Colby O'Donis

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Colby O'Donis
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Colby O'Donis
Background information
Birth name Colby O'Donis Colón
Born (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 25)
Origin Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active 2008–present
Labels Z-entertainment, Kon Live, Geffen Records, Motown Records
Associated acts Akon, Kardinal Offishall, Lady Gaga

Colby O'Donis (born Colby O'Donis Colón;[1] 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. After a four year hiatus, Colby released a new single "Lean" on VEVO on August 12, 2013 under his new name, O'Donis. He is currently working on a new album set to release in 2014.

Early life[edit]

O'Donis was born in New York City, USA[2] to Puerto Rican parents. His mother, Olga, is a singer once crowned Miss Puerto Rico, and his father, Freddy Colón, is a New York disc jockey.[3][4] He was named after Colby O'Donis, a firefighter who was killed while saving his father's life.[1] O'Donis took first place at a talent show by singing a Michael Jackson song when he was only three and a half.

Music career[edit]

When he was eight, O'Donis' parents had relocated to Florida, where he began collaborating with the group Full Force, which was responsible for numerous hits by the Backstreet Boys, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, '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. and by the time he had reached fourteen, Colby was opening shows for major recording artists, including JoJo, A-Teens, Hoku, S Club 7, Jump5, B-5, Backstreet Boys, Brian McKnight, 98° and 'N Sync. Shortly after his fifteenth birthday, Colby's parents made the decision to relocate They moved to Los Angeles, and pursued a recording deal using Colby’s 100+ song catalog. 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 (J-Lo, Ginuwine, Kelly Rowland, Anastacia), Gregg Pagani (Babyface, Musiq Soulchild, 3LW), Brion James, Manuel Seal, Jr. (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) and multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake. Colby also performed in California, opening shows for Keyshia Cole, 112, Montell Jordan, Daddy Yankee, Omarion, Don Omar, Brandy, Akon, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne. During this time, he was briefly featured on an episode of Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide as Nelson Duckworth.

2008–2013: Colby O[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

2013–present: Start Over[edit]

In August 2013, Colby resurfaced under the name "O'Donis". He released his latest single and music video "Lean" on VEVO on August 12, 2013. O'Donis is currently working on his latest album, "Start Over" set to release during 2014.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2009 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording - "Just Dance" (with Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis) Nominated
American Latino Awards Favorite Newcomer Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Hook-Up - "Just Dance" (with Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis) Won
2010 Grammy Awards Album Of The Year - "The Fame" (as featured artist) Nominated


  1. ^ a b Doolittle, Leslie (1999-12-16). "Archives -". Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Colby O'Donis Biography". Myspace. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Marisela Rivera: Jewelry Job Is Real Gem Colby O'Donis Colón: Dead-Set On A 'Show-Biz' Career". Puerto Rico Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Lee Hernández (2008-09-22). "Colby O'Donis: The New Kid on the Block". New York: Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Colby O'Donis I wanna Touch you Music video". YouTube. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Colby O'Donis Texting flirtation". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  7. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-17.