Reggie Sears

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Reggie Sears
Reggie Sears 2010.jpg
Reggie Sears in 2010
Born Reginald W. Sears
(1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 23)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States[1]
Nationality American
Other names Reggie "King" Sears [2]
Ethnicity Multiracial
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Religion Christianity
Musical career
Genres Soul, Pop, Neo Soul, R&B, Funk, Psychedelic Soul, Blues, Southern Soul, Jazz, Rock
Occupations Musician, Guitarist, singer, songwriter, Record Producer, Composer, Arranger, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Years active 2002–present
Labels Redd Dawg Records
Associated acts Solomon Burke, Black Zack, Fruteland Jackson, The Soul Generals, David Hudson Jerome Towers, Dust Da Rapper
Website www.reggiesears.com
Notable instruments
Fender Buddy Guy Stratocaster

Reggie Sears is an American recording artist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, and a former child prodigy blues guitarist [4][5][6] known for his tracks "Dirty Dancer", "Dip My Dipper", and "You Betrayed Me."[2]

Early life[edit]

Reggie Sears live onstage with his "godfather" Solomon Burke

Born in 1991 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,[7] Sears is the son of an African-American/Native American mother and a Caucasian father and was raised in a lower-income area in Fort Lauderdale's inner-city.[2]

Sears was inspired to sing & play guitar after receiving a copy of Phil Thornalley's Swamp album at age 4. He asked for a guitar at age 5 and the following Christmas he received one but his interest soon shifted to drums and he began playing drums after his parents bought him a drum set when he was 8. Inspired by the Blues, Soul, Rock and Funk music his parents would play, he got started after his father purchased for him a Lonnie Mack CD[8] and he began taking guitar seriously at age 11 after a cousin turned him onto Jimi Hendrix. At age 12 Reggie asked his dad to take him to an open-mic at a local club and Sears began gaining recognition as a young Blues guitarist. Sears began sitting in with local bands and soon began appearing with revered Blues artists such as legendary Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Blues star Ronnie Baker Brooks (once referring to Sears as a "young Rico Suave"),[4] Blues legend Guitar Shorty, Chris Beard, Ana Popovic, Michael Burks, Fruteland Jackson, Lil' Ed Williams, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush (musician), Inner Circle (band), Henry Gray (musician), John Primer, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Pinetop Perkins and even appeared with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke who dubbed Reggie "the future [of Soul and Blues]" & referred to him as "godson". Within a few months he was playing professionally. [9][10] In early 2004 Sears assembled a band of veteran musicians and he began booking shows at local clubs & festivals on the weekends and developed a loyal fan base and attracted the attention of several independent labels.[9]

Career[edit]

Debut album: Transitions[edit]

Reggie Sears live at age 14

Reggie's national debut album Transitions, a Jazz-Rock influenced collection of classic & obscure Blues covers was released in September 2005.[11] Sears enrolled in virtual school so that he could play music full-time. He began touring in support of “Transitions” which led to appearances at notable venues such as Sarasota Blues Festival in Sarasota, FL;[12] Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa, FL [13] and slowly built his way to headlining or co-headlining appearances at House Of Blues in Orlando, FL,[14] On The Waterfront in Rockford, IL [4] and Cultural Fest in Las Vegas. His 2nd CD “Blues Power” was released in fall of 2006. Looking to expand his musical horizons, Sears taught himself how to play over 20 instruments and learned the technical side of music production.[2]

Southern Soul, Florida Style[edit]

Reggie Sears at age 15 on tour in 2006

In late 2006 Reggie moved to the Southern Soul genre with the release of his 3rd CD “Southern Soul, Florida Style,” a collection of Blues and Southern Soul songs that gained little exposure or radio play despite the lead single “Back That Thang Up” finding its way on some radio playlists and club reports. Sears slowly built a strong fan base in the Southern Soul market by tirelessly touring the south's “Chitlin circuit” of rural juke joints, ghetto bars, and blues festivals. Despite his often suggestive lyrics and racy concert performances which was deemed too explicit for commercial audiences, he became an underground success across the South and audiences, especially female ones, flocked to see Sears in concert.[2] His 4th CD quietly dropped in summer 2007 with the lead single “Dip My Dipper” faring well. In 2007 he served as musical director & lead guitarist for Miami Soul singer David Hudson as well as guitarist/bassist and musical director for The Soul Generals while recording his 5th CD “Sweet Thang” which was shelved in 2009 and remains unreleased. By the end of the year Reggie went on hiatus from music at age 16 after personal problems arose. After a bout of depression & an attempted suicide, he turned his life over to God and began to do shows again, editing the lyrics to many of his songs and considerably cleaning up his stage show.[2] The next few years went by with a few singles and some sporadic tour dates on the Chittlin Circuit. In 2010 Sears won a Soul Patrol “best of” in the Slow Jam category for his digital-single “You Betrayed Me”.[15] In November of that year he released his most successful single to date "Dirty Dancer" in mid-2010 which fared nicely on the Southern Soul charts.[16] That same year Reggie was nominated for Soul Blues Music's "Best New Artist".[17]

