Ruppert Blaize – Vocalist
Ruppert Blaize has been in the entertainment business for 50-plus years. He was born on the beautiful Island of Antigua, where one of his first albums was recorded in 1966, “Don’t Pick the Flowers Children.” A master of various genres (Calypso, Reggae, Jazz, and R&B), Ruppert has released several albums “We Caribbean Family” (1967), Homeboy (1968), “Give A Little Love” (1972), Caribbean Classics (1975), Staying Alive (1985), and Perfect Lover (1988) to name a few. Several singles became top 40 hits and concert favorites, such as Perfect Lover, “Nativity,” “Tampa Bay Weekend,” “Mickey,” and “Antigua.” In 2008, while serving as Antigua’s Ambassador of Trade and Commerce, Ruppert was commissioned by Prime Minister Baldwin Spener to write a song commemorating the renaming of the highest mountain, Boggy Peak, to Mount Obama. Ambassador Blaize released the single, “Mount Obama,” which he performed for dignitaries and celebrities such as Academy Award Actress Angela Bassett and Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (CBS Drama- “Without a Trace”). After 30 years of performing in Clearwater Beach, FL, and being dubbed Mr. Clearwater, Ruppert relocated to Austin to be closer to his family. He’s also looking forward to joining the Austin music community.