Pianist / Composer / Songwriter / Arranger / Producer, Thunder Dome Sounds Studio, Toronto, ON. Born: Grenada.
Since his move from Grenada to Canada in 1980, Juno award-winning producer, Eddie Bullen has worked with major Canadian, Caribbean and American artists like jazz singer Ansem Douglas, Byron Lee, David Rudder, Liberty Silver, FeFe Dobson, Deborah Cox, SWV, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He also composes and arranges for Citytv, YTV, and Wine TV Australia.
As the creative force behind Thunder Dome Sounds, Eddie has collaborated with many successful artists, including, Demo Cates, Rob Christian, Oleta Adams, Alex Walker, Aadin Church, George Banton, Joy Laps, Nicholas Brancker, Washington Savage, Arturo Tappin, Ed-Ian Cartel, Ian Wiltshire, Kitorah, Raf Robertson, Solitudes/Summerset Entertainment, Shaune Ann Fuez, Glenn Lewis, Freddy Will, Jackie Richardson, Jessica Amaro, and many others.
To date, Eddie has produced over 150 albums and is currently working on several new ventures through his record company, Thunder Dome Sounds, and publishing company, QDB music. He is always on the lookout for cutting-edge and innovative new artists.
Through Thunder Dome Sounds, Eddie fulfills his passion for nurturing young talent through a high school co-op program he launched in 1986. Experiences like this keep him growing artistically and personally.
Other: Musical Director, annual Harry Jerome Awards (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011); Artistic Director, International Performing Arts for All (IPAFA), an international group of artists, olympians, paralympians and producers dedicated to actualizing the potential of the arts to affect positive change in the global village (2008). The tour, which was initially designed by the IPAFA committee to build a bridge between the Olympics and the Paralympics, featured internationally renowned artists like, Sheila E., Justin Hines, C.O.E.D., Tony Debois, and celebrated pianist, Oliver Jones. Musical director for five consecutive years for the Golden Soul Classic Show which starred, among other notables, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, The Platters and Solomon Burke; musical director, EPP Production, Celebrate for the Athens Para Olympians; Artistic Director, Toronto’s annual Uptown Jazz Festival (2004 & 205); arranged the theme song for the Canadian Gala at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Honours: Juno Award for Liberty Silver’s hit singles, “Lost Somewhere Inside Your Love” and “Show Me The Way To Love”; Grammy nominee, Best Spoken Word Album for Children with Freddy Will (2011); nominated, Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010); nominee, Smooth Jazz Group of the Year with NEWA (2005) and Kush (2006); nominee, Smooth Jazz Songwriter of the Year, Liberty Silver’s “Show Me the Way With Love” (2005); nominee, National Jazz Award for Jazz Group of the Year (2005); nominee, UMAC Best Jazz Album, De Organ Grinders (2005).
Favourite book? The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
Favourite quote? “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Own a high-end restaurant.
Who inspires you? Nelson Mandela. Knowing that he spent 27 years in prison, and has forgiven those who put him there. That’s a special person…
Why do you what you do? Because of the passion, love and the internal peace that I get from it. Also, the happiness that my music brings to people everywhere.