Mikky Ekko, the son of a preacher man (literally), is spreading a certain kind of gospel of his own. “Smile”, the lead single off his upcoming debut album Time, reflects on precisely that, and what its passing has in store for us all:
Smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun
Got nowhere to go, we could be here for a while
But the future is forgiving so smile….
And I wanna be somewhere away from this place
And somewhere just a little closer to grace
The influence of Ekko’s spiritual Southern upbringing comes through in the lyrics of “Smile”. The single flips from despairing to hopeful, just like the ups and downs real life brings.
That being said, Mikky Ekko has plenty reason to smile.
Last year he collaborated on Rihanna’s “Stay“ which led to a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Collaboration and live performance on “music’s biggest night” in front of music’s biggest stars. Ekko also landed gigs opening for Jessie Ware and Justin Timberlake.
Just last night, Mikky Ekko was nominated for a 2014 MTV Video Music Award with David Guetta for “Best Video with a Social Message” for the song “One Voice,” which the two recorded for the United Nations’ “The World Needs More” campaign (Beyoncé took home the Moonman for “Pretty Hurts”).
With a couple EP’s under his belt, Ekko launches his debut album Time this fall and has projects with Zedd, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, and more in the works.
Keep an eye on this fast rising star.
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