Can't Get You Out of My System[edit]

Reggie Sears live

Reggie began to embrace the Neo-Soul and Urban Adult Contemporary R&B sound with the release of the low-profile single "Can't Get You Out of My System" in early 2011. By this time Sears had devoted much of his time to the church. Nothing else was heard from him until early 2012 when he released "With Every Beat of My Heart." [18] Sears continued performing locally and dedicated most of his time to preaching while also doing session work[2] appearing as the featured guitarist on Anakarenn's debut album as well as production work on Black Zack's "Southern Soul Radio" album as well as producing and mentoring local artists. Sears is currently in post-production on a new CD titled "So Many Roads”.[18]

Discography[edit]

  • Transitions (2005)[19]
  • Blues Power (2006)
  • Southern Soul, Florida Style (2006)
  • Get Up On It (2007)
  • Sweet Thang (2009) (unreleased)
  • So Many Roads (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Mellow Down Easy"(2005)
  • "Crosscut Saw" (2005)
  • "I Had My Chance" (2005)
  • "Show Me What You're Working With" (2006)
  • "Back That Thang Up" (2007)
  • "Sweet Thang" (2007)
  • "Dip My Dipper" (2007)
  • "She Made A Freak Out Of Me"(2007)
  • "You Caught Me With My Drawers Off" (2008)
  • "Bounce That Booty"(2009)
  • "Prisoner Of Love"(2009)
  • "I Can't Find A Love"(2009)
  • "Bigg Poppa"(2010)
  • "You Betrayed Me" (2010)
  • "Dirty Dancer" (2010)
  • "Can't Get You Out Of My System"(2011)
  • "With Every Beat Of My Heart" (2012)
  • "My Angel" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reggie "KING" Sears chars with SFTS RADIO 08/05 by SomethingfortheSoul". Blogtalkradio.com. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Reggie Sears". Artist Direct. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Astrotheme". Astrotheme. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Hagerty, Jim (September 12, 2006). "Music Review: OTW Left Bank Stage: True to the blues". Rock River Times. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ BLAIR, PAUL (April 2006). "WATERSIDE JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL IN FORT PIERCE, APRIL 1". Hot House Magazine. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Durante, Joan Brazer. "Greek Music, Belly Dancer Add Energy To Great Food". Sun Sentinel. Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Tatangelo, Wade (January 2, 2008). "Stalling Dawn, Poco, Chubby Checker". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Teen bluesman to hit Rockin' Rib Fest, Waterfront on first tour". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Gordon, Rich. "Reggie Sears". WYHY 95.3 FM. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Piltz, Dave "Doc". "17th Annual Fort Lauderdale Sound Advice Blues Festival". Blues On Stage. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Reggie Sears- Transitions". All Music Guide. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Sanders, Mark (October 26, 2005). "2005 Sarasota Blues Festival". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Upcoming Shows". Skippers Smokehouse. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Goldhaber, Mark (December 12, 2006). "Walt Disney World Park Update". Mouse Planet. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Davis, Bob. "2010 Best Black Music Albums, Tracks & Live Shows (Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)". Soul Patrol. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top 20 21st Century R&B Soul The Reel Soul". Frost Illustrated. March 16, 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Deanna, Dylann. "Blues Critic Awards 2010 READERS POLL Southern Soul Blues". Blues Critic Awards. Soul Blues Music. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "NEW MUSIC: REGGIE SEARS – WITH EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART". This Is R&B. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "15-Year Old Blues Guitarist Reggie Sears Kicks off Stateline Tour". Beetcafe.com. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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