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New album "A Season In Hell" and accompanying tour in 2019. Watch this space.

At the age of 12 he was dubbed “The Future” by legendary Hall of Famer Solomon Burke, called a “genius” by Latin music star Raul Sanchez,
a "great talent" by Roland Orzabal (lead singer of Tears For Fears), an “amazing musician” by superstar rapper Isaiah Rashad, “a beast” by legendary Hip-Hop artist R.A. The Rugged Man,
“a very talented musician” by superstar actor Steven Seagal, referred to as the “young Rico Suave” by Blues star Ronnie Baker- Brooks, and even receiving praise from 7-time Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Sky Keeton, who called him “a dynamic artist/musician with a voice of pure Soul” all referring to former child-prodigy Blues guitarist turned musical wunderkind, American recording artistvocalistmulti-instrumentalist musician & record producer REGGIE SEARS.

 

Now, at age 27, Sears is a 15 year veteran of the music industry who began his professional music career at age 12 and dubbed by media, fans and music industry veterans as a “child prodigy." 15 years, 5 albums, 3 Top 10 radio hits, multiple awards and multiple tours later, Sears has indeed paid his dues and has comfortably made the transition from child star to young veteran. Sears, who is in the mist of finishing his 6th full-length “A Season In Hell”  is an artist who has both youth and experience, bridging multiple styles, genres and generations as he forges his own musical path as an Alternative R&B and Blues artist.

Creative Loafing’ described his sound as “kind of neo-traditional, tackling old favorites with a distinctly upbeat, contemporary feel.”

Honing his skills and sound by touring non-stop as both a sideman and a headliner, jamming with some of the greatest guitarists of all time, Sears was taught and mentored by the legendary hall-of-fame guitarist Hubert Sumlin at age 12 and appeared alongside revered artists such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Grammy-award winner Delbert McClinton, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Temptations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke, Lifetime achievement awardee Pinetop Perkins, G. Love & Special Sauce, Guitar ShortyRonnie Baker Brooks, Ana PopovicMichael Burks, Marvin Sease, Jellybean Johnson, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Inner Circle, Shemekia Copeland, Henry Gray, Sean Costello, The Love Doctor, Bob Margolin, John Primer, Keith Sweat, Jimmie Bo Horne, Jason Ricci and a host of others

Born in April 1991 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and grew up in a South Florida ghetto in Ft. Lauderdale's inner city. The son of an African-American/Native American mother and a Caucasian father, Reggie is an example of the melting pot of culture that is South Florida. At the age of 4 he received a cassette tape of Phil Thornalley’s “Swamp” album from his grandmother and immediately fell in love with music. During his primary school years he absorbed the hit songs of the day but as Sears began to dive into his parents record collection, he got his first taste of Classic Soul, Classic Rock, Funk and Blues. By age 8 he became a Blues junkie. Buddy Guy, Lonnie Mack, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lightning Hopkins were his initial inspirations but at age 11 after receiving a Jimi Hendrix cd as a gift from a cousin he began taking guitar seriously. Instead of becoming a product of the streets, Reggie's love for music kept him out of trouble and he was dedicating up to 8 or 9 hours every day practicing guitar, often neglecting school work. At age 12 Reggie asked his dad to take him to an open-mic at a local music venue and he started receiving invites to sit-in and jam with local bands. Within a few months he was playing professionally. His love for music combined with his love of learning fused together and had Sears on the path of learning anything musical.

After encouragement from Blues stars such as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Sean Costello, Carey Bell, Bobby Rush, Deborah Coleman and Hubert Sumlin, Sears pursued a career in music. In early 2004 Sears assembled a band of veteran musicians and he began booking shows at local clubs & festivals on the weekends, developing a loyal fan base and by that summer, he was working the Blues circuit practically every night. Sears began building his name and attracted the attention of several labels.
Reggie's national debut album Transitions, a Jazz-Rock influenced collection of classic & obscure Blues covers was released in September 2005. During this time Sears enrolled in online school and began to tour nationally in support of “Transitions” which lead to headlining and co-headlining many notable venues and Blues festivals. His 2nd album “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 his way around the recording studio- from the control room to producing.

