Fresh from his time in the United States performing at iconic venues such at The Bitter End in New York City and The Troubadour in Los Angeles, Connell Cruise has returned to South Africa to continue his meteoric rise in the music industry.
His debut hit “Not Just Friends” took South African radio stations by storm and garnered him three SAMA nominations. He has since topped the charts throughout the country with 12 hit radio singles. The release of his highly anticipated EP “Into the Wild” introduced him to the international music scene and created a worldwide social media buzz.
Connell’s unique sound and established success – coupled with his determination and relentless work ethic – grabbed the attention of none other than music industry titan, L.A. Reid. Connell’s deal with Epic Records and Island Records in 2015 is considered the largest and most significant record deal in South African music history.
Connell has toured across the United States with the fan-favorite band SafetySuit, has performed to thousands from the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo and Firefly, and has shared the stage with a vast range of musical legends, such as Harry Bellefonte, Adam Lambert, the Fray, and the American Authors.
Connell’s skill as a songwriter has earned him the opportunity to collaborate with a long list of international hit-makers; Ido Zmishlany, Scott Harris, Daniel Kyriakides, John Ryan, and Teddy Geiger to name but a few. Connell has enjoyed tremendous success as a songwriter; with his prolific body of work spanning three albums, two EPs and a roll call of co-written singles released by fellow artists. American audiences will have heard Connell’s latest US release “Endless Possibilities” in the recent Pepsi and Quaker Oats commercials airing across the nation.
South African fans can look forward to the release of Connell Cruise’s fourth studio album in 2017! Radio stations countrywide have been spinning the lead singles, “Congratulations” and “All Day”, non-stop in keen anticipation of the upcoming album.
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