Local Artiste Urging Young Musicians to Follow Their Dreams

Omalie Durand

One returning Dominican artist is urging young talents to keep focused on their dreams and not get sidetracked, because there is no limit to how far they can reach.

This positive message came from Castle Bruce native Mr. Omalie Durand, who currently lives in the United States while pursuing his musical career.

Mr. Durand says that since his school days at the Castle Bruce Secondary School he always had a passion for music hence the reason for being a musician.

He said although most of his work has been focused around Reggae music after touring with many artistes, he is now branching out to R & B and gospel music which more people can relate to.

Mr. Durand mentioned that one of the hardest times in his life was waking up very early to catch a ride from Castle Bruce to Portsmouth so that he could record music with Producer Cornel Phillip for long hours, which worked out to his advantage and he is grateful for that.

Mr. Durand added that currently he listens to a lot of John Legend and Bruno Mars music in addition to gospel which he gets inspiration from, especially when writing his songs.

The musician pointed out that his first album called “No Apology” has 12 songs and was produced in Dominica alongside Producer Mr. Cornel Phillip.

Mr. Durand mentioned that he is currently working on a project entitled “Rain” which is made up of soft ballads aimed at older folks since many older persons are the ones that actually buy music.

He pointed out when ever his family, fans and friends compliment him on his positive approach in music, it makes him feel so good knowing the struggles he went through to make it in the music industry, which is much more difficult for a Dominican trying to make it on the international market.

The musician reminisces about the most memorable moment in his musical career thus far, which was meeting Brian Mc. Knight.

Mr. Durand added that he is impressed with the improvements of infrastructure that he is seeing in Dominica and would like it to continue.

  • Philo Sophia

    Not only did he meet Brian McKnight, he performed on the same stage as him, Patti Labelle, David Foster, Ruben Studdard, and Charice!!! I saw his performance on Centric television channel. I think that is remarkable and is probably the first Dominican to perform on such a platform? I think this young man should be highly commended and supported by D’cans worldwide.

    Kudos! Omalie Durand to the wurllllllllllllllll!

  • kalvin

    focus and humble brother

  • Samuel John

    Cool duuuuude …humble ..working hard on his dreams and he is really doing well…the world is going to enjoy this brother.he have been on hundreds of gigs and tours Dominica should be proud to call him their own

  • Maria James

    Omalie Durand have always been a hard worker nah… He is pretty famous sad that Dominica don’t follow up on their own…this guy been doing great on the world stages… Touring with celebrities from all walks of life…someone like that we should be very proud of and give a lot more publicity in our own land, well done omalie

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