Collie Buddz announces new album and releases first single entitled “Good Life”.
It seems like we are all in constant search of the “Good Life”. Between work, family, bills life can get hectic and it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes its necessary to step back, take some time for yourself, let loose and appreciate what you have. Creating music has always been an outlet for me to express myself and free up. I hope this song and my music can be an escape for you as well.
The song and most of the album is produced by my good friend and one of my favorite producers of all time Supa Dups. Not only has he produced some of my best tracks (“Blind To You Haters”, “Tomorrows Another Day”,”Sensimilla”) but he is also responsible for some huge recent hits: (Drake “Controlla”,Drake ft. Rihanna”Too Good)
My new album is called “Good Life” and is now available for pre-order on my website colliebuddz.com and worldwide on May 19th! This is my first independent release and being fully hands on in all aspects of the process has been amazing. “Good Life” as an album is a reflection of my life the last 10 years. Ultimately it is about perspective, perseverance and working towards a solution.
I have been blessed with the best fans in the world who have supported me for years and patiently waiting for new music. I’m really excited to unveil this project to them and am already working on the next one.
Buddz exploded onto the scene a few years ago when critics and tastemakers alike embraced him – Spin Magazine proclaiming, “Buddz proves the pop rule: Catchiness transcends color.” From Vibe Magazine to Entertainment Weekly, Collie Buddz made quite an impression with music critics.
“As an artist, I want to expand musically. I’ll always do Reggae. I did Reggae music because I was good at it and that’s what I knew and loved growing up. But at the same time, when I put on my producer hat and I hear a riddim, it might not be in my comfort range, but whatever I hear on the track dictates what I’m going to make. I really only care about making good music. For that to happen, it can’t live in a box.”
Indeed growing up on the island of Bermuda, Reggae music was a formidable influence on a young Collie Buddz. Born Colin Harper in New Orleans, LA to a mother of Bermudian heritage with roots on the island dating back to the 1700s, his father passed away while Collie Buddz was at the tender age of four. At that time, his mother moved the family back home to Bermuda. It wasn’t long before Buddz discovered more than his Bermudian heritage. Introduced to Reggae music by his older brother, Matthew, affectionately just known as “Smokey,” by the tenderfoot age of 12, Colin Harper quickly learned his way around a music studio. It soon became apparent to everyone within earshot of the boy that his voice was unique in a way that lingers long after you’ve heard him. “Back then, I just used to plug headphones into the microphone jack of a tape deck. I’d sing into one of the earpieces and record it on cassette,” Buddz recalls.
Eventually, Smokey relocated to Toronto to pursue an audio engineering degree. His baby brother, as always, tagged along. But Buddz had plans of his own. And, by the age of 19, he was attending Full Sail Academy in Orlando, FL pursuing his own audio engineering degree. Only 13 months later, Buddz had that degree. With dreams of becoming a major music producer, Buddz rejoined his brother in Canada.
As a producer, Buddz was the most comfortable in the studio. But he couldn’t find any artists that could really pull off the sound he desired so Buddz far too often found himself just running back and forth from the vocal booth to the mixing booth as he layered his own vocals for his production work. After a while, it just became easier for him to just do it all by himself. At this juncture, Colin Harper became Collie Buddz.
With his independent spirit guiding his journey Buddz has toured the world. He’s constantly creating new music and experimenting with it in front of live audiences almost immediately. He’s honed his craft while in support of several tours with artists such as Cypress Hill, Rebelution and Matisyahu. He’s performed in front of thousands at the largest music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Boomtown, Summer Jam and the California Roots Festival.
While touring, Buddz still found time to record new material and release original music independently on his own record label, Harper Digital. He’s even managed to launch a new radio station back home in Bermuda (Vibe 103) and become a father.