Colin Munroe

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Colin Munroe
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Colin Munroe
Background information
Birth name Colin Munroe
Born (1980-06-18) June 18, 1980 (age 33)
Origin North Gower, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock, pop, alternative rock, alternative hip hop, electronic
Years active 2004-Present
Labels Marked Music, Rowdy Records, Universal Motown, EMI Music
Associated acts Dallas Austin, Pusha T, Drake, Wale, Blaqstarr, Black Milk, Game, Kendrick Lamar, Cassie
Website Official Site

Colin Munroe (born June 18, 1980) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer originally from North Gower, Ontario, who now resides in Toronto.[1]

Biography[edit]

Colin was raised by Christian parents who pulled him out of Grade 3 because they felt they could do a better job than the system was doing. Colin was home‐schooled alongside his 3 younger siblings until Grade 9 at which point his parents finally granted their son’s request to attend a nearby arts school.[1]

Colin attended the University of Toronto, where he received a degree in cinema studies and philosophy. During his time in Toronto, Colin collaborated with urban‐music talent including Glenn Lewis and Divine Brown.[1] He co-wrote and produced 10 songs on Ray Robinson’s Juno-nominated album, What It Is, and has cuts on the BrassMunk disc Fewturistic (including How ‘Bout feat. Moka Only). Colin also has upcoming releases by Once Degrassi: The Next Generation star and now rapper Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Divine Brown, Saukrates and Frank n Dank. Recently several US artists have sought material from Colin including former Blackstreet member Chauncey Black (Universal/Motown), Sean Price and Brick and Lace (Geffen).[2]

Don’t Think Less of Me, is an 11-song[2] pop album owing its song writing influences to early Van Morrison, U2 and The Beatles, hip hop and soul music.

In late 2007, Grammy winning producer Dallas Austin (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Leona Lewis) collaborated to advance Colin to UniversalMotown Records. Late January 2008, Colin leaked an unofficial remix/response to Kanye West’s Flashing Lights online. Within 10 days, the remix and accompanying street‐video had spread across the internet, and now exceeds one million views on YouTube. Perez Hilton, MTV, Pitchfork Media, Arjan Writes, Discobelle and Kanye West all covered the phenomenon. Kanye West included "I Want Those Flashing Lights" on his latest mixtape, Glow in the Dark tour Mixtape.[1]

In 2009 Colin Munroe took part in an interactive documentary series called City Sonic. The series, which featured 20 Toronto artists, had him reflect on his early experiences with the Revival Bar.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2006 The Colin Munroe EP
  • Release date: September 2006
  • Label: Marked Music / Rowdy Records / UniversalMotown
    1. Your Braids
    2. World of Pain
    3. Will I Stay
    4. Red
    5. Never Be Mine
    6. Go Home
2010 Don’t Think Less of Me
2012 The Unsung Hero
  • Release date: September 4, 2012
  • Label:

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Title
2008 Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero

Singles[edit]

Year Title Format
June 2007 "World of Pain" Video & MP3
January 2008 "I Want Those Flashing Lights" (Kanye West remix) Video & MP3
August 2008 "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2 cover) Video & MP3
September 2008 "Will I Stay" Video & MP3
November 2008 "Unsung Hero Trailer" Video
November 2008 "Will I Stay (remix)" (feat. Wale and Dallas Austin) MP3
January 2009 "Piano Lessons" (feat. Joell Ortiz) Video & MP3
January 2009 "Will I Stay (Rehearsal Footage)" (feat. Wale) Video
February 2009 "Last Cause (88-Keys Cause N' Effect remix)" (feat. 88-Keys) MP3
March 2009 "Piano Lessons" (Felix Cartal remix) MP3
March 2009 "Last Cause (Acoustic Version)" Video & MP3
March 2009 "As Much as You (Rehearsal Footage)" (feat. Blaqstarr) Video
March 2009 "Who Killed Davey Moore? (remix)" (Bob Dylan REVOX) Video & MP3
May 2009 "Piano Lessons (remix)" (feat. Jim Jones) MP3
August 2009 "Start a War" MP3

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "Without U" (Black Milk feat. Colin Munroe) Tronic
"Too Much Too Soon" (Che Grand feat. Colin Munroe) Everything's Good Ugly
"Connect the Dots" (Izza Kizza feat. Colin Munroe) -
"Oil & Water" (Hollyweerd feat. Colin Munroe) -
"I Am Me" (Donnis feat. Colin Munroe) Diary Of An Atlanta Brave
"Bittersweet" (Wale feat. Colin Munroe) -
"So Close, So Far" (Statik Selektah feat. Bun B, Wale & Colin Munroe) -
"Runaway Girl" (Drake feat. Colin Munroe) -
"Don't Die" (Beatnik & K-salaam feat. Bun B, Talib Kweli & Colin Munroe) -
"Start a War" (XV feat. Colin Munroe) -
2010 "So Much More" (Rich Kidd feat. Saukrates & Colin Munroe) -
"Don't Pretend" (Travie McCoy feat. Colin Munroe) Lazarus
"Take Over the World" (Kidz in the Hall feat. Colin Munroe & Just Blaze) Land of Make Believe
"Faster" (Slum Village feat. Colin Munroe) Villa Manifesto
"Walking on Air" (Novel feat. Joell Ortiz & Colin Munroe) -
"Say My Name" (Christian Rich feat. Colin Munroe) -
"Big Bad World" (Diggy feat. Colin Munroe) AirBorne
"No Time For Sleep" (Pill feat. Colin Munroe) 1140: The Overdose
"Best is Yet to Come" (XV feat. Colin Munroe) Vizzy Zone
"Wake Up Call" (88-Keys feat. Colin Munroe) -
"Lightning" (Donnis feat. Colin Munroe) Fashionably Late
"Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)" (Asher Roth & Nottz feat. Colin Munroe) Rawth EP / You Need This Music
"Underdogs 2" (Pac Div feat. Colin Munroe) Don't Mention It
2011
"No Make Up (Her Vice)" (Kendrick Lamar feat. Colin Munroe) Section.80
"Hollywood" (T. Mills feat. Colin Munroe) Leaving Home
2012
"Monsters In My Head" (Slaughterhouse feat. Colin Munroe) Psalm 82:v6

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Colin Munroe(IMEEM)(2009).[1] imeem.com/colinmunroe. Retrieved on 2009-01-12.
  2. ^ a b LAST.fm(last.fm)(2009).[2] last.fm/music/Colin+Munroe. Retrieved on 2009-01-12.
  3. ^ http://www.citysonic.tv/films/Colin-Munroe-at-The-Revival-Bar.php

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