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|Birth name||Colby O'Donis Colón|
|Born||March 14, 1989|
|Origin||Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, United States|
|Labels||Z-entertainment, Kon Live, Geffen Records, Motown Records|
|Associated acts||Akon, Kardinal Offishall, Lady Gaga|
Colby O'Donis (born Colby O'Donis Colón; March 14, 1989) is an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor. In 2008, he released his debut album Colby O, and his single "What You Got" featuring Akon reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was featured on "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga, which spent almost twelve months on the Billboard Hot 100.
O'Donis was born in The Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican and Guyanese parents but grew up in Queens. His mother, Olga, is a singer once crowned Miss Puerto Rico, and his father, Freddy Colón, is a New York disc jockey. He was named after Colby O'Donis, a firefighter who was killed while saving his father's life. O'Donis has one sister who is five years older than him. He has stated that for seven years, she helped pay for his dance, piano, and guitar lessons out of her own paychecks. His parents first realized his singing talent when he took first place at a talent show by singing a Michael Jackson song when he was only three and a half.
When he was eight, O'Donis' parents had relocated to Orlando, Florida and a year later he began collaborating with the production group Full Force, the same group that had worked with the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Britney Spears. Colby's rise to fame began at ten, when he became the youngest recording artist ever signed to Motown Records, in order to do a song for a major motion picture soundtrack. The song, titled "Mouse in the House", was featured on the 1999 Stuart Little soundtrack. Soon after, he began taking guitar lessons with Johan Oiested, a musician in Carlos Santana’s rhythm section. At the age of eleven, he was making regular appearances as an actor on the television series Grandpa's Garage. At age twelve his father had bought him his first production studio and by the time he had reached fourteen, Colby was opening local Florida shows for major recording artists, including, the Backstreet Boys, Brian McKnight, 98°, Britney Spears, and Ne-Yo. Shortly after his fifteenth birthday, Colby's parents made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles, and pursue a recording deal. After this move, Colby was introduced to Genuine Music Group, where he began collaborating on producing an LP album consisting of songs from his catalog and songs co-written by producers Damon Sharpe, Gregg Pagani, and Brion James.
In 2006, O'Donis had almost signed a record deal with Babyface. However, before the deal was finalized, O'Donis' management had set up a meeting between O'Donis and Akon. They got in the studio where Colby played him his first demo of fourteen songs, and Akon loved and "really connected with it". A few weeks later, they set up a session and began working on music where O'Donis said they had really good chemistry from the start. At this time, Akon told O'Donis that he was starting his own label called Konvict Muzik and asked if he wanted to be a part of it. O'Donis agreed and for the next two years he waited for the label to "get going and achieve the stature they need to launch new artists" before being officially signed.
2008–2012: Colby O
Colby's first single, "What You Got" featuring Akon, was released on February 26, 2008, and his second single, titled "Don't Turn Back", was released on June 24, 2008. Both singles were released for digital download via iTunes, and are featured on his debut album, Colby O. O'Donis was also featured on Lady Gaga's debut single, "Just Dance", earning him a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 50th Grammy Awards.
In 2009, he won Best Dance Recording at the Teen Choice Awards with Lady Gaga. As Colby O'Donis recorded a single remix What You Got of VIGI Gemparry (musician). He has also performed a duet with Brooke Hogan entitled "Hey Yo!" later that year, in addition to his single "I Wanna Touch You" being released to radio. The music video for the latter premiered on July 27, 2009.
In 2010, he was featured in a song called What You Waiting For by a Malaysian artist called Mizz Nina, which has received extensive airplay in Malaysia and other South East Asian countries. He also released another single, "Texting Flirtation" as well.
The following year, he signed with Z-Entertainment Records and released a digital single, "Like Me." The music video premiered on February 9, 2012 on YouTube.
2013-present: Start Over
In 2013, after what he described as "a 4 year hiatus", Colby O'Donis began working on his second studio album titled Start Over. He has released singles "Lean", "Turn This Night Around", "Come Back", "State of Mind", and "Kiss Those Lips" so far to promote the album.
- Colby O (2008)
- Start Over (2014)
|2000-2005||Grandpa's Garage||Diego||Main role|
|2006||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Nelson Duckworth / Quack||1 episode: "Nicknames and Shyness"|
|2009||The Pig People||Alex||Horror movie|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Grammy Awards||Best Dance Recording||"Just Dance" (with Lady Gaga)||Nominated|
|American Latino Awards||Favorite Newcomer||Colby O'Donis||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Hook-Up||"Just Dance" (with Lady Gaga)||Won|
|2010||Grammy Awards||Album Of The Year||The Fame (as featured artist)||Nominated|
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