced Shannon’s string of hits a few years earlier. In 1990, Lamond scored a hit with Brenda K. Starr on the duet “No Matter What” (#49 Billboard Hot 100).