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After a year of introducing readers to some fascinating Islanders,
The Guardian presents part two of its annual update on what some of them have been up to
since they first appeared in the newspaper.

By Sally Cole January 2, 2010

Broadway Star, Universal/Motown Recording Artist "N'Kengie" (White Top) with Brady (Red Top)
and friends from P.E.I. at SkyRookm Studios in the NYC Harbor, October, 2009

P.E.I.’s Brady Cudmore continues to embrace opportunities presented to him in the United States where he is pursuing his dream of becoming a pop star.
“It has been really productive, with lots of appearances,” says the Hampshire native, a team member of Smart Trax, an organization that brings children positive messages about staying drug free, not smoking cigarettes, anti-violence, not drinking and driving and self-confidence through contemporary music videos and MP3s.
“My favourite gig was playing at The Pentagon (in Arlington, Va.) It was amazing (to be there) and the people were so responsive,” says Cudmore, who performed for the United States Secretary of Defense and his 149 guests at the Hall of Heroes on Oct. 23 as three girls from Red Bluff, Calif., received an award for Impact, their substance reduction educational project.
Through his contacts, he has also been named Canadian spokesperson for Hopeline.com, a suicide prevention charity based in Washington.
He has also become popular in the public school system. In October, Cudmore had hundreds of high school students clapping in northern California when he premiered Impact, a song about drug and alcohol prevention.

“It was crazy seeing everyone getting up and dancing,” he says. Several weeks later when Cudmore performed at a Passaic, N.J., middle school for Castle Point Records, three police officers had to break up the fans. “After my performance I had just signed 100 autographs and was about to go out the door and saw 200 kids waiting for autographs. I felt swamped.
“I was outside signing autographs when the police came. It was my first experience with security,” says Cudmore. Also in the fall, Cudmore ran into 12 students from his alma mater, Bluefield High School, and former teacher Stephen Cassidy when he attended the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in New York City. They went out for supper at the Hard Rock Café, got together at Times Square for a photo shoot and toured the SkyRoom Studio the next day.
“Brady seems to be enjoying the New York experience. He’s meeting lots of interesting people and should be releasing his new CD shortly,” says Cassidy, during a telephone interview
Besides seeing familiar faces from home, a new door has just opened for Cudmore. He received his U.S. performance visa in November.
“This allows me to work in the states for the next three years and pursue acting opportunities. So now I’m working on my image and getting my performance perfected. I’m looking forward to the next step of my journey.”