Musician / Producer / Singer / Songwriter / Artist
Louisiana born painter & musician, Tony DuPuis, is a very unique artist. He began playing drums at 3 years of age and has continued to expand his musical horizons from keyboards, guitar, drums, percussion, voice, writing, arranging, and producing many styles and genres of music.
In 1982, he recorded his first solo album “Night Visions” with his jazz group Infinity. “Night Visions” had radio airplay from coast to coast. In 1985 he released his second major album “Heading West”. Tony worked with the award winning Felton Pilate of Kon Funk Shun on the radio hit “Takin’n to the Streets Gonna Have a Party”. This album received national airplay resulting in tours and concerts with major artists such as Spyro Gyra, Roy Ayers, and many more.
In 1986, Louisiana-based KRVS Radio awarded Tony “Jazz Artist of the Year” and the Rusty Mayne Jazz Award. That same year, Tony also won the National Drum Set Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Tony has worked with so many Louisiana artists and musicians over the past several decades such as sax player Emile Hall(with Urma Thomas), Bill Churchville (Trumpet Clinician, LA studio player, lead trumpet with Tower of Power, and BS&T), professional pianist Bob Patin.
Tony has worked with famed Memphis pop artist and producer, Kevin Paige, Texas music artist Ravyn Dixon, and many others.
In 1995, Tony co-wrote and co-produced a world music CD called “Rainforest Magic” with musicians James Ranka and Terry Dominque. This album also received much national radio airplay and was featured in a DuPont Corporation film. 1999 was a big year for Tony in music, releasing two CDs: “Trilogy”(with Rocky IV music co-producer Ed Fruge’), and a solo Christmas CD entitled “Christmas Time”(featured on Good Morning New York). Both received airplay rotation at over 300 stations in four countries, resulting in numerous radio and television appearances, as well as concerts. “Christmas Time” is still played each year on many Louisiana radio stations every holiday season !!!
The years 2003-2005 were monumental for Tony. During this period, he nationally released 3 new CDs. “Prayers For The World” is a world music single. Spiritual in nature, “Prayers” was written at the beginning of the Iraq war, layering Prayers for Peace in 7 languages representing some 16 cultures musically. “The Awakening” is a solo piano collection written by Tony. Each song is very peaceful and reflective.
In the Summer of 2005, Tony released “Places in Our Hearts”. It was a benchmark CD because he wrote, arranged, produced, sang and played most every instrument on it. The CD was 11 months in the making. “Places” runs the genre gamut from jazzy, bluesy, to “down home.” It is smooth, sophisticated, adult contemporary music.
Tony has also emerged as a very “different” artist with his unique paintings. Acrylics on canvas is his choice of medium. The paint is blown onto the canvas with various tubes, poured, sprayed or any number of unorthodox methods. Whether at art shows or in reviews, Tony is wowing art lovers internationally with his “no brush technique, very eclectic style, and unique choice of subjects.
Boulder Creek Artists
Art the Dude
Black Market III
Frankie Justin Lamprey
Matthew Ray Gatch
Teddy Gentry & Charles English