January 3, 2009

All the right moves...
In part two of its year-end review, The Guardian catches up with three people who entertained readers and audiences in 2008

SALLY COLE

THE NEXT PHASE

It has been five months since Brady Cudmore moved to New York City to follow his dream of becoming a pop star.

Home for a visit during the holidays, he’s happy with the progress that is being made.“My career is going amazingly well,” says Cudmore, whose self-titled EP has just been released on P.E.I.

The five-track release includes Let’s Stick Together, We’re Makin’ it, Let Me Tell Ya’ and Make it With You and features guest artists Papa Lock and N’Kenge.

Cudmore is also working with five gifted students from the Stevens Institute of Technology to form The Brady Cudmore Band.

“One of the coolest projects we’re involved in right now is the Pick Up the Phone Campaign for Suicide Prevention,” says Cudmore, adding one of his songs will be included on a compilation CD with Journey, Third Eye Blind and R.E.M., which will be released on May 7.

With all the exciting things that have happened, the most amazing thing was his first performance in America.

“They closed off a street in Jersey City and I got a whole stage to perform Let’s Stick Together. “It was really cool to perform in front of 1,500 people,” says Cudmore, with a smile.

It's the latest development in a story that began two years ago when Cudmore attended the Audio Engineering (AES) music and technology convention in New York City with students from Bluefield High School.

With some gutsy determination, he auditioned for David Musial, a New York producer who was so impressed with what he heard that he came to P.E.I. to record Cudmore the following November.

In subsequent trips to New York, Cudmore recorded 24 songs with other 10 producers.

As he looks toward a new year, he’s hopeful for his future.

“My business manager, Bob Wohler, will begin pitching my music to major record labels in January,” he says.

As well, there will be new additions to his My Space page.

“My second video will be released within the next three to four weeks. Directed and shot by Kevin Bertotti, it was a huge project. They rented an auditorium and put lights on me. And we had a lot of fun,” he says.

Cudmore is appreciative of the opportunities he has received after winning a music production scholarship from One World Artists.

“These days I’m counting my blessings.

“I especially acknowledge my father, Timmy, mother Faye and my brother, Ryan, and my friends and for the support that they’ve given me throughout my life. Everyone has been amazing.”

Source: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=206456&sc=100