In late 2006 Reggie moved to the Southern Soul genre with the regional release of his 3rd album “Southern Soul, Florida Style”, a collection of Blues and Southern Soul songs that gained some exposure and radio play, with the album’s main single “Back That Thang Up” making its way onto radio playlists and club reports. Sears slowly built a fan base in the Southern Soul market by relentlessly touring to South's so-called “Chittlin Circuit” of rural juke joints, ghetto bars, and blues festivals and, his often suggestive lyrics and racy concert performances became an underground success across the South and audiences -- especially female ones -- flocked to see Sears in concert.
His 4th album quietly dropped regionally in summer 2007 with little promotion and limited exposure, but the lead single “Dip My Dipper” fared well on the radio charts internationally, hitting the #1 spot for radio play. While not on the road promoting his music, Sears served as opening act, musical director & lead guitarist for legendary Soul singer David Hudson as well as guitarist/bassist and musical director for James Brown’s band The Soul Generals as well as musical director for Blues legend Betty Padgett and played guitar for Bobby Stringer, lead singer of the International Platters, while recording material for his 5th album “Sweet Thang”.

Despite his success, the pitfalls and pressures of being a teenager in the music industry became too much and Sears was getting burned-out and, after a series of personal problems struck, Reggie went on hiatus from music in late 2007 at age 16, choosing to remain out of the spotlight. He barricaded himself in the studio and focusing mostly on production and songwriting and accepting very few live performance dates as a solo artist, he continued to hone his live skills as a guitarist and opening act for R&B star Fred Bolton and backing Blues legend The Love Doctor as a guitarist.

His 2009 single “You Caught Me with My Drawers Off” was a dance-floor favorite and a top-10 radio hit down south, hitting #1 in Alabama for airplay while his follow-up single “Bounce That Booty” hit the top-20 club-play reports and receiving massive airplay in Australia. His 5th album “Sweet Thang” was shelved in 2009 and remains unreleased. The next few years went by with a few singles and some sporadic tour dates on the Chittlin Circuit.


After struggling with then-undiagnosed bipolar disorder, Sears turned his life over to God and with support and encouragement from his fans and artists alike, he began touring again, albeit editing the lyrics to most of his songs and cleaning up his stage show considerably. In November of 2010 year he released his most successful single to date "Dirty Dancer", which topped the Southern Soul charts. That same year Reggie was nominated for Soul Blues Music's "Best New Artist".

In 2011 Sears won a Soul Patrol award for "best Southern Soul vocalist" and a Soul Patrol “best of” award in the Slow Jam category for his 2010 digital-single “You Betrayed Me.”
Sears retreated back to the studio, embracing the Neo-Soul and Adult Contemporary R&B sound and released the low-profile single "Can't Get You Out of My System" in early 2011 which received spins on UAC radio stations. That same year, he co-wrote and produced 2 songs Black Zack's "Southern Soul Radio”, which earned Zack a nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2011 by Soul Blues Music. In 2012 Sears released the single “With Every Beat Of My Heart”, a Soul ballad that received radio play on Blues and Soul radio formatted-stations, becoming a favorite at ThisisRnB.com and is an often-requested song at live shows.

After “With Every Beat Of My Heart”, Sears dedicated most of his time to church, preaching and mentoring both up-and-coming artists.
He continued to perform one-off gigs as a headliner and in 2014 he was asked to join Blowfly’s convoy as a touring bassist as well as playing guitar and keyboard for the Rap pioneer and Soul legend in the studio, appearing on his final album “77 Rusty Trombones”.

He also did session work for a plethora of artists including Rap superstar Isaiah Rashad, underground Hip-Hop legend R.A. The Rugged Man, West-coast Rapper Glasses Malone, Hip-Hop legend Kurupt and Anakarenn's acclaimed debut album as well as producing and mentoring up-coming artists.
In 2015 he worked with Soul singer Timmy Thomas, singer of the 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together” for a brief comeback EP and tour, as a multi-instrumentalist and opening act.
In 2016 he toured as opening act for international Blues artist Rockin’ Jake, also serving as his guitarist and musical director, reintroducing him to Blues world.
Reinvigorated, the relentless perfectionist workaholic retreated back to the studio, equally influenced by the Blues and Jazz of his early career, the Retro Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Funk and Psychedelic Soul of the 1970s and the Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop and Pop sound of the 2010s, Sears began experimenting with multiple genres and styles and started work on a new project titled "A Season In Hell", slated for released in 2019, his first full-length release in 12 years.
To promote the album, Sears is embarking on a national tour after a 8 year touring hiatus.



