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‘Confidence is the keyword for letting go of the constraints that inhibit us from true expression’. Colonel Red has learnt on an undulating journey that has taken him from his Birmingham birthplace, the second of four sons born to a Jamaican father and an English mother in the 60’s to the independent artist he is today.
In an atmosphere of racial unrest that had him ‘locked up’ at the age of 15, he emerged inspired by the rich music culture he grew up with and combined with Rastafarian philosophy saw a young rude boy Redz sporting a natty Afro as he began to develop his craft. His first experience of the industry ‘and flying’ was being whisked off to the US in business class in the 90’s on a major record deal whirlwind and extensive radio tour. A far cry from a later complete reinvention as an independent artist building from the ground up and producing his own debut Colonel Red album ‘Blue Eye Blak’ at the turn of the new millenium.
Since then, Colonel Red has worked with and written for such artists as Maurice White, Lenny White, Alex Acuna, Amp Fidler, Keith Sweat, Teddy Pendergrass, Anita Baker, Jerry Hey & the Seawind Orchestra, Shara Nelso, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Sandra St.Victor, IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic, Ursula Rucker, Tony Allen, Dwight Trible, The Last Poets, Brian Jackson and many more soul legends.
‘Keep Walkin’, Colonel Red’s debut album for TDR, resonates with the rich influences and experiences of his heritage, yet still speaks with honest humility of familiar themes of faith, hope and love, that captures the essence of the contradictions and challenges that come to many of us, making the most of our lives, living our dreams and finding love in a society that has us under pressure. His followup TDR release ‘Wireless Soldierz’ is on a stronger electro funk tip, as well his third solo release ‘Rhyme Traveling’ scheduled for early 2018.
In his own words:
I’ve been writing rhymes since I was 14 years old, inspired by the sounds of rock steady & reggae I would listen to pumping out from Dad’s Gram! My heroes, Bob Marley & Fred Locks, were amongst those who inspired me no end. It was never just about the music. I would listen to the raw kungeon sounds that sounded like they came from an exotic place far far away, then I’d look at the pictures on the sleeves of the albums & totally get lost with questions of who these guys were & where they come from. I wanted to be like these guys, I knew they were special. Their incredible talent never dawned on me until I started to rhyme along with them. Little did I know I would eventually start to rhyme too.
I became haunted with rhymes & melodies, words flowing through my head & spilling from my mouth, like it was somebody else singing & wailing. This was the beginning of something that would stay with me, inspiring me for the rest of my life. I often mind travel back to those times, still never do I feel the urge to actually go back, well maybe for a visit to remember the times & places that 1st touched me & moved me to the place that I am at now.
I feel blessed to have lived the life I have lived thus far. I have Rhymed for more than 40 years & intend on Rhyming for the next 40… Rhyme Traveling is another episode in the journey of Colonel Red, a musical poet, born & raised amongst the steel Witt & ambitions of Britain’s 1st generation of West Indians, also described as Black British.
I Rhyme Travel to Travel Rhyme.