Arlen is an Antiguan singer-songwriter whose easy-as-molasses vocals charm the listener with a disarming sense of familiarity. It’s not the familiarity of a lyric heard before but of the stranger, sitting beside you in a bar, whom you feel like you’ve known all your life. His nostalgic style of storytelling through song owes a lot to his West Indian heritage of Calypso and folk tales as well as the influences of eclectic artists including Damien Rice, the Mighty Sparrow, John Legend, Coldplay and the Cinematic Orchestra.
Although Arlen graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a degree in Biology, he studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Melvin Foster every semester of his tenure there. He spent as much time in practice rooms as he did in the laboratory, using music as a means of negotiating the world around him and as a tool for introspection.
In 2018, after having completed his course of study in Medicine at the American University of Antigua, Arlen decided to forego medical practice to pursue his dream of a full-time career in music. Now, he has finally found the gumption to share his music with the rest of the world!
He has collaborated with York on York’s 2016 Traveler album and released ‘Christmas by my Side’, a dynamic duet sung with fellow Antiguan singer Jenny Medina in 2016. He co-founded the band Blakk Gold with friends Hani Hechme and Venisa Gittens in 2018 and through that, has had the opportunity to open for major acts such as Marcia Griffith and Buju Banton, performing original but unrecorded content. He now continues to hone his performance craft as the lead singer of the band Rico & Muzic4Play under the expert guidance of premier Antiguan drummer and band leader, Ricardo Anthony.
Arlen is currently working on his EP album and is committed to creating honest pieces, inspired by real life, and to giving himself, through his music, to those who would but listen. His first single Queen Supreme is a collaboration with indomitable New York City producer David Sisko and was released everywhere on December 6th, 2020.
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