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Nero Arcus makes strides in the US - Movie soundtrack among the deal

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:00 AM

It's a big deal when a Jamaican lands a contract to record songs for a movie sound track in the competitive industry in the United States.

For reggae artiste, Nero Arcus (real name Andrew Brown), who originated from Montego Bay, St James, the opportunity represents a good start to what he hopes will be a great 2016.

While he was not able to divulge details of the arrangement, Arcus says the movie will be released later this year and if all goes well, it should mean working with the team on four more movies.

For the project, Arcus is teaming up with Peter Johnson, who co-wrote the disco classic, Turn The Beat Around, a gold-selling record for Vicki Sue Robinson in 1976. The song was later covered by Laura Brannigan in 1990 and then by Gloria Estefan in 1994 and was included on the soundtrack for the movie, The Specialist, starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.

In the meantime, the artiste is preparing to shoot videos for his latest tracks, Money Gun, High Grade and Tattoo Clap - all three videos slated for completion between February and March.

Arcus' 2010 track, She Knows It, and accompanying video, (by Galavia Entertainment) marked his arrival on the musical scene and the beginning of what promises to be a successful career for the artiste.

Now based in New Jersey, he released College Girls in 2013 before the X-rated Tattoo Clap brought him more attention in 2015. Last year, Arcus also did a remix of Justin Bieber's, Sorry.

Although considered primarily a reggae artiste, Arcus has demonstrated his versatility and has incorporated elements of other genres in his music, especially pop and R&B.

In fact, Arcus revealed that he is recording some pop songs to be distributed through Macy's chain of department stores.

In the meantime, his hard work has given him the opportunity to work with American rapper and actor, Anthony Criss, better known as Treach, lead rapper from hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. Arcus is expected to open for Treach in an upcoming performance.

Arcus continues his push towards stardom and is receiving support through airplay in New Jersey on stations including Roadblock, Seton Hall College, Elite, Street 96, and Caribbean Zone.

He remains positive and expects his career to reach the desired heights in due course.

"Persistence and perseverance are key, and I am dedicated to what I do, so I know I will make it," Arcus told Entertainment Avenue from his base in New Jersey.