Pedro Costa (musician)

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Pedro Costa
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Background information
Origin North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Genres New Blues
Indie Rock
Indie Folk
Electronic
Years active 2008 – present
Associated acts Fetal Pulse, Dove Pilot
Website pedrocosta.com
Notable instruments
Guitar, vocals

Pedro Costa is a Canadian composer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and music producer from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, now living in North Bay. He first achieved notability in Poland where he received national airplay, and had two songs in the top 50 Polish singles chart. He now also has several television credits.

History[edit]

Projects[edit]

Driven by his passion for songwriting Pedro's solo recording debut came in 2008 with the Portuguese single "A beira da estrada". This was the followed by his first Alternative Rock EP "The Light". Recorded in 2009, it has generated Pedro's biggest success to date. Discovered online by Polish radio producer and personality Piotr Baron the song went on to chart in Poland's singles chart. The Light reached a peek position of 11th on 5 May 2009 (see Charts). And was ranked 85th overall for 2009.[1] According to Costa, "The Light" was also played nationally in Portugal by Rádio Renascença.[2] Some success also came in Costa's native Canada. In 2010 "Fooled Again?" was discovered by CBC radio producer Amanda Putz and featured on CBC Radio 1 show Bandwidth. The track also made the CBC radio 3 track of the day. "A serious part-time activity for him... Well, that part-time activity is not doing too bad..." - Amanda Putz[3]

After several other singles releases and collaborative efforts his first full length album "Discovery" was released March 2011.

Film and Television[edit]

Pedro's music has had placements on ABC, NBC, CBS, TLC, CTV, CNN, SyFy, National Geographic, Headline News, RTL4, RTL8, CNBC, Bravo, Esquire, Oxygen, TruTv, FoxSports2, Investigation Discovery, Fuse, Dave (UK), TV2 Zebra (Norway), MSG Network, History, Telemundo, Discovery channel, Comedy Central, Travel Channel, MTV, WE, E!, AMC, Slice, Cloo, Spike TV, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, WGN America, Science, and FOX. His first TV licensing deal came from an original rendition of the song made famous by Johnny Cash, "God’s Gonna Cut You Down"

Emmy Award winning TV Producer Bill Pruitt[4] had this to say:

“The marriage of music and film has always been an extremely important part of my storytelling. In rendering the controversial world of medical marijuana as seen through the eyes of both growers and law enforcement, there was no better song to summon woe than “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” Johnny Cash owned it top to bottom in how his version was reverent and mean. Nobody, we thought, could touch it. Nevertheless, we reached out to this kid somebody knew up in northern Ontario who offered to give it a go. By the time Pedro Costa’s opening guitar riff settled down, we knew we were in the hands of a master. It was astronaut music in bedlam. So tight, so mean, so angry and exhilarating. He set the tone. Then came his voice. Seasick and blasphemous, mournful and foreboding, he bit out the lyrics from faraway, his voice tweaked by some digital mastering, an artist’s touch. By the time it was over, he owned it every bit as much as the Man in Black. Pedro is a thief in the night, stealing songs you can’t imagine being done any other way and making them his own.”[5]

–Bill Pruitt, Executive Producer, "Weed Country" Discovery Channel

TV credits[edit]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • The Light (2009)
  • Pie In The Sky (2010)

Albums[edit]

  • Discovery (2011)

Charts[edit]

Song Chart Peak
position
Date
The Light Polish Singles Chart[6] 11 2 May 2009
Can't Get Through Polish Singles Chart[7] 45 13 March 2010

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