GRAMMY Award-Winning Song Writer and Black Canadian Award winner
Anslem Douglas was born July 23rd and raised in a small village in southern Trinidad. He was exposed to music when he was very young and credits his exposure to community center folk music performances as the root of his musical journey. This, coupled with the influences of his older sister sharing her talent as a young ambitious poet, served as the inspiration and foundation for the development of his natural musical talent. Anslem’s vocal talent really flourished while singing at his local Pentecostal Church, and at 16 he and a few friends in the church formed a band called “Exodus”, which quickly became very popular and gave Anslem his first real taste of spotlight and stardom.
Anslem went on to enlist in the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard for six years. During this time he was able to continue to hone his vocal talent while performing with the Coast Guard band. Considering the diverse list of his musical influences which include local greats like Blakie and the Lord Kitchener, and international superstars like Peabo Bryson and James Ingram, it’s no surprise while with this band he performed various genres of music.
His calling to a bigger stage and brighter lights led him to Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca and Calypso music. It didn’t take long to establish himself and be recognized as a true artist of exceptional talent, performing with some of the biggest bands out of Trinidad like Fire Flight and Atlantic where larger audiences enjoyed his unique, husky yet sultry sound. During this time, he delivered some mega hits like Ragga Poom Poom, Good Music to Dance, and his international acclaimed hit, Who Let the Dogs Out which went on to win a Grammy and is arguably one of the most popular songs ever written and recorded. Anslem has taken us through a gamut of human experiences from Friend off the Soul Island album and Ooh Aah, the smooth jazz hit written by Anslem off the same record, to the social outrage of Abuse featured on his Sir Anslem Douglas album.
In 2013 Anslem released power Soca song Bacchanal along with a Neo-Calypso song Dancing with You, as well as recording I Want To Know. 2014 brought the release of Boom and Broughtrupcy, and a smooth Reggae track It Wasn’t You. Anslem accolades continued when he won the Best Caribbean Style Artist at the 2014 Black Canadian Awards.
Anslem has continued performing, recording and writing songs and music even while focusing on pursuits closer to home for the past couple of years, including creating and writing his first children’s book, The Adventures of Spin & Scratch-The Relocation, to be released through AuthorHouse in 2019. He recorded Irie Tonight in 2018 and Make It Clap early 2019. He just released his newest written and recorded song Back It Up for Carnival 2019. He’s also written and recorded a new 2019 song, Break That Cycle, in support of his global platform to heighten awareness of the need to break the cycle of abuse.
Music has always been at the core of this Trinidad-born Canadian and accolades that he has received are evidence Anslem’s made an indelible mark on life’s musical canvas. The intensity and passion this artist has for his craft continues to flourish as he showcases his God given talent to audiences worldwide.