Brodie let­ting his mu­sic flow in Bar­ba­dos

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

Dur­ing the sum­mer, Cana­dian en­ter­tainer Brodie Nero de­cided to come to Bar­ba­dos for just over a week.

How­ever, months later he was still here chas­ing the sun and al­low­ing his cre­ative juices to flow.

His in­tro­duc­tion to Bar­ba­dos came af­ter he ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion from his man­ager Cole Yates to at­tend the Machel Mon­tano-head­lined Rise at Kens­ing­ton Oval dur­ing the Crop Over Fes­ti­val.

He was so in­spired by all that was hap­pen­ing around him, he re­leased an EP en­ti­tled Palm Trees and col­lab­o­rated with other en­ter­tain­ers.

“When I came down here and de­cided that I was go­ing to stay past nine days, I said I wanted to take ad­van­tage and to im­merse my­self in the Bar­ba­dian com­mu­nity and cul­ture. So I’m work­ing with a cloth­ing brand and shoot­ing videos.

“And I’ve been mak­ing a bunch of songs; so I feel like I’m in the right place spir­i­tu­ally and emo­tion­ally to re­ally push this thing and make some­thing great of it,” he told the WEEK­END BUZZ.

Ma­halia’s Cor­ner

In ad­di­tion to his EP, Brodie said he was work­ing on projects with Holla Bak and Joaquin and he also made his mark on the Ma­halia’s Cor­ner stage, thanks to 2 Mile Hill.

This was not the first time, the R&b/hip-hop artiste stepped out on faith to push his ca­reer.

Born in Toronto to a black fa­ther and white mother, his fam­ily moved to a small town called Grimsby to get away from the big city. Grimsby only had a pop­u­la­tion of 18 000 at the time.

And when he felt out of place there, he de­cided to leave.

“I never felt like I fit in. I never felt like Grimsby was home. There were nu­mer­ous times where I was bul­lied for be­ing mixed. Grimsby had some re­ally racist peo­ple. I knew there was much more to see and ex­pe­ri­ence in the world,” he said.

Real world

As a teenager he had a pro­duc­tion deal and was able to record hun­dreds of songs, but at 21 he took a hia­tus from mu­sic to en­ter the “real world”.

He be­gan a ca­reer as a fit­ness trainer; and he re­warded by win­ning sev­eral fit­ness com­pe­ti­tions.

The I Never Knew singer even­tu­ally mod­elled around the world be­fore mov­ing to Cal­i­for­nia to try act­ing.

But when Hol­ly­wood said no, he turned to en­trepreneur­ship and be­gan a suc­cess­ful so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing agency. How­ever, the mu­sic bug bit him again and he knew it was time to come back.

“About a year ago, I felt this in­tu­itive feel­ing … I didn’t feel ful­filled. I know I have a busi­ness that’s do­ing well but there is some­thing miss­ing in my life and with zero hes­i­ta­tion, I knew it was mu­sic,” he re­called.

Brodie said he was open to col­lab­o­rat­ing with even more lo­cal artistes.

(GP)

CANA­DIAN ARTISTE Brodie Nero de­cided to come to Bar­ba­dos for nine days in July. But he fell in love with the coun­try and two months later, he’s still here and work­ing with lo­cal acts.

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