 

Reggie Sears is so young to be the great musician he is... Never have I met such a dynamic artist/musician... He's hell on the guitar with a voice of pure soul. I'm extremely hard to impress... But I must admit I'm an instant fan of this kid.”
--Sky Keeton, 7-time Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer

 

“I've followed Reggie's career with interest for years. He's a consummate musician with such natural talents. Put me down as a big fan!"
-- Phil Thornalley, Award-winning Songwriter, Record Producer, Musician (The Cure, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs, Johnny Hates Jazz)

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“In my humble opinion Reggie Sears is one of the outstanding young artists we have today in Black music.”-
Bob Davis CEO of Soul Patrol www.soul-patrol.com

 

​"Reggie is a great talent. I'm awaiting his new album and seeing his progression as an artist."
--Roland Orzabal, lead singer/leader of legendary multi-platinum Rock/Pop duo Tears For Fears

“As a guitar player I wish I could play the mistakes Reggie makes. He is a great guitarist.”- Noodles, lead guitarist for multi-platinum Rock band The Offspring


"Reggie Sears is the future. I dub him the godson of Rock'n'Soul. If my prayers are answered, I will see Reggie Sears be a big star."
-- Solomon Burke, Grammy award winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inductee

“My, oh my, that boy can play! Oh Lord, and what Soul he has!”- Hubert Sumlin Legendary guitarist (Howlin' Wolf)

 

“Reggie Sears is a bad bad bad motherf***er! He came on, plugged in and literally blew a hole through the roof! What a gifted player”-G. Love of G. Love and Special Sauce
 

"Reggie Sears is maybe the best and most soulful guitar player in the world."- Son Little, Grammy-award winning recording artist and producer
 

"Reggie Sears is a very talented musician. I look forward to hearing his music for many, many years to come.”- Steven Seagal
 

"Reggie Sears is a monster, incredible guitarist. He's scary! He'll mutilate you with those strings!"- R.A. The Rugged Man, Hip Hop Legend
 

​"Reggie Sears is an amazing musician"- Rap superstar Isaiah Rashad

"He be playing some dope sh*t."- Kurupt, Legendary Rapper and Actor
 

"My boy Reggie Sears is delivering some truly powerful stuff, good on ya, my brother. Bravo!”-
Kevin Martin lead singer of multi-platinum Rock band Candlebox

“Reggie is an incredible Soul singer!"- M.C. Zulu

“…young Reggie held his own with some of the best Blues guitarists in the world leaving many musicians and members of the audience speechless at the raw talent exhibited by the young man.”- Blues on Stage

“…obviously an old soul, as he delivers a raw, heart-wrenching vocal over his soulful, old school instrumentation.”- Thisisrnb.com

 “He possesses a feel and passion for the music that cannot be faked; it is coming from the heart and soul."- Larry Lisk, Suncoast Blues
 

“Reggie Sears’ deep-rooted Blues playing and singing gives a much needed young face and approach to an American original art form, R&B."-
Ricky Fante, Award-winning recording artist

 “Reggie Sears is one of the most naturally gifted guitarists alive today. He plays as if he's been here before.”-

Michael Sterling, award winning singer/songwriter, musician, record producer and engineer (Inner Circle, 2 Live Crew, Ying Yang Twins, Lil' Jon)

 

​"Reggie Sears is the real deal! He started paying his dues at a young age and has learned to play guitar from and alongside the masters of Blues and R&B. When Reggie performs, he knows what he's talking about!"- Rockin' Jake, international recording artist


 “Reggie Sears is a great guitarist and singer. He’s a real Soul man.”- Joey Gilmore, Legendary Blues artist

“Reggie Sears is a phenomenal artist and musician that's on the rise. A wonderful voice that matches his heart. That young man... he's got a kind soul."- International Blues artist Joel DaSilva

"A genius!”- award-winning Latin music star Raul Sanchez

“Reggie is a powerful player"- Bob Margolin, legendary guitarist and former guitarist for Muddy Waters

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Contacts

Tour representation:
United States:        Pinnacle Booking
                               310-879-1715
                               mackadociousent@gmail.com

The Netherlands:   PICA Netherlands
                              
www.picanetherlands.com

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