Colin Patrick Harper hails from the Bermuda Islands. In the music industry, he is known as the reggae artist Collie Buddz.
Buddz was born on August 21, 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, he attended Full Sail University in Orlando, FL, where he decided to study studio engineering. Upon graduating from college in 2006, Buddz began looking for work in the recording industry as a performer or producer.
One of his first major gigs was working with recording star Shaggy on the single “Mad Mad World” from Shaggy’s new album entitled Intoxication, which was release in 2007.
That was the same year he released his self-titled debut album with Sony Music. The album was a moderate success, but well-received by critics. WWE (World Wrestling Enterprises) fans would immediately recognize Buddz’s voice from the entrance theme (“SOS”) for WWE superstar wrestler Kofi Kingston, which was included on the 2008 compilation WWE The Music, Vol. 8.
Over the next year, he would continue making guest appearances on the works of other artists. It is no small coincidence that his stage name “Buddz” is slang for marijuana. There have been photographs taken of the artist holding bongs and other pot-smoking paraphernalia over the years. Of course, other reggae artist such as Bob Marley have made weed seem an essential part of the reggae lifestyle.
At the end of the decade, Buddz started his own record label called Harper Digital. When not working in the studio, he found himself selling out venue after venue on one of his many exhaustive tours.
In 2011, he would finally release his second album entitled Playback. As was the case with the first album, this album was a modest success commercially, but the critics loved his work.
With a couple of albums and a good reputation under his belt, Buddz is a frequent performer at many of the major reggae festivals around the world. More recently he has been in the studio finishing up his most recent fully self produced album ‘Hybrid’ which will be coming out in the Spring of 2019. Singles from the album like ‘Love & Reggae’ and ‘Bounce It’ have already topped charts and given fans a good insight into how the rest of the album will sound.