Brodie letting his music flow in Barbados
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.
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.
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.
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.