Bertie Higgins was born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and while still in his teens, Bertie met and became a protégé of the actor/directors, Richard Boone and his friend, Burt Reynolds who saw Bertie's writing potential and tutored him in screen writing. His screen writing career would have to wait, however, as he diverted his creative abilities toward the music business. Bertie had been working on a song and that song became KEY LARGO. After being released on the CBS/SONY label, it blew a hole in the U.S. charts and when it reached number one in the nation, the world took notice and it became an international evergreen. Other hit singles followed like JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE and CASABLANCA. Casablanca became song of the year in all of the Pacific Rim countries and when the CD reached multi platinum status, Bertie became an international recording star literally overnight. He has appeared on all the major network talk and variety shows, was featured as an actor in THE GUIDING LIGHT as well as THE ABC MYSTERY MOVIE OF THE WEEK and starred in the feature film, OUT OF HAND. He recently performed in 2012 with Michael Bolton during international and Chinese New Years on two television shows from Beijing. The performances were viewed by and audience of three billion people worldwide.
Bertie opened an office in Burbank, California in 2004 to pursue his love of filmmaking and to work with his son, Julian Higgins, who was a film student majoring in film direction. After writing several screenplays he decided to form a production company with Julian and they began producing their own projects. The first film was entitled BEAST BENEATH and was recently released by LION'S GATE in early 2012. The next film was entitled, POKER RUN. Bertie co-wrote the script, produced, took a role in and supervised the music in the film. It is being distributed domestically and internationally. The current project is now completed and is entitled, THE COLOMBIAN CONNECTION, starring Tom Sizemore. These are the first of many projects forthcoming from Cayo Largo Productions and the company looks forward to a bright future. Bertie has just completed his eleventh CD entitled, “YEAR OF THE DRAGON” and it is due out in 2012.
Bertie Higgins continues to tour world wide with his incredible band, “THE BAND OF PIRATES” and look for them in your area soon.
To be certain, it will always be just another day in paradise for Bertie Higgins and he'll be waiting for you under the next palm tree for years to come. This pirate and poet continues to write and sing about turquoise lagoons, golden sands and islands in the sun in a style he affectionately refers to as “Trop Rock”.
Learn more about Bertie Higgins at www.bertiehiggins.com or enter his name in the Youtube.com search engine.