No, it’s not a Justin Bieber throwback but. . .
. . . the words of Nathan Sykes on his reinvention.
Nathan Sykes was first known as a member of the British-Irish boy band, The Wanted. With hit songs: “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun,” the band was known worldwide for their Eurodance-tinged sound.
When the band went into hiatus in 2014, a question formed: “What happened?” While it’s unclear how the band broke up, Nathan Sykes has made a comeback as a solo artist. With singles like, “Kiss Me Quick” and “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” his return has shown a new side to his sound. Yet, we begin to wonder – who is Nathan Sykes?
Nathan Sykes is a dashing 22-year-old who has been in the music industry longer than you’d think. Joining The Wanted in 2009, at the age of 16, he was the youngest member in the band! However, in an interview with Rolling Stone he admits to feeling he’s never got a chance to figure out what he really wanted to do. Until now.
As a child, Sykes was surrounded by his mother’s love for big band and swing music (especially from the Rat Pack era,) and his father’s passion for Motown and R&B. With these genres of music engraved in his soul, it isn’t a surprise to hear that he’s “bringing in elements like soul and jazz and R&B” into his pop album and that he’s found his voice.
The young singer has completely reinvented himself into “a more soulful, lounge-y, big band-tinged pop croon” that is definitely shown in his latest single, “Kiss Me Quick.”
“Kiss Me Quick” is Sykes debut single that was released this past July, and I have been privileged to give it a listen. While “Glad You Came” is that catchy tune that still gets stuck in my head long since radio stations stopped playing it, “Kiss Me Quick” is something else entirely.
It is a fresh song with surprising twists that I deeply enjoy. With an excellent tempo and dynamics, the song cannot be categorized as just pop. As it is the perfect blended combination of jazz, R&B and pop. And please, let’s not forget to mention the beautiful trumpet playing in the background!!
“Kiss Me Quick” is a spicy song that can be seen as an explosion of color and taste, and it gives a pretty good insight into Sykes upcoming album. Especially as he feels confident in his new direction, “I really hope that people enjoy this complete reintroduction [of me], but I say, ‘Never say never.’”
Nathan Sykes album is coming out early next year, and it is definitely on my radar as it should be on yours.