Akon’s New Artist Colby O’Donis

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Colby O’Donis — a young, handsome singer, songwriter, musician, producer, dancer and all-around entertainer — perhaps a child prodigy who didn’t get his break into the big league until now.

At the age of 19 and signed to Akon’s KonLive label, Colby is generating a great deal of excitement with club DJs, on the radio and internet with his first single, “What You Got” featuring Akon, taken from his debut titled, Colby O. He is already a hit on the road–performing to packed club venues in Southern California, the Bay Area, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Detroit, and San Jose, Calif. (where he recently performed to a for- women-only audience); while the single has already broken at stations such as the venerable KPWR-FM [Power 106] in Los Angeles.

Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Colby spent a great deal of time during his childhood living in Orlando, Florida–arguably the country’s haven for breaking teen artists. By the age of 9, he was already working with Platinum producers Full Force [Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Backstreet Boys, N’Sync] who shopped his demos to a circuit of record labels, and produced his song, “Mouse in the House,” featured on the Stuart Little soundtrack.

The initial persistence didn’t quite evolve into the expected success, but that didn’t stop Colby from continuing down his desired path. Both he and his family were committed to making this dream happen. “I remember how hungry I was back then, and I’m even hungrier today,” states Colby. “I’m so thankful to have such supportive parents as well as a sister who helped to pay for my guitar lessons, which is a big part of what I do.”

Colby’s formal music training with the guitar under the tutelage of Johan Oiested, a player in Carlos Santana’s rhythm section, has transformed him into a virtual musical threat. He’s also learned to play the piano, and is a true showman who has strengthened his dancing and stage presentation, and had one-time even considered signing a recording deal with singer-songwriter Babyface–until a career-altering meeting with Akon occurred. Akon was immediately impressed with the young prodigy, and the rest as they say is history in the making.

Colby has been producing music since the age of 12, further allowing his collaborations with Akon to stand out more. His debut album has pretty much been a self-contained effort, with the lion’s share of writing and production done primarily between him and Akon.   “We’ve recorded so many songs for this project–maybe forty or so–it was hard to get it down to a manageable number,” says Colby. “The writing process has been so much fun, and it has been great working with Akon. On the real, he is a very humble guy.”

Together the pair has created a collection of songs that Akon says are “beyond definition…we are doing whatever is hot,” says Akon. “Colby is my secret weapon.” Listeners will find those words to ring true after checking out such guaranteed smashes like “Sophisticated Bad Girl,” and “Don’t Turn Back.” Colby would say, though, that the music has elements of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, even Latin guitar flavors. “My shows will include all of these styles,” says Colby. “Performing and entertaining is what I live for. I want to be able to show the fans that I’m a ‘real’ musician as well as a singer and dancer. ”

Colby will get that chance sooner than later–with artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher and Justin Timberlake cited as some of his idols, audiences are hungry for a fresh talent who can take up the mantle of those aforementioned superstars. Colby O’Donis is primed and ready to answer the call!

www.myspace.com/colbyo

  17 comments for “Akon’s New Artist Colby O’Donis

  1. Austin
    March 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    hey Colby i like u, and i beleive that with you club konvict still reigns.

  2. March 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hey colby u the bst.u ma mentor man.lyc ur song ft akon entitled wt u gt.lv u gys

  3. panzer
    February 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    he is so cute nice………

  4. jay
    September 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

    i love you colby:)

  5. September 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

    COLBY YOU ARE A WEAPON MARRY ME U BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. July 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Akon and Colby,you are so cute and so handsome.
    love ya!!!

  7. June 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    eu sou uma menina do bem akon

    e colbt beijos

  8. April 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    hi you are su cute colby ! :>

  9. Nicole
    March 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Heyyahh I Think You are fab like Akon
    You are an amazing singer and your cuteness matches…
    I know you have a fab career ahead of ya and keep up the good work and it really worked you singing with akon do it again sometime…
    u r so brilliant that my mum even said “wow he is hell good”

  10. vivi
    February 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    i think that u r soooooooooooooo cute and i pics of u every where.

  11. Courtney Goggin
    January 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I LOVE AKON AND COLBY!!!!! U guys r like my heros!! In fact im listening to ur new song beautoful rite now!!! And heres my # 203 233 8482! call me i love music just like u and its what i live f

  12. November 29, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Hey coby yr lik my dream guy….keep tyrin hard for yr creaure

  13. spaco
    October 16, 2008 at 5:09 am

    hey i love you being with akon,

  14. jaime
    August 13, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    hey colby your amazing i love your song what u got i luv all of ur muzik its hot by the way heres my # 575 442 2414 call me eny time

  15. rachel
    August 3, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    hi colby i really loved your song what you got i play that song mostly everyday and night your song is f—kin good by the way you are a really cute guy g2g now

  16. Ciera
    July 30, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Hey i really like the the what you got.
    i listen to it like every day.
    i love that you guys sanng this together because i love this song <333
    well i g2g
    bye

  17. Jessica
    July 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    First of all Colby your amazingly talented. Second of all your so F*UCKING SEXY.Love ya!!!!

    p.s. my number is (661)-946-0581, email LadyAntwane@aol.com

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