July 16, 2010

HOME BOY: Waterville native
signs with Diddy, shoots video locally

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- Jeremy Greene steps out of his metallic gray Maserati wearing dark sunglasses and a heavy, diamond-studded necklace.

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Waterville native Jeremy Greene, a singer and songwriter, leans on his Maserati on Wednesday outside the Hathaway Creative Center. Greene is making his first video for MTV and plans to film at the center, in Augusta and coastal sites in Maine.

Staff photo by David Leaming

The singer-songwriter has just pulled up to the Hathaway Creative Center, where he plans to film his first video this weekend.

"The whole concept of it is very much like the movie 'Ghost,'" Greene said. "Me and my girlfriend get into an argument, I leave in an old car, get into an accident and die, and six months later, she starts feeling my presence. I'm like a ghost, being very stalker-ish in the video."

Greene grew up in the South End, near the Hathaway center.

His necklace bears the insignia "Bad Boys Entertainment," the label under which the video will be made. Bad Boy is owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs, formerly known as "Puff Daddy" and "P. Diddy."

He has been working on an album, currently untitled.

"Puff made an offer I couldn't refuse," Greene said. "He really understood me as an artist. He got my vision and he let me do my whole album myself. He pretty much kidnapped me and took me home and I lived there for, like, three weeks until the deal was done."

A crew of about 30 people will come to Waterville from New York and Boston to shoot the video for Greene's song "Fire Proof."

Dale "Rage" Resteghini, owner of Raging Nation Films, based in New Jersey, is shooting the video at Hathaway this weekend, at a mansion in Augusta and at Portland Head Light, among other locations.

"It's going to be based loosely on something like 'The Sixth Sense,' and it will have a surprise ending," Resteghini said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "Jeremy's character is going to be a character that is full of torment and passion over the woman he loves."

Resteghini said the video will be released in four or five weeks. It will be shown on MTV, VH1 and BET, among other venues.

"Jeremy is probably one of the most authentic new artists that I've come across in my time doing this," he said. "He's got a real sense of self, a real sense of his talents and a street sense as well to help navigate the murky waters of show business. Jeremy made it on his own, so I respect that."

Resteghini has worked with artists such as Diddy, Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Jim Jones and Ice Cube.

Greene and his assistant, Chris Dawes, perused the first floor of the Hathaway Center Wednesday, chatting with Maynard's Chocolates owners Wanda and Charlie Theobald and tasting their homemade lobster ice cream for the first time.

Greene was so taken with the flavor that he had Dawes film him with the Theobalds for his online blog.

"Delicious; wow, this is great," Greene said. "You should get the Food Network in here. They will come for this kind of thing. The minute that happens, watch. People come from all over the world for this kind of stuff."

Greene, who lives in Los Angeles, New York and in Oakland, Maine, said he vowed to make his video in Waterville, where he grew up. He also wants to promote Waterville and the Hathaway Center.

He spoke with JoAnn LeClair, owner of Unique Designs, in the Hathaway Center.

Greene, who owns the production company 3 A.M. Music Group, has recorded about 300 songs. He is going on tour with Sean Kingston starting Aug. 26 at Port City Music Hall in Portland and then they will join Justin Bieber for shows in Boston and Madison Square Garden, among other places.

"Each show is going to be 20,000 people a night," Greene said. "Isn't that crazy?"

Greene in 2008 was featured in several episodes of E! network's reality show, "Living Lohan," featuring actress Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina, and sister, Ali.

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