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Arthur "Buddy" Strong
Gear:Nord Stage 2
Arthur “Buddy” Strong was born in Phoenix, Arizona with an ear for music developing at a young age. Being surrounded in a musical environment helped cultivate his natural-born talent. At the tender age of 9, he was already serving as a primary musician and impressively playing the drums and organ at his father’s church.
In the year 2000, opportunity came knocking in a big way for Buddy. He was invited to join Grammy award winning, multi-platinum artist Usher for his worldwide “8701” tour. The invitation was greatly received and he continued to take off around the world, lend his sound and grow his artistic portfolio. In 2004, he joined forces with Usher again, this time earning production credits on the hit album Confessions.
Buddy has been on the road with Usher for his 2014-2015 “UR Experience World Tour” and Ariana Grande for her 2016-2017 “Dangerous Woman World Tour”. He also played for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay at the “One Love Manchester” Benefit Concert. Strong has recently worked with Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello on the Billboard Women in Music Awards Show.
While his influence ranges from Herbie Hancock to Jay-Z, Buddy Strong is a true musician with a greatly diverse and incomparable sound. Describing his self as “positive”, “focused” and a “motivator”, his true passion is to change the world through music.