COLIE BRICE III

(a.k.a. Coleman Robert Brice)



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About Colie Brice: 

Shortly after helping pick out the songs on Bon Jovi's multiplatinum album Slippery When Wet as a teenager in Sayreville, NJ, I started my own band Gemini and opened up for acts like Skid Row, Glen Burtnik, Prophet and many other national acts. Eventually being the lead singer for the legendary Phantom's Opera which released several albums internationally and had many famous players through it's ranks including Alec & Tico from Bon Jovi, Michael Romeo from Symphony X, Karl Cochran from Ace Frehley and Joe Lynn Turner Bands, Dean Fasano from Message, Prophet etc.

I then became an apprentice audio engineer at PolyGram and ended being the chief archivist that dealt with one of the world's largest archives of music recordings ranging from Count Basie to Bon Jovi and everythng in between.  Our catalog included A&M, Capricorn, Decca, Island, Motown, Polydor. I did reissue work there on many GRAMMY winning projects and sitting on the National Academy of Arts & Sciences Technology and Preservation Committee.


Simultaneousy I was investing in my own recording equipment and developing a catalog as a solo artist.. My solo debut New Age Blues was accepted in 15 categories in the NARAS 1997 GRAMMY nomination entry list.


I have recorded over 40 albums of eccentric, eclectic, experimental music intermingled with classic rock, beats, blues and singer/songwriter tracks in a wide variety of genres, some on major labels with big budgets, others recorded at home DIY style on indie labels. Recording highlights range from three elaborately produced albums with Phantom's Opera to hip indie releases such as a dark, mystical live improvisational recording with Lunar Ensemble produced by legendary producer Robet Musso featuring Greg Di Gesu,
 Dave Dreiwitz of Ween and Sim Cain of the Henry Rollins Band, etc. and a seminal Asbury Park underground release by Brian Saint and the Sinners featuring Sarah Tomek (Steven Tyler Band/Loving Mary). 

In my youth, I was persistent in pursuing typical paths towards a professional music career, but after tripping out at a Grateful Dead show, I started pursuing a more personal creative direction I call the "Luna Muse" principle and started branding my own kind of music I call New Age Blues. To that end, in 1997 my solo debut New Age Blues was accepted in the 40th Annual Grammy Nomination Entry List in several categories including Top Instrumental for "17 G (Tribute to Jerry)".

I then moved to Hollywood where I directed marketing and business development activities for Classic Records an audiophile label and helped launch a start up in the new media music arena called TheMusic.com - we featured live broadband streaming, original new music from around the world, celebrity interviews with Cameron Crowe, Nancy Wilson (HEART), Graham Nash of CROSBY STILL NASH and YOUNG/The Hollies) and partnered with The Who on selling live CDs recorded on their 2002 world tour.


I then moved on to become the VP of Marketing and Communications for the legendary Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab where I helped ink deals for new audiophile reissue releases on SACD & vinyl includin Aimee Man's catalog, promoted our catalog and the Ultradisc CD-R, a MFLS lined of branded loudspeakers (OML-1, OML-2) and other products in conjunction with our sister company Music Direct.


In 2003 moved back east to Asbury Park, NJ and launched AERIA Records. I secured major label distribution through Fontana/Universal and developed an eclectic catalog of amazing Jersey Shore based recording artists such as Agency, Brian Amsterdam, Rick Barry, James Dalton, Joe Harvard, Juggling Suns, Last Perfect Thing, Lost In Society, Metamorphisis, St. Christopher & others. The label was the first podsafe label and one of the earliest to develop it's own iphone app. Sadly P2P filesharing was decimating CD sales at that time and the label had little chance to earn revenue from actual consumer media music sales.


I then moved on to help start up ASBURY MEDIA where I have remained as a consultant for a major label for over a decade.

During this time I also played a lot of live gigs throughout the Jersey Shore scene with Geena and Dragster, Luna Muse Ensemble, Colie Brice and the New Age Blues Experience, Captain James and the PAIN, Sheli Arden's Asbury All Stars, Lunar Ensemble, and sat in on countless jams with bands like Turtle Soup, Wakah Chan, Dub Proof, Joe Harvard's Open Mic Nights, and countless others.

Throughout my career I have been recording my own music and performing live in various projects. I now have an independent catalog of 33 solo albums and over 500 published tracks ranging from full fledged songs to experimental soundscapes in a wide variety of genres and style I have come to loosely call New Age Blues.


In 2014 the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, ME in association with the Smithsonian Institute commissioned me to produce and compose a sound sculpture to accompany their Circle of the Four Directions Exhibit honoring the culturing traditions of the Wabanaki nation.

As a stage musician, I have performed at diverse venues ranging from the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, to the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California and many points in between. I have shared the bill with an eclectic variety of notable acts such as Dick Dale, Layonne Holmes (Jon Bon Jovi solo band) Juggling Suns, Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Dick Manitoba (Dictators), Marshall Tucker, Skid Row, Jill Sobule, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and most recently I did an opening gig warming up the crowd for a talk by NYC Mayor de Blasio with my son Elijah!


I am a southpaw, Chamelon, Gemini born under a bad sign on June 3, 1968 in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and currently residing in Eastport, Maine where I remain a very active local musician serving many local community functions and activities such as the Eastport Pirate Festival, The Salmon Festival, The Black Fly Ball and tons of other gigs with local bands such a Breakwater Revival, WTF, The Field Guides, Lunamuse Ensemble, The Crows, Rockweed Ensemble, and currently the Field Stones.

Thank you for visiting this page.  I deeply appreciate your presence here and I sincerely hope you enjoy some of my music..." - Colie Brice
PS - I have just released my 33rd solo album entitled
A Tone Meant



I am also currently attempting to curate what I consider to be some of my best songs and instrumental recordings so that I can more effectively direct folks to the music I sincerely hope will be heard.  In any case, here is a partial playlist that I hope you listen to before I die.."


- Colie Brice SINGER/SONGWRITER/SOUNDSMITH

           
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