Hailing from the tropical paradise of Belize, recording artist, Nello Player, born Kernelle Nykonie Parks has developed into a respected vocal and musical talent.
When Nello is not performing, he spends a great deal of his time writing and recording music.
His interest in music goes all the way to the tender age of ten. At that time, Nello was highly influenced by both parents who are avid music lovers. Nello nurtured his own unique style, finding musical inspiration in the music of his time. The then sound systems of Jamaica such as Stone Love movements, David Rodigan, Killamanjaro (Ricky Trooper), King Addis (Tony Matterhorn and Baby Face), Bass Odyssey and Jamrock, to name a few, were major influences in Nello Player’s idea of what he wanted for his own music. Legendary reggae artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Bitty Mclean, Alpha Blondy, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Tenor Saw, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, & Black Uhuru, all served as pillars in his musical preference and contributed positively to Nello’s musical make up. While other artists such as Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Junior Demus, Mad Cobra, Ninja Man, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, and Buju Banton has highly influenced his musical style, especially when touching base with his “rude boy” persona. “Whenever I start writing a song and thinking about music, I think about making music like Bob Marley…songs that will live on and stand the test of time. I always think about his positive message in the music and still not overshadowing my at times rude boy side and persona.”
Nello recorded his first song 2005 at Heights of Vibe studio entitled ‘Dream’,a collaboration with Jah Thunda, a reggae artist of David House, home of Reggae dancehall veteran Capleton, in Jamaica. Since then, Nello Player’s music has been playing on radio stations throughout Belize. “I love the idea of music being an avenue of expression…a worldwide acceptance no matter race, color or creed.” I believe that “music if used the right way can be a method of spreading a positive and universal message. That is my primary goal”.
His latest effort (Brain Food,) shows his true talent as a songwriter and producer. Over the years, Nello has spun a wheel of new productions and hit tunes that have further lead to new and ear catching sounds, such as ‘Soul Searching’, ‘The Love of The Father’, and ‘Walk Eena My shoes’ & ‘Lately’ to name a few. Nello has performed at shows throughout Belize, New York Park fest in 2008, and most recently, Evanston, Chicago to the Belizean Public and continues to distribute his music to the radio stations throughout Belize and abroad. Nello Player’s hard work in music has gained him the honor of receiving the coveted award of Belize’s top male vocalist at the Belize music Awards for the past two years, 2010 and 2011; as well as Reggae artist of the year for 2011 as well as Best Dancehall artist. Apart from these Belize Music awards, Nello has captured the National song competition first place honors for 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively. What an achievement. Presently Nello Player is working on an Album that promises to change the shape f Belizean Urban music..
He continues to develop beats and writes music that targets social consciousness and touches the hearts of listeners. Nello Player knows what he wants from his music and is determined to achieve his dreams and aspirations.