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Andru Branch
Birth name Andrew Reginald Arnold Branch
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres reggae, world
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments keyboard, percussion
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts Andru Branch & Halfway Tree
Website www.halfwaytree.ca

Andru Reginald Arnold Branch (born June 27, 1968, Sackville, New Brunswick) is a Canadian reggae musician, singer-songwriter and leader of the reggae band “Andru Branch & Halfway Tree”.

Carear[edit]

Andru Branch was nominated for a Canadian JUNO music award (Best Reggae Recording) in 2000 for his debut album titled “What If I Told You” recorded at Kingston Muzik Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. The album was distributed with modified artwork in Europe and the United States by Tabou 1 Records and features Earl “Chinna” Smith and members of Bob Marley’s backup band “The Wailers”; Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Tyrone Downie, and Alvin “Seeco” Patterson.


His second album "The Only Constant" was released in January 2008 and features Squidly Cole and Chris Meredith of Ziggy Marley's band along with Alvin “Seeco” Patterson from The Wailers. "The Only Constant is straight-up roots-reggae, brimming with lush horns, placid backbeats and spiritual proclamations".[1] It's title was taken from a popular saying ("the only constant in life is change") favoured by Andru's late mother.[2] The album was recorded at Kingston Muzik Studio in Jamaica, Victory Drive Studio in Toronto, Ontario and was mixed and mastered at Common Ground Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Andru’s traditional roots-reggae style is wide-ranging, varying from African high-life to suggestions of country influence and has been described by Exclaim! Magazine as “some of the rootsiest bottom-heavy music ever to come out of the Great White North”.[3] He performed at Jamaica’s 1998 Reggae Sunsplash Festival [2][4] and as a percussionist, has backed musicians Brinsley Forde, Gregory Isaacs, Glen Washington, Vybz Kartel and Sean Paul.


Studio One’s original "Soul Vendors" bassist Brian “Bassie” Atkinson joined Andru Branch & Halfway Tree in 2002 and the band is currently making new reggae music.[5]


Andru developed a profound love for reggae music while growing up in multicultural Toronto, Ontario and was mentored by Tony "Raffa" White and Bernie Pitters before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2000.[1] Andru Branch graduated from Lawrence Park Collegiate and received a Sound & Music Recording Diploma from Recording Arts Canada.


Discography[edit]

Albums:[edit]

  • Andru Branch; What If I Told You (1998)
  • Andru Branch; The Only Constant (2008)

Appears On:[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aikins, Matthieu (2008), "Andru Branch's New Album, The Only Constant", The Coast, Halifax, NS (published January 24, 2008), retrieved August 23, 2008 
  2. ^ a b MacIntyre, Genevieve (2008), "Reggae Inventor Reclaims Music", The Daily News, Halifax, NS (published January 24, 2008) 
  3. ^ Hagerman, Brent (2008), "The Only Constant CD Review", Exclaim! Magazine, Toronto, Ont (published May 2008), p. 38, retrieved August 25, 2008 
  4. ^ "Andru Branch's Reggae Connections", The Sunday Herald, Kingston, Jamaica (published March 15, 1998), 1998  External link in |periodical= (help)
  5. ^ Robinson, Andrew (2008), "Reggae Musician Strums World Rhythm" (PDF), The Halifax Commoner (published February 8, 2008), 10 (9), p. 1, retrieved August 25, 2008 

External Links[edit]

Official Website: www.halfwaytree